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Zen and the Art of Trying Too Hard...


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I people watch. A lot. I was hanging in my favorite beer joint type bars a weekend or two ago and I had a golden opportunity to watch some guy just “trying too hard”.

He was shooting pool with a really vivacious woman. She was attractive but I think it was mostly her attitude that got the guys. Any way this dude (and No, I just don't care for him much... Mostly because the few times I’ve been cornered into a conversation with him, he tended to show ME some macho, bullshit attitude. I don't truck with that crap.) was playing pool with this gal and they were just loud. *grins* And she was kicking every one’s ass who got on the table with her. At first I put it down to too much beer.

But after watching for a while I realized this guy (and he’s married I think) was trying to pick her up... He laughed too loudly at every little thing she said. Spent a lot of time touching her in various places. She flirted hellaciously with him. He bought most of the beers they drank, because he kept losing at pool! Held her own against the onslaught. After a few hours I think he realized (finally) she wouldn’t be going home (or any where) with him and bailed somewhat (un)gracefully.

After he left a succession of guys spent time talking to her. Yes, including me. I was curious... But I had no wish (no agenda) to take any one home. I think she sensed that and spent a bit of time trying to figure out why. Or maybe I can just hold up my end of a conversation. *grins*

I asked around the bar staff about her (Well I found her attractive as well.) and since found out she’s around 50 years old, married, and has a couple of grown children. A fine woman, but off limits to me. I’ll watch others make idiots out of themselves, but I’ll try to spare them my idiocy.

She’s been in there a few times when I’ve been there and we had nice conversations. Flirty, and serious. Nice woman.

And she kicks ass at pool!


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 7th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I love women like that.
they're fun.
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah they are...
Sep. 7th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Having a girlfriend who kicks ass at pool could be a good thing, you know. You can do fun things with her, and you know she knows how to handle a stick and balls.
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Trudat. However, a married GF? I don't think so, amigo. Been there done that. Got the t-shirt and burned it so it couldn't be used as evidence.


Never again, my friend.
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of the time when I was quite a bit lighter than I am now and ended up in the middle of a picture of all these cute young guys. I drank, I talked, I flirted, I danced. Nobody was there to pick me up and at least one of the guys realized I was significantly older than them, but *I* got more attention than the young, pretty girls with them because the other girls were being wallflowers.

Now I'm fat enough (and lack confidence as a result) I don't attract any notice. But even when I was noticeable, I was never gorgeous. Attitude really IS just about everything. :)
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)

Dunno how young most of these guys were. Most of em were close to my age of 50+. Some older than me.

But I'm sure she was flattered by all the attention. Attitude is everything.

Sep. 8th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm sure she WAS flattered by all the attention. I know I was when it happened to me. :)
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)


Sep. 7th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
She must think you're a nice man or she wouldn't talk to you.
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)

Yeah that's me... Harmless.

Sep. 8th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
My friend you aren't 'harmless' you're a good man.
Sep. 8th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I reckon I am. But you know I can't toot my own horn...
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Women can usually tell the BSers from the real ones. That doesn't mean they always make the right choices about them...
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)

Very true. VERY TRUE.

Sep. 8th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
Just don't play pool with her!
Sep. 8th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
HAH! Not a chance.
Sep. 10th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I grinned all the way through this one. GREAT story! People-watching stories are the best.

I was at dinner once in a nice restaurant and was seated quite close to a couple obviously on their first date. The guy was SO obnoxious about making points! She finally shut him down, and he decided to make the best of the evening by trying to sell her on investment products. Sadly my dinner was over before theirs... I wanted to hear the end of that story!
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