Friday, December 02, 2011

Quote of the Day


"Maybe I live in a different New York than this movie is set in, but are there really that many beautiful, nicely dressed, apparently sane women willing to risk their lives by going home with a random dude from the subway, even if he does look like Michael Fassbender?"

-- Dana Stevens, in a review for Shame at Slate

In a word: yes.

I've told this story many times, usually to single people thinking about moving to New York, but never here: CNN had sent a young male producer prospect up from Atlanta and Ali Velshi was showing him around the offices at the Time Warner Center one morning when apparently the subject of the single life in the big city came up between the two of them. I didn't catch the whole conversation, only a little bit of it as I happened to be walking by on my way to something else.

I saw Velshi lean in conspiratorially, saw the young guy give a little knowing laugh, then Velshi turned to me and shot off a quick, "Chez -- dating in New York City."

"Fish in a barrel," I responded with a smile as I breezed swiftly past them, not even breaking stride.

There are both wonderful and horrifying reasons that I know this.

16 comments:

medic8r said...

Fish in a barrel?

Nothing a little Flagyl won't clear up.

pea said...

I went home (and elsewhere) with all manner of tradesmen when I was a young punkette in NYC. I'd like to think it's because I had pretty good radar when it came to sensing danger, but really it's probably just because I was very, very lucky.

Chez said...

The stories I could tell.

It's like everyone signs a waiver stating that they agree to sex before there's even a first date.

Chez said...

By the way, pea -- when were you a young punkette in NYC? Just checking to see if I might have slept with you at some point.

pea said...

Baby, not a chance. I had decamped to slut my way around London by 1982.

pea said...

I would like to add, however, that I did once find myself in a compromising situation in Cleveland with a guy I'd been in the same compromising situation with in NYC. I remembered about 20 minutes into the makeout session, and I still to this day am not sure he ever knew.

Chez said...

It was the sexual equivalent of a James Patterson novel. You can start reading one and not realize you already read the thing years ago.

Well, pea, I dig women who are older than me and I'm an anglo-phile, so you're in luck. And by luck I mean that there's someone guaranteed to fall asleep on top of you and leave you thoroughly unsatisfied who's all in for a night of mild abandon.

Anonymous said...

"Ooohhhh, you want it bad baby? That just the way I give it"

Alanna said...

Oh the novel I could write living single in NYC. Alas, it's a story every other single girl in her 20's/30's could write as well. By the way, my VERY attractive friend just went on a date with a dude she met drunk on the subway. NYC dating is definitely shooting fish in a barrel.

Marsupialus said...

As someone who was a nightclub DJ in Los Angeles at the height the disco era with all the bounteous reward it seemed that position brought with it, I'm chagrined to discover that I'm a rank amateur compared to you guys.

NoxiousNan said...

So, how would a virgin fare in NYC? Would her rare charms make her all the more desirable, or would men give up in favor of surer bets?

During my slutty youth in NV, I had a virginal friend who could work it pretty good (but I know her longest running boyfriend was getting the occasional side dish).

Yonadav said...

You're a genius, Chez!

pea said...

Chez, it's early so I can blame my soggy head, but I thought the end of your last comment said "mild abortion." The mind boggles. I've never had anyone fall asleep on me before, although I did fall asleep under the lead singer of Haircut 100 once. But that's another story.

I haven't ready any James Patterson novels. Or have I?

NoxiousNan - I don't know about now, but I was the sluttiest virgin east of the Rockies for two years. I had zero complaints.

Mary Beth said...

Your comment is eerily perfect, Chez. I remember at one point thinking I should slow down - which meant waiting until the first date.

God I love this barrel of fish.

Chez said...

Someday, Betty. Someday.

Anonymous said...

You down wit O.P.P?