On the subject of taste in men, and in response to my statement that I only date brilliant men, my friend Perci told me — with appropos drama and flourish — “BUT JAE, you can’t fuck brilliance.”
First, I disagree. You CAN fuck brilliance. In lots of ways. (Of course, getting into long-term relationships with them is another thesis statement altogether.)
But second, even assuming that you can’t, the lack of it can be… quite distracting. In short, nakaka-haggard ang shunga.
Let me illustrate via three examples. These are all casual dates.
Boy 1. Restaurant. First Date.
Boy: So, do you drink?
Girl: Hmmm, I’m a social drinker I would say.
Boy: (pointing to a casino across the street) Hey, do you gamble?
Girl: Social gambler din. Just for fun. With friends.
Boy: Aah. Social drinker. Social gambler. What don’t you do socially?
Boy: (serious, thoughful nod). Sabagay, minsan mas ok mag-hiking mag-isa.
Boy 2. Dating and going out casually for a few weeks.
Girl: (opening a Dove chocolate and then reading the message in the chocolate wrapper. Napatawa ng malakas sa nabasa.) Hehe, ang witty nitong wrapper na ito. Clever. Panalo.
Boy: Ows talaga? Ano?
Girl: (binabasa ng malakas ang nakalagay sa wrapper) “WHEN TWO HEARTS RACE, BOTH WIN.” Astig, di ba?
Boy: Pero, ako talaga, naniniwala ako… (hinga ng malalim, profound insight coming up)… love is not a race.
Girl: (namilipit nalang).
Boy 3. Starbucks. First or second date.
Boy: So, what’s your favorite book of all time?
Girl: Hmmm, madami. Sobrang dami. Pero I remember, yung unang book na iniyakan ko ng todo, The Good Earth. Grade 5 ako nun. Right now, I like Ben Okri.
Boy: Oh, really. That’s quite interesting. So what was the book that changed your life?
Girl: Well, wala naman, actually. Pero siguro kung may baril na nakatutok sa ulo ko ang isang bookish na mamamatay-tao at mapipilitan ako magsabi ng the book that changed my life, ang sasagutin ko nalang “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Para di na masyado mahirap ang paliwanagan. Ikaw ba?
Boy: Well, that’s a tough one. But if there’s one book that was truly life-altering for me, truly profound, it would be…… (long, long pause)
Girl: Ano? (leaning forward)
Boy: Da Vinci Code.
* this post is not meant to be mean. this is dedicated to my girlfriend B. 🙂 never cry over spilt milk.