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Tall Tale from a Short Girl

June 17, 2009

tall_manIt was a dark and stormy night…

Oh wait – it was bright and lovely afternoon.
(Gotta admit, the first set up is a lot sexier.)

I had hopped the train for a date one square over.  This was an online thing so the plan was non-commital hot beverage consumption.  Brice was a 6′ 8″ non-profit consultant who obviously didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to be a point guard for an obscure midwestern franchise.

Our designated meeting spot was the top of the train station exit.  Truth be told – we didn’t need to get that specific.  It’s kinda hard to miss someone when they are a full 15 inches taller.  My date was promptly waiting to greet me when I emerged from the station.

They say women decide (well, you know) within five minutes. I usually have four minutes and 55 seconds to spare. This was one of those instances.  I can’t point to a specific reason for the lack of attraction. (Perhaps I sensed emotional availability.) ‘It’ just wasn’t there.  Considering high the percentage of people who don’t hit it off – not such a big deal.  Chalk it up to one less man to date in search of that ‘indescribable something’.

In any case, meeting someone new is rarely a complete loss.  Everyone is interesting in some way.  The less apparent it is, the bigger the challenge it is to draw it out.  That’s how I amuse myself, anyways.  As we walked to the coffee/chocolate shop, I commenced with the small talk:

“Are you from around here?”
“You came up here for school. Which one?”
“Bergsen M.B.A., huh? What year?”
“Oh- do you know Aaron Smith?”

[Cue: Awkward laughter.]
Brice did know Aaron. From the look on his face I could tell that our mutual acquaintance wasn’t gonna earn me any bonus points. Now it was his turn to ask the questions:

“How do you know Aaron?”

Well… Aaron and I had dated on and off during the 2nd semester of my sophomore year. It was an odd pairing (better suited to friendship) but things ended amicably enough that we kept in touch. My fondness not withstanding, it wasn’t a shocker to learn that someone else held a different opinion. Aaron was no diplomat.

Apparently, my old friend had “pursued” Brice’s girlfriend the year before they got together.  I can imagine he was, how shall I say… “forward” in his approach.  Several months after my coffee date, I heard the other side of the story (at Aaron’s wedding, no less.) Everyone from the B-school crowd confirmed a similar story.  Basically, Brice had… shall we say, ‘strong’ feelings about Aaron.  Not one to take offense easily, Aaron found the whole thing amusing.

Not withstanding the unpleasant shock dealt to Brice by the fickle internet gods, he was a gentleman and offered to give me a lift home.  I accepted, started to give directions and was stopped mid-sentence.

“Wait, wait, wait… that’s less than a block from where I live.”

It was.  Our backyards are catty corner, on opposite sides of the same corner house.

You might be thinking.  “Wow – what a coincidence!  That’s a great ending to the story.”

You would be wrong.

When I got back to my apartment, I told my roommates about my afternoon.  As I was telling the story I remember something.  Something that turned the world from small to flat-out claustrophobic in three seconds flat.

[Flashback to a few months earlier]
My roommate, Hank, and I were chatting in the kitchen.  He glanced out the window as he was stirring the sauce.  All of a sudden, Hank began to gesturing for me to take a look at something- something that I had to see.

“Sylvia… you gotta come ‘ere. Have you ever noticed this?”

By “this” he was referring to the unobstructed view into the first floor bathroom of the house behind ours… currently occupied by a guy…
…who was buck naked…
…on the commode…
…and obviously unfamiliar with the principals of horizontal blind usage for maximum privacy. That subject must not be a part of business school curriculum.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go poke out both of my eyes while you go outside to see what kind of free show you have been putting on for the neighbors.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. winniesylvester permalink*
    June 17, 2009 9:42 PM

    So you saw brice’s long grain of rice, eh? ;o

    • mizzsylviawinchester permalink
      June 20, 2009 2:31 AM

      Naw. I’ve been cutting down on carbs.

  2. Richard permalink
    December 5, 2009 5:43 PM

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  3. December 28, 2009 2:04 PM

    i feel what everyone is talking about but being tall does have advanatges certain places but sometimes people look at me mostly when i wear two inch heels and cant stop staring like im a moster and i hate it but i dont hate being tall i love it im taller then all my friends and im skinny to and i love it but it is hard to find boys nowadys who are tall and who like tall and skinny girls cause nowadys if you are african american or hispicanic race boys like u to have some meat on your bones and to be thick which i find stupid cause back in the days guys loves their women tall and skiinny now its hard for me just to find a boy who tall enough for me and mature enough for me. One time i wore heels to school and everyones reaction was why im wearing 7 inche heels which i wasnt wearing 7 inch heels it was only 2 inches i never wore heels again to school cause the boys reaction was grose and nasty they kept stalking me and i hated it cause i was serilulsy taller then most people which im just tall and skinny which people dont understand i just cant wait for my highschool graduation when all the other girls are wearing heels just like me and they’ll see that its always been me whos tall not the heels im 16 years old and im 5’8 im proud. ive always been tall since i was born.

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