Re: The Cat: Patrick G/MJ W
I admit, I have cultivated the giving of turtleneck advice with great care. [Another wink, and his smile was wide and easy. He felt comfortable here, with the cute chick and the bar counter that needed to be wiped down. Patrick might come across as a nervous or chatty dude, but he wasn't nervous. He stammered sometimes, sure, but what dude didn't? Maybe by 40 all stammer would be entirely and most rightly eradicated, but some still hung around. However, dude was cool for the most part.]
Did you just compliment my rather sizable vocabulary? [The guy grinned, impressed with his own impeccable comedic timing. He knew girls like her, man, and they were always trouble with a capital T. All right, all right, so maybe the dude was jumping to conclusions, but he was a connoisseur, man, or he had been before the girl at the lookout.] Nah, man, it's all right. I understand the appeal of the stoic dude. [He looked at her from over his elbow grease.] I bet you're into the rebel guy, right? The guy with the bike and the bad attitude, all James Dean and no cause to his name. [He snapped his fingers.] I got your number, my girl. [But he was all grins until a few seconds into Sunshine's sad tale.] I had a long chat with her about not putting herself down, and I think I made all the existing shit worse. She said her bro thought she was messed up in the head, and I asked her to list shit she liked about herself, and the girl had nada. Not one thing, dude, and then I realized I perhaps lack the emotional awareness to minister to our girl Sunshine. It's a bummer to hear her bro really did bail and fulfill her self-fulfilling prophecy.
[He smiled about Destiny, oblivious in that bro way, and then he laughed about volcanoes.] Man, there's this app with impressive words for your phone. It claims to help you wow the ladies, and I learn things about things, including stratovolcanos. [He winked, because that particular word didn't come from an iPhone app.] Ballet dancer. I dated one of those. She never ate, man, but I'm glad your sis is cool. I'm pro-cool sisters. [He listened to her talk about the lake gig.] Dude, it sucks he was condescending, but I can definitely see you as a sex bomb. I met some guy who took offense to everything. We talked after, and man did I bomb with this guy. Not that I was trying not to bomb, but I am not accustomed to such levels of bombing. Bitter and angry dude named Jude.