Strange, but true.
I’m a single hetero guy in my early fifties, nothing much to look at but not run-away-from,screaming either, I think, and this young woman sitting next to me sneezed, I said “Gesundheit” and she started blabbing about how she’s had a bad cold and she’s going into work as a waitress, and I voiced my opinion that working with food when ill is maybe not such a fabulous idea, and she explained that she just started this job and really doesn’t want to seem unreliable and…anyway when she got off the train, she jotted down her phone number and asked me to call her soon so we could finish our conversation.
That’s a little strange, if you’re not familiar with the rarity of human contact on the NYC subway system generally, but it’s much stranger when I tell you that this was a young woman (somewhere in her twenties, I’d say) and rather attractive and well-spoken. She had emigrated to the U.S. from Canada a few weeks ago, and is originally from Tibet. She explained that she was working two jobs (waitress and housekeeper) because she was sending money to her family in Tibet. Since I don’t really have any use for a waitress or a housekeeper, I could only express polite concern for her plight, and I don’t think I looked like a likely source of employment or other financing to her, so I’m wondering what her interest could be in me at all, and why she gave me her number, unprompted.
Since my divorce in the early 1990s, I’ve mostly had steady girlfriends, any one of whom would have made me feel uncomfortable about exploring this in any way, but since I’m (quite happily, thanks) between girlfriends now, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t call this woman up just to see what the hell is going on here. It’s an adventure, I tell myself. What could be bad? You’ll call this woman up, see if she wants to have lunch and maybe explicate what she’s looking for in furthering her tenuous relationship with me.
Anyway, in typing this out (thanks, SDMB) I see that I need a little adventure in my life (this whole subway ride got started because yesterday I had nothing better to do on a beautiful Saturday than straighten up my office and pick up the laptop that I’d left there on Friday) so I’m definitely going to call. Any guesses how this will turn out, or what her deal is?