princess genevieve

mercredi, février 27, 2008

Killjoys

Last night I went to dinner with my friend Erin. We went to this Belgian place that had been recommended by someone in the office, and it was quite good.

Towards the end of our meal, this older Englishman leaned over and says, "Can I buy you two drinks?" We both politely declined, but he keeps talking to us, so we keep talking to him.

He was a pretty interesting guy. He has kids who are about the same age as Erin and me. He is a lawyer who used to work in the diamond industry. He's traveled a ton.

Finally, we let him buy us each a glass of wine, and we kept talking to him. A little while later, he offered to buy our dinners. We both declined.

During the conversation, he managed to get in that he is intimidated by young women like Erin and me, especially American women, because we seem so confident. I don't know that either of us necessarily feel this way all of the time, or even most of the time, but it's interesting to hear from an outsider this is how we appear.

He kept trying to buy us more wine, but we kept declining. Several times we were called killjoys when we refused. Somehow, he ended up buying our dinners. I think when we weren't looking, he flagged down the waitress and told her he wanted to pay for our dinners as well as his. It wasn't cheap - probably about €60 for the two of us, which with the rapidly declining US dollar is about $90.

The whole experience was a bit surreal. Is this what all 65 year old Englishmen are like?

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4 Comments:

At 2/27/2008 8:45 AM, Blogger DDK23 said...

I find that kind of creepy (the repeated offers to buy drinks and dinner), but I don't know why. But maybe that is what made you seem so confident, because you didn't just "submitt" to be taken care of....kind of weird....but it was a free meal at least:-)

 
At 2/27/2008 8:52 AM, Blogger Genevieve said...

you know, it seems like it should have been creepy, but it didn't really feel that way to either of us. He kept mentioning his kids and his wife so I don't think either of us ever felt like he was trying to pick us up or anything.

 
At 2/27/2008 9:15 AM, Blogger Amie said...

Hey, a free meal! As my husband would say, better than a stick in the eye LOL.

 
At 2/27/2008 6:24 PM, Blogger trashalou said...

I've worked in English pubs and they are definitely NOT all like that!

If it didn't feel creepy then yay! Free dinner, pleasant social interaction and great story to tell afterwards.

 

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