Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Try Not to Send Him (Her) Running Back to the Ex
Anyone else notice I've been the offender in these latest posts?
Context: He's an alum from a local college, one which many of my high school classmates attended. We play the name game.
"So who did you hang out with from my school?" I ask.
He begins, "Well, I knew Scott ____."
"Oh, right right. I remember him."
"Let's see. Jessica _____."
"Sure. Sure." I nod.
"Oh, and there's Brian _____."
Thinking, I respond, "Hmm. Can't quite place him."
"And Michelle _____."
"Oh my God! You know Michelle? She and I used to hang out back in the day. She is definitely one of the nicest people I've ever met. This one time, in sixth grade......" Diarrhea of the mouth ensues as Ken politely nods and 'mmm hmms' and 'uhh huhs' at the right times. Finally wrapping up my story, I finish with, "Anyway, I just remember her being such a great person."
Fast forward to Date 3:
Context: Discussing high school reunions
I offer information on my own reunion, "I went to my ten year a couple years ago. It was ok. There were a lot of people I would have liked to see who didn't show. Oh! But, you know who did? Michelle! And boy, she looks great! Sounds like she's doing well too. She's living in North Carolina and is pretty successful. It was great to see her."
Looking slightly uncomfortable, Ken says, "(Dauntless), uh, I don't know how to tell you this, but Michelle and I dated for about two years."
Firmly clasping my jaw shut so it doesn't hit the floor, I reply with a clipped, "Oh." What the fuuuuuck? Stupid, stupid, stupid. "Well, you know, she didn't look that great."
Fast forward to the day after Date 3:
As if the wound needed salt, I decided to pull out my high school year book to look up Michelle's picture. While flipping to her name, I came across the "Best" section. There she was. In full color. Voted 'best personality' by a senior class of over 500.
Well, at least I was right about her. She was cool.