Sunday, January 24, 2010

on the train

Brought to you by the neighborhood genius, Chinaka Hodge:

The Line: Have you heard of the publication Jet Magazine? You should contact them and see if they'll come and do a photo shoot. They have an 800 number that you can call.

What She Heard: You look like a throwback beauty of the week for a floundering barber shop mag who needs a toll free number in her world.

Why It's Wack: Perhaps I've lived under a rock my entire life, and have yet to discover the untold treasures of Jet... but to insinuate that I'm looking to be affirmed by posing in an outdated swimsuit, and that I should petition Jet for such an honor, utterly ridiculous.

I Think What You Meant Was: little sister, you look nice today. Best of luck to you in all you do.

Next time try: recycling your back issues and look for me on HBO. Or in the New York Times.

Friday, January 8, 2010

from an adjacent restaurant table

The line: "There's so many things to be happy about in the world. Here's my card. I want to bring you joy."

What She Heard: "Stop crying. Your petty problems can be solved with my art and wisdom. $29.95."

Why It's Wack: You must think the watercolored clinical psychology degree on your office wall has granted you magical powers. Not only should you never come at me when I'm drowning my sorrows in grits and eggs, but there is no room for you or your art in my inner circle. Erased!

I Think What You Meant Was: "I know I'm interrupting your tearful private conversation, but my art is revolutionary and I can't let you go on without it."

Next time, try: Minding your own waffle.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

on repeat, at the club

The line: "Your thickness is my sickness... gurrrrl."

What She Heard: "I'm feeling woozy. Must be your mid-section."

Why It's Wack: You must think rhyming neutralizes creepy behavior. Your persistence is less annoying than your apparent obsession with my thighs, but every good hook needs at least a verse and a chorus.

I Think What You Meant Was: "I like you so much, you've triggered my mild tourettes."

Next time, try: a new line after the first attempt doesn't yield your desired reaction. If rhyming is your thing, show your creativity with more than a one-liner.

Monday, January 4, 2010

to the chef

The line: "You are so cute. And your food smells so good."

What She Heard:"I'm hungry. In more ways than one."

Why It's Wack: You must think the shortest way to a woman's heart is through your stomach. Yes, a talented chef is hard to find, but your compliment is completely unimaginative.

I Think What You Meant Was: "I want to hit on you. Quick! What's something I can talk about with you? Are you wearing a chef's jacket? Feed me!"

Next time, try: Buying a plate and telling your friends about my new restaurant. Just sayin.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

on a (terrible) first date

The line: "You should take me back to your place so I can give you a shoulder massage. You look stressed."

What I Heard: "I want to see where you live so I can show up unannounced later. I'm impressed by your posture."

Why It's Wack: You must think your hands have the magic ability to shift time, space, and circumstance. The likelihood of my allowing you to get anywhere near my house after you've demonstrated a serious deficit in understanding social conventions is non-existent. You're lucky I didn't run out the door when you took off your shoe to scratch your foot, I really have no interest in that hand coming anywhere near me. Ever.

I Think What You Meant Was: "I don't know why you're making that face and sitting so far away from me, so I'll find a way to touch you and show you my intuitive side."

Next time, try: Avoiding the diagnoses and offers for treatment until I've asked you for a copy of your official transcript and letters of recommendation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

on a first date

The line: "I have trouble with being faithful."

What She Heard: "I will definitely cheat on you."

Why It's Wack: You must think honesty is always the best policy. In fact, it's sometimes best to keep "in progress" things to yourself. While it's mildly admirable that you've made this self-discovery, you should consider each new date an opportunity to practice breaking that nasty little habit.

I Think What You Meant Was: "I have cheated in the past, and I don't want you to get your hopes up about me, so I'll put it out on the table and if you run away, it's on you."

Next time, try: Walking the walk before you talk the talk.