Somewhere on the Outside…

I think I’m going through a bit of a self-absorbed moment. Or maybe I’m lonely? I dunno. I read a great blog post recently about an amazing woman that my friend had encountered. It was a long story of like, love, and loss– how they met, what he felt, what wasn’t in return. I know the woman who inspired the post and yes, she’s as wondrous as he said in 2000 words. She’s a pretty woman, but who isn’t in this city? Her “selling point” is she’s got an inner glow like she’s beaming gold happiness (my theory on what was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction) every time she opens her mouth. That’s a rare find past the age of 10, especially in the QC.

His post is just another in a long list of male declarations and acts of feeling that I’ve witnessed lately. And I wonder what these women are doing to bring out the inner-romantic and gentlemen in my male friends? And like how the f*ck do I inspire it? Can I? Is this like one of those rare traits like dimples that are only given to a privileged few?

Having all this insight into the male mind is a gift and curse. Like I know what men do when they’re interested, so I can’t entertain anyone who comes through half-assed. My tolerance for anyone less than fully smitten is nil.

Next topic.

I’ve cancelled two dates in the past week because… well, frankly I just didn’t feel like going. I’m tired of meeting new people. Like we’ll sit at some restaurant I’ve likely been to before and we’ll talk about all the same things I’ve talked to a hundred other people about. At best, maybe they’ll get “me” and I’ll get “him” and we’ll have a second date that’s just like a hundred second dates that I’ve been on before.

I had this idea for a short film once. It started with a suitor sitting on the left side of my couch. (They all sit on the left.) It’s his first visit to my home so I’m unfailingly polite. I ask if he wants something to drink; he asks “what do you have?” I run off a list of juices (I don’t drink soda). He picks one. I go to the kitchen, select his choice from the fridge (Everyone always asks for orange juice!) I return with his drink, hand it to him in a bar glass. Cut to the next scene. A new suitor, the exact same scenario and the guy looks exactly the same as the last one. I’m wearing the same outfit. After I ask what he wants to drink and answer his query with a list of options and he picks orange juice, the film fades to black. The End.

I will marry the first man who sits on the right and asks for apple or cranberry or grapefruit.

Next topic.

My favorite episode of Sex and the City is Splat! It’s the one where the chick says “I’m so bored I could die” and then accidently falls out of the window. The whole episode is about explaining the appeal of The Russian for Carrie. He’s not The One (what the hell is The One? A penis-possessing Messiah sent to relieve single women of their boredom?) but he’s an option in a world where choices seem to have ceased existence. Carrie could stay on her single path and risk becoming The Vogue Editrix—50 and desperate. Or maybe she could be the pathetic, partied too-hard, too long chick that falls out the window. With options like that, who wouldn’t choose a possibility with Mr. Just Okay?

Are these the choices women are left with if they don’t settle down early or worse, just settle?

Next topic.

I’m not one who make believes
I know that leaves are green
They only turn to brown when autumn comes around
I know just what I say
Today’s not yesterday
And all things have an ending
But what I’d like to know
Is could a place like this exist so beautiful
Or do we have to find our wings and fly away
To the vision in our mind?

-Stevie Wonder “Visions”

Next topic.

I think I’m becoming a pessimist.


10 responses to “Somewhere on the Outside…

  1. you’re not becoming a pessimist….maybe just bored.

    Try doing something different then what you do on the regular. Become ghost for awhile (not on the blog) just in your day-to-day. Don’t do the new things with your friends.

  2. I don’t think you are becoming a pessimist either. Just…well I don’t know. But since my guy and I had a “tiff” last night I was thinking about the same stuff. I even watched the “Splat” episode on DVD. So G.O.O.M.B and thanks for the blog!

  3. i hate orange juice and the russian was a jerk

    i don’t think i have the countenance to just suck it up and be with someone for the sake of being with them

    i would have to be someone other than myself and im not comfortable with that idea

    we all have pessimistic days

  4. i agree with all of the above. i mean, how could you become a pessimist just as holidays and the season of possiblilities arrives?! you just sound bored, bored with the routine. first, be grateful that you’ve been meeting new people. some people complain that the circles in the QC ovelap so much that they can’t find any new people. your boring routine is someone’s fantasy. second, if you are, in fact, tired of meeting new people, give your circles a second look. maybe that guy that was a little too immature to be a possible but was cool enough to hang out with has matured some. (KEWON)….(lol)

    it’s funny but when i read g’s blog, i thought eliza was you. funnier still is the fact that you probably were the inspiration for some man’s romantic musings and you just didn’t know it. that’s one of the things that made his confession special.

    third and last, maybe you need to sit on the left and give your suitors different drinking options, lol. change starts with us.

    you are really a great person..and i’m just saying these things, because i do consider you a friend….


  5. Osha: “maybe you need to sit on the left and give your suitors different drinking options, lol. ”

    Holy crap!! I never thought of that. Thank you for the fresh POV. I love this place!

    – Camron

  6. Maybe a change of scenery will do you good. Sometimes the Charlotte circles can run very small..and its the same old people..doing the same old the same old places.

    and your right-never settle:)

  7. @ Osha

    “it’s funny but when i read g’s blog, i thought eliza was you.”

    WORD!!! LOL

    You didn’t tell me that. LMFAO

    P.S.Cam was born fresh. I ain’t have no parts of that.

  8. @ Osha – yeah i saw that shout out you gave me up top…good looking out!

    @ Cam – from my recollection.. dont you keep the remotes to the TV on the left side of the couch?

  9. Cam: I have moments when I get tired of dating (like you mentioned, it’s the same old thang sometimes!) so then I take a break. Then when I want to be around men (love the girlfriends but sometimes crave the attention/admiration/confidence/protection of a man and just want to go on a date to be around them!) then I do that. I received the best advice I’ve received from a friend recently. I asked her about a guy I’ve gone on a few dates with and I can’t decide if I like him or not so when he asked me for another date I asked my friend what to do (I don’t want to waste his/my time but it takes me a lil while to know if I actually like someone) and her response was: Do what YOU feel. Sounds like you’re already doing it 🙂

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