Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tanzanian termite mound = worst pickup line ever?

Yesterday on a crowded inbound C-line to downtown, I managed to procure a coveted seat. With no coffee yet, I promptly leaned my head against the wall and closed my eyes, attempting to doze.

It was a quiet train. Morning commutes are always like that. So when someone starts talking, the conversation sounds clear as day.

There was a 20-something girl next to me reading a book. A 20-something guy was standing in front of her -- being a packed train, he was holding onto the bar above her.

I'm still trying to doze when this guy suddenly starts talking to the girl.

"Is it true if you talk to more than one person on the train in the morning, you turn into a Tanzanian termite mound?"

"Uh. Not that I know of," the girl replied, and went back to reading her book.

The guy then walked away to take a seat across the way and all was quiet again. I had to double check myself to make sure I didn't just dream that bizarre moment, but I was definitely awake.

It was either one of the strangest pickup lines ever/failed attempt to start a conversation and make the girl laugh, or the guy was tripping on something at 8:30 in the morning.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

If I ignore you, don't punch me in the arm

Today was just one of those days. I was exhausted, hungry, stressed about multiple projects due and in desperate need of coffee. I had a lot on my mind. So when I sat down on one of the benches in the Boylston stop, I was in no mood for any sort of chitchat. A sort-of creeper/sort-of homeless looking guy sat down next to me. I was looking away, towards the next train approaching (hoping it was a C-line), when I heard sort-of creeper ask someone for a cigarette. I guess he was asking me, cause when I didn't answer, he punched me in the arm to get my attention. When I finally turned my head, glaring at him, he didn't get the hint.

Now full-fledged creeper guy: Do you have a smoke?
Me: No. (turns head away)
Creeper guy: Do you live in Brookline?
Me: *ignores*

WTF? How the heck did he figure that one out? Do I have the Brookline "look"?

I didn't even have the energy to tell him I don't smoke or to lie and say I lived in Switzerland. I just got on the next train, which happened to be a C-line after all.