Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Getting Picked Up...



As a guy, we all have day dreams of being out on a typical day and having a beautiful woman come up to us and say, "Hi, do you want to get coffee?" Unfortunately for most of us, this never ever happens. Frankly it's one of the most disappointing things about life. I can't tell you how many times I've sat in a cafe or restaurant or wherever, hoping a girl in a booth/in a line/reading a book would make the first move...but alas, it never happened...until now.

Yesterday I was sitting on a sidewalk stool, eating sticky rice, like I do almost every morning. I was wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt, ready to go to the gym after devouring my breakfast. Well, out of nowhere I heard someone ask me, "Excuse me, do you speak English?" I looked over and saw a giant friendly smile. I said that indeed I spoke English. Well, my friendly breakfast neighbor must have liked my looks because right after that I was invited for coffee. Yeah, I was totally picked up.

This is exactly how I always pictured this happening except for one small-ish detail -- I was going to coffee with a dude.

I chalk this up in the column of things that would never happen in America. Can you picture a guy in a suit (married with kids) asking another guy -- who is clearly on the way to the gym -- to coffee?

8 comments:

mom said...

Maybe he just wanted to practice his English?

Benjamin said...

That is exactly what he wanted to do. Nice guy. I emailed with him yesterday saying if he wants to practice again to let me know.

Yen Phung said...

lol funny! at least you were picked up. I was in your new friend's shoes but I didnt end up offering him (an expat) a coffee.

mom said...

What was that show? Mother knows best - before your time?

Nicole said...

I just wanted to drop in and leave a message to say how much I enjoy reading your blog and about your adventures in Vietnam. I've been reading for a couple of months now and it's always a pleasure. Keep it up.

Payton said...

Never happen in America??? It happens every day at my local Starbucks in Weho.

Anonymous said...

weho? really?? I've only had bad experiences there with superficial ninnies

Benjamin said...

Thanks for reading, Nicole! I appreciate the kind words.

Payton! I didn't know you were a follower. I have no doubt a good looking Jewish "doctor" like you gets picked up every day in WeHo!