I spent the day in DC for a job interview (more on that later) and through out the day I noticed that men there seem to make more eye contact and sustain it long enough to smile at me AND wait for me to smile back at them, than they do in NYC. There men said goodbye to me as I got up from my subway (or should I say metro) seat to leave the train and talked to me offering unsolicited help with directions. It seems men there are politer or at least more open to positive social interaction.
The kicker though came at the end of the day when I was completely exhausted and my feet were in pain from walking in heels all day. As I sat at the airport’s food court to grab a bite to eat for dinner before boarding, I saw a man looking back from his seat at me and smiling. I smiled back politely and thought nothing more of it, but as I got up and walked by him toward my gate (#33 by the way, both in and out of DC), this went down:
“You are gorgeous!”
“I just wanted to say that”
“Have a pleasant night”
“Thank you, you too”
Apparently, all could muster out at this point of my long day was thanks… thank God I was a bit more articulate during the interviews. Anyhow, my point is, I’m either a hit in this city and have been obviously living in the wrong one for the past 4 years, or it’s the dress and the heels, which I could not possible wear in NYC with all the walking. So there, one day in DC and it seems quite apparent to me that if I want to do something about my single status, meaning, change it at all, I need to move.
Of course, you could say it was a fluke. After all I went to bathroom later on and checked myself out in the mirror (my flight was delayed over an hour) and yes, I looked as tired as I felt. Nonetheless, I chose to believe that nice man, because who doesn’t want to be gorgeous even if it is just for a random stranger at Reagan airport?