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November 20th, 2008


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11:48 pm - BARTfan
So I leaned against the column at Macarthur station and sighed heavily.

This Chinese dude with a fold-up bike commented, "Long day?" Yeah, I replied, it was a very long day. It had been a whole week of long days, really; I've been swamped at work (I'm too busy performing to do my performance review), and to top it all off, today they saddled me with a new computer (and a new keyboard [and they took away my second monitor]), and little things are fucked up and different and annoying, and I am pathologically change-averse—I swear to God, I think I had a mild panic attack when I was told I was changing computers today and not, like, in a week or two. I didn't go into all this with this complete stranger, however, who proceeded to ask me where I worked and what I did, so I explained. He had questions, and I answered.

He asked me why I didn't just drive to Emeryville, since there was plenty of parking. Realizing he thought I was going home from work, I told him I was going to a movie in Berkeley. He asked what movie. I told him Terminator 2 and explained about the theatre showing old movies for five bucks every Thursday.

It had been a long four minutes waiting for the train, but it finally came, and we got on. As the doors closed, a Chinese girl just scraped by, out of breath. The guy asked her if she had trouble running or something, and she said she was a runner, but it was hard to run in her heels. And carrying three bags. I agreed that running with bags was difficult, having had experience.

The Chinese dude asked her where she worked. I wondered whether he asked everyone this, or just Asians.

The girl said she worked and studied; she was on her way to a Kaplan class right now. Which one, asked the guy. MCAT. I mentioned that I'd trained to teach for Kaplan. The GRE class, though. She said she was going to take the GRE as well. Was she going for an MD/PhD? No, she said, MD/MPH. Oh! Cool! As I said to her, the speakers at the medical writing conferences I went to tended to be in public health, and I found the field really interesting. We discussed it a bit.

Ashby station. People got out, and people got in. A man got in between in the three of us, and I used the opportunity to distance myself a little from the very inquisitive Chinese dude and read a bit of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which he had been keeping me from doing.

But a little distance didn't stop him! He leaned over and asked me about those movies. I said they had them every Thursday, and I thought the Landmark theatre on Piedmont did a similar thing; there were probably a lot of theatres in the area that regularly showed older movies.

He asked my name. Sunil. He was Kevin. "You seem like a really nice guy," he said. "Can I BART is loud?"

Not knowing what he said but assuming he wanted to give me his number or e-mail address or something, I just said, "Yeah." Instead, he pulled out his phone. Shit, he wanted my number. "Maybe we could chat sometime." Uh.

He punched in the 510. "510?" he asked. No, I said, 734. Where was that? Ann Arbor. Was that where I was from? No, that's where I went to grad school. I didn't change it when I moved here? Well, it would be a hassle to tell everyone. I don't know why I gave him my actual number. I could have made something up. I could have let him keep the 510. But, no, I just gave this random dude my phone number. And he'll wait three days and call me to go out to dinner and a movie.

Why couldn't he have been a cute girl?? Or, hell, a girl, period. At least then I would know girls are interested in me. It's hard to tell sometimes.
Current Mood: stressedstressed out of my goddamn mind
Current Music: Jason Spitz - Roots

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From:duchessdogberry
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
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And he'll wait three days and call me to go out to dinner and a movie.

And it'll all be perfect but then he'll get fresh during the darkness of the movie and your reputation will be ruined!

At least then I would know girls are interested in me. It's hard to tell sometimes.

You're cute!
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From:chasethestars
Date:November 21st, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
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I agreed that running with bags was difficult, having had experience.
aww, I thought you were going to say "in heels" there somewhere too!

Nice effect with the blacked out text!

Have some numbers to give out.

Why didn't you dodge the guy and go back to talking to the girl? Maybe she would have asked you for your number too!
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From:sophia_helix
Date:November 21st, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
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That is weird. Also, I'm sorry I didn't respond to your T2 email! I am made of fail and also have driven a million miles recently. I hope it was fun.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
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It was! According to Tris, it was "hella awesome" and "totally rad."
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 21st, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)
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Why couldn't he have been a cute girl?? Or, hell, a girl, period. At least then I would know girls are interested in me. It's hard to tell sometimes.

Hey, I've got exactly the same problem!

Did you feel he was interested interested, or that he was just searching for someone to hang out with? I'm having difficulties getting into the mindset of people who want personal info from people they've only just met on the train.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
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Tris thinks he might have just moved here and is looking for friends or something, which might explain the interest in the movie theatres. I didn't get the impression that he was gay or anything. But we were together for about ten minutes, and I wasn't showing the slightest bit of interest in him (since, like I said, I was more in the "reading book and escaping from the world" mood than "engaging with the world" mood). So I don't know.
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From:mycenae
Date:November 21st, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)
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So... was he cute?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
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Hee. Not really. Just a regular guy. The girl was nice-looking, though.
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From:electricmonk
Date:November 21st, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
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Once I considered giving someone a fake number, but then he was like, "I'll call you right now so you'll have mine too!" Cell phones ruin the best evasive tactics. And the ones I wouldn't evade haven't asked. One of those is named Kevin, actually. BUT NEVER MIND.

Just don't let him pay for dinner, or he might expect certain things, you know.
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From:janieluk
Date:November 21st, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
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You could ask girls for their phone numbers? I know, I know. I don't either.
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From:ste_noni
Date:November 21st, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
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One of the kinds-scary, drug dealing dudes in my high school asked for my number once (I was too scared to give him a fake number). When he actually called me, I pretended it was a wrong number. You could try that! If he calls.

Oh, and the guy ran into me in Health class the next day and was mad at me. Which made me feel bad because he was both scary and the sort of kid that no one really liked.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I may just not pick up if I see a strange 510 number. I would feel mean, though.
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From:punzerel
Date:November 21st, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Aw. Have a hug or three. *hugs hugs hugs*

I totally thought the blacked-out text was going to be a link to CAN I HAVE YO NUMBA? My sister and I went through a phase of obsession with that video.

ALSO, silly cow, you are a) kind b) funny c) intelligent d) articulate e) many other wonderful qualities, so of course girls will be interested in you. But girls are shy too. I bet you One Million Dollars there have been girls that crushed on you in the past without you knowing.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Hee. "That's a French-ass name, Yvonne!"

You're nice.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:November 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Waaait a second. How old was this guy? The whole beginning of the story I was imagining this cute older Chinese man.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
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No, he was probably younger than I was. Twenties.
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From:upanashad
Date:November 21st, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
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That is weird.

Also, I totally forgot until I was reading this about the movie last night. Sorry I didn't get back to you. A friend of mine is in town so I've been distracted.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Hope you're having fun! Too bad you couldn't come last night.
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From:maka2000
Date:November 21st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
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I don't know why I gave him my actual number.

Oh. Oh, Sunil. Call block.

But hey, buck up, someone hit on you so you got that going for you!

Sorry you're stressed.
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From:soundingsea
Date:November 21st, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Lots of girls are interested in you! They just didn't happen to be louder than this dude (or than the BART). For all you know, MD/MPH girl was really hoping to talk to you more, but Dude was just too much for her to deal with.

There will be another BART car without Needy Dude.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I felt like I was part of some social experiment.
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From:sterope
Date:November 22nd, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
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Raaaaaandom!! I get mega-awkward talking to people I don't know. I'm not the sort who approaches strangers, so it totally weirds me out when strangers approach me. Maybe he just likes people?

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