Monday, November 22, 2004

Smooth Talker

Yesterday I talked briefly with a woman I hadn't seen since about 1981. I was reminded of an incident that I believe happened in December 1979.

A close friend of mine, let's call him "Ernest", had a big crush on that same woman, "Ethel." Ernest and I were sophomores in high school; she was a freshman. He'd asked her out a number of times, but she declined. Ernest hadn't given up, though, and wanted to give Ethel a Christmas card. Not content to mail it, he chose a high school basketball game to give it to her in person. He waited until the game was over, as everyone was streaming out of the gym. I happened to be walking along nearby, and overheard him trying to get her attention. Did he call out her name? No. Tap her on the shoulder? No. Those would have been reasonable choices. But we're talking about awkward teenagers here.

He said "Hey Stupid!"

It got her attention.