Exiting the David Jones food court use to be one of my greatest thrills (understand, I spend most of my day typing words into an inanimate object that fails to engage me in any sort of conversation and no, it’s a not a boy – BAM!) and it was upon making this exit that I ran into a guy called Gareth (yep, let’s call him that cause it’s his real name :))
He was a guy I’d met through friends about 18 months back when I relocated to Melbourne. We got on, he was cute, had brown hair and made me laugh and so we agreed to go and have a drink together. Nothing too formal, just a casual get to know you better inner city drink.
But as luck would have it I needed to fly to Sydney that weekend, so we rescheduled – he then had a sudden deadline, we rescheduled. He rang me for that drink; I was going to London for a week but would call when I got back. I did, but he was relocating to New York indefinitely. It was just one of those things…and yet, now here he was standing before me in his cords and tussled hair, maybe it was fate, him catching me just as I was in the middle of gorging on DJ’s fresh baked cookies.
‘Hello’ I smiled as we enviably crossed paths.
‘Oh hi’ he smiled back.
‘You’re back!’ I proclaimed.
‘I’m back’ he too proclaimed!
‘Wow’ I surmised.
‘You look great’ he observed.
‘So do you’ I offered back.
‘What have you been up to?’ he enquired.
‘Oh you know the usual…deadlines and stuff.’ I surrended.
‘Yep, don’t I know it’ he casually laughed back.
‘Yeah’ I nodded.
And then silence befell us both.
‘So maybe we should catch up for that drink?’ I coyishly asked.
‘I don’t think so.’ He said.
(Note to self: this is why you don’t ask people out Lou, you see what happens! Sure, you might be a sure thing Lou, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is – BAD GIRL! BAD GIRL!)
‘Oh ok then…’ the words stumbled out of my mouth, as some random biscuit crumbs escaped down my cleavage; a once sexy calling card now functioning as a tragic catchment area.
As I started to schlep away my shoe decided to fall off (don’t look back Lou, keep walking, you don’t need that shoe, you’re a one shoe kinda gal, just keep walking…you’re almost out of site…) and then came a tap on my shoulder.
It was Gareth – I means how many times did I have to run into that guy today!!!!!!!!!
‘You? What do you want?’
‘I wanted to ask you a question?’ he asserted.
‘Yeah, sure whatever…’ I mumbled back.
‘Why would you want to have a drink with a guy that obviously can’t stand the site of?’
‘Well you kept cancelling, and I’m not great with hints but I get there…eventually.’
‘So did you! You cancelled all the time!’
‘I had things come up – you told me you understood Lou.’
‘I had things come up too.’
‘Writing a blog is not a ‘thing’.
‘Yeah, well writing for the…. what it is you wrote for?’
‘The New Yorker Louise.’
‘Yeah, well writing for the New Yorker is not a thing either.’
‘I’ll think you find it is Lou’
“I know you are, but what am I?’
‘Nothing – Belle Jour made money from her blog.’
‘Yeah, but she was high end.’
‘You’re not high end are you Lou, you have stumpy legs.’
‘Don’t you think I know that!’?
I turned to walk away…’Hey not so fast lady, you didn’t answer my question.’
‘I liked you – I wanted that drink and now I’m back in Melbourne, I can’t say much more than that.’ I spat out, now wishing I’d picked up my other shoe.
‘And you’re committed to Melbourne now?’
‘Yes’ I replied
Now as soon as I said that word I should’ve frozen time, stepped out and gone and got a tattoo in my forehead that read: ‘everything I say from this point in will sound desperate.’
‘I was only asking you out for a drink’ – translated as ‘I’d drink petrol to be with you.’
‘So, are you seeing anyone right now?’ – translated as ‘I’m fertile, there’s an alley round back, lets go make babies – HI FIVE!’
‘I’m staying with my parents’ – translated as ‘It’s a been a while….’
So you can imagine it came as quite a shock to young Gareth after he leaned in and whispered in my ear ‘Ok, I’ll give you another chance’ -that my response might be ‘thanks, but no thanks.’
‘I knew it!’ he exclaimed! ‘You never liked me and you know how I know? You never even tried to track me down on Facebook!’
‘What? – I didn’t even know your surname!’
‘What is your trauma?’
‘Oh I know all about you Ms Sanz – your comedy, your lesbian group for comics, you’re little blog…and yet you know nothing about me.’
‘Oh believe me Gareth I’m learning a lot right now.’
‘I kept waiting for your friendship request, but nothing…day after day, month after month…’
‘You’re kidding me…you could’ve requested me you know, Facebook is a two way street.’
‘You’d like that wouldn’t you Lou, some guy crawling to you. Back to you.’
‘Back to me? We were never together.’
‘Well that’s news to me Lou.’
(Note to self: buy that house in the country and begin a life of solitude, buy a pug, call him Ned – he will be the only companion you never need.)
‘Listen Gareth I was only suggesting we have a drink to be polite, I’m actually seeing someone right now…sure it’s new and every – ‘
‘LIAR!!!! LOU! LIAR!’
‘Ok, I’m going to go…’
‘What you fail to realise Lou is I read your blogs, your little stories. I know the truth.’
I walked away, his voice fading into the distance…so you read my blogs to you Gareth? Well I hoped you enjoyed this one!!!!