"Oh what a beautiful - beautiful day!" I shouted at the top of my lungs
... to myself of course. I felt like screaming it aloud, but I didn't want to draw any unnecessary attention as usual.
I was walking down, or up the avenue, I'm not too sure of the
difference or who decides such things. With me was my new acquaintance
Denise. I guess you could call it a date. She was young and extremely
attractive despite her best efforts to conceal her beauty. She wore little
or no make-up, I really couldn't tell. Her dress was casual in a style I'm
sure was all the rage a decade ago. She had long thin blonde hair that she
haphazardly pinned up leaving little strands to hang over her Clark Kent
glasses, which I'm guessing weren't even prescription. I suppose she
thought they made her appear hip or maybe intellectual. Whatever the
reason I could tell she was a Barbie Doll in disguise and I planned to
unmask her the first chance I got ... hopefully this evening. I don't like
to invest too much time in such pursuits.
I was waiting for something to say. I had only met her a few days
earlier and wasn't passed the awkwardness of being completely myself,
which in my case was probably for the best. I always seemed to do better
in relationships when I slowly reveal my true personality. You know a
little here a little there ... but never the whole thing.
Finally the strange silence was broke. Suddenly it seemed I had been
assigned the role of entertainer. This suited me just fine since I usually
find other people's interests quite boring and that's when they can
actually make up their minds on what they really want to do. I've wasted a
large portion of my life waiting and waiting for people to decide.
"Daniel?" She asked without looking up from her feet.
"I want to do something new today," she slowly raised her eyes to mine.
"Isn't an afternoon walk downtown (uptown?) with me exciting enough?" I replied with a bit of cockiness.
"Of course, but you know what I mean, something new ... pleeese." half
smiling in a type of whining voice that was cute for now but would
probably be excruciatingly annoying after a few years, or perhaps a couple
"No I don't know what you mean, new to you, new to us, or something
that no one else in the history of the world has ever done before?" I
replied with a smug smile at my ability to completely dissect her sentence
in a way that seemed witty but would probably be excruciatingly annoying
in a few years, or perhaps a couple more minutes.
She remained silent. I guess she has yet to learn the art of stroking
someone's ego with laughter.
Then I asked, "Have you ever been to The Deedle Stephens Gallery?"