?

Log in

No account? Create an account

The Past | The Previous

"You're really a writer?"

I am standing in a bar in Newtown. L's birthday.

"Yeah. It's not that fascinating, though. What do you--"

L introduced me to her friends as a writer.

"But you get books published!"

It's taking a while to move beyond that.

"Seriously, it's not that cool. There's no money, no beautiful people--it's just egotistical authors."

The girl in front of me laughs.

"And I say that--I say that 'cause I'm a fucking egotistical author. I'm the fucking worse. I can't even be friends with an author. You're not an author are you?"

"No," she says. "I'm just, y'know--"

"A cosmonaut?"

She laughs, places a hand on my arm. "You're pretty funny."

"I have my moments."

It's going well now. Not talking about being an author and the down and out reality of that (and the inevitable, "What do you write?" kind of questions, which lately I explain with, "Weird things."). Anyhow, I'm able to relax a little, and I do, trying to ignore the shit music playing in the background, and I note that there's no smoking inside the bar. All the smokers are going outside. When did that begin to happen? I haven't been locked up for that long. In fact, when was the last time I saw someone smoking inside a bar?

"So, are you seeing anyone?"

Fuck the smokers.

"Me? No. You?"

"I'm married."

She holds up her hand and, yes, sure enough, there's a ring. It looks like most rings to me.

"Who you married to?"

"Over there." She points to the guy talking to L. "Five years now."

"So, how come you're asking if I'm single then?"

"I work at a dating agency."

This is really not going in any direction I thought it would.

"I help people find people, y'know? What do you look for in a girl?"

"I like them to be nice to me."

She laughs. "No, I mean, do you like tall girls, short girls? Asian? Indian? White? Tell me what you look for. I'll help you out. For free. No cost. You can meet a nice girl, you know?"

I laugh.

"What's so funny?" she asks.

"I've never had a girl try to pick me up for her dating agency before."

Comments

( 46 Soaking Up Bandwidth — Soak Up Bandwidth )
catsparx
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
so did she set you up for a date?
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
nah, i declined. it's not really my scene. she later told me that the goal of girls at this place are to get married--they're all looking for husbands and shit.
(no subject) - catsparx - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - catsparx - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - catsparx - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - catsparx - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - catsparx - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - buymeaclue - Jun. 18th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - catsparx - Jun. 19th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - porphyre - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - porphyre - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - porphyre - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - porphyre - Jun. 18th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - porphyre - Jun. 18th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC) - Expand
the_flea_king
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Best post I've read all evening. I wish more interesting things would happen to people whose journals I read.
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
yeah, i'm lucky like this ;)
tigersmeleth_86
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
My mother has been driving me up the wall for the past twenty minutes, and my business powerpoint the hour before that.

Thank you soooooooo much for this post, it made my day much better!
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
you're welcome :)
(no subject) - noodles_morgyn - Jun. 18th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - noodles_morgyn - Jun. 20th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Odds are good that you'll at least have sex a few times before you die...and you'll probably fall in love too.

Pretty much happens to most everyone eventually.

And on that happy note I see that Wheatland Press has another buy one at $19.95 and get one free sale going on until June 30th.

---factory farmer
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
shit, i must have missed that post. thanks ff. i'll link it tomorrow.
(no subject) - deborahlive - Jun. 18th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Deleted comment)
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
oh, yeah, that'll work out well for me for sure ;)
kazzibee
Jun. 18th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
clearly this woman is a vampire! her behaviour reminds me of people who sell amway.

i think you should avoid persons such as herself and meet yourself a noice loidy.

ya cunt!


heehee

benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
yeah, well, i didn't nae take her up on her offer.

you want to hear something funny? i just got a bit of spam on the old cunt entry. it says, 'you need drugs?'
(no subject) - kazzibee - Jun. 18th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC) - Expand
ironed_orchid
Jun. 18th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Man, writers are the worst. The only people worse than writers are musicians.
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
nah, actors trump both.
(no subject) - ironed_orchid - Jun. 18th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC) - Expand
buymeaclue
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
>no beautiful people

Speak for yourself, m'dear. ;)
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
now who's living in denial ;P
(no subject) - buymeaclue - Jun. 18th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - benpeek - Jun. 18th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
ex_chrisbil
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
That's amusing. Haha. In fact, reminds me...

Saturday:
Lucie: "Chris, honey, you're smart, you're funny, you've got a great job... you're ticking all the boxes darling! *to friend* And he writes"
Me: "I don't write anything sellable."
Lucie: "Well, I'm just saying. If I wasn't taken, things would b..."
Me *interrupting*: "The night we met you were single."
Lucie: "Well..."
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
it was the great job. they're always a downside.
( 46 Soaking Up Bandwidth — Soak Up Bandwidth )