Him: So this is Brooklyn.
Me: That’s right. Oldest borough. You look cute.
Him: Thanks. Oldest borough? You mean Manhattan, right?
Me: I’m pretty sure Brooklyn is older than Manhattan.
Him: That doesn’t make any sense.
Me: Um… (short pause) You have really nice hair.
Him: I ought to. I spent like 120 dollars at Kiehl’s the other day. I hate when I do that. That store is so easy to go crazy in there. I went in there for eye cream and 120 dollars later, right?
Me: Right. I feel that way about my deli. I go in there for Kim chi, and I wind up buying Kim chi and watermelon like a Rockefeller.
Him: What do you use for eye cream? Who’s a Rockefeller?
Me: They’re like Donald Trump. Pretend I said Donald Trump.
Him: What about the eye cream?
Me: I use hand lotion. Cetaphil, to be exact. They make a face lotion but I just use the hand and body lotion on my face too. Why not?
Him: Ew. Doesn’t that clog your pores and dry out your skin?
Him: I don’t believe you.
Me: You shouldn’t. I lie to people just for the sheer pleasure of it. I like to see the moment of shocked betrayal when they find out I’ve been playing them for a fool.
Him: Oh my god, do you?
Me: No. That was a joke.
Him: I don’t get it.
Me: It wasn’t a good joke, is why.
Him: Why did you tell it?
Me: I had to try it out, to see.
Him: Is that what your life is like? Failure?
Me: Um. What?
Him: I don’t mean it like that. Wow. That sounded bad – don’t blog about that.
Me: I will, don’t worry. That color looks good on you. Really brings out your eyes.
Him: This is a one-of-a-kind garment. The designer only made three of these.
Me: So, it’s more like a one-of-three-kinds garment.
Him: Um. What?
Me: You said the designer made three of them, so by logic, it can’t be one-of-a-kind.
Him: Um. It’s unique.
Me: I’m sure you’re right. The other two were probably lost in a house fire, or the Holocaust, or got sucked into a temporal worm hole.
Him: This shirt was 400 dollars, on sale.
Me: Jesus. That’s how much my guitar cost!
Me: No, my guitar was a hundred bucks. BUT. That’s how much four of my guitars cost. But you’d never be able to buy more than one of my guitar because it’s one-of-a-kind.
Him: Is it?
Me: Yes. The manufacturer only made thousands.
Him: Oh. I get it. You’re being a dick.
Me: I’m being a dick. You move really gracefully.
Him: Really? Thanks.
Me: You’re welcome.
Him: All these hipster types around here. Ugh. Makes me nervous.
Me: Does it? Why, I wonder? It’s just a sub-culture, like hip hop, or redneck, or ivy league. It’s just a small subset of a larger culture.
Him: First of all – why do they want to stick out? I just want to blend in and be accepted. Second of all, if you look at them, they all have the same style which doesn’t make them unique at all. There’s a conformity to the non-conformity. It all looks the same to me. I don’t get it.
(These cuddle bugs were all over each other on the C train.)
Me: Well… I don’t get hip hop culture. But it’s a counterculture to the mainstream, right? To me, it’s not appealing – the narrative that seems to arise from hip hop culture. I think it relies heavily on misogyny. But on the other hand, it doesn’t bother me that other people participate in it. I just don’t get it.
Him: Shhh. Don’t say that.
Him: You shouldn’t say that you don’t ‘get’ hip hop culture in public.
Him: That’s racist!
Me: Are you being ironic?
Him: What’s irony?
Me: Me saying that I don’t keep up with hip hop, or respond to the narrative isn’t racist, darling. It’s the same as someone saying that they don’t like bluegrass music or the culture surrounding it. I will admit to being ignorant about hip hop, though. I don’t follow a lot of it.
Him: See. You shouldn’t be ignorant.
Me: That’s a reductive statement. Everyone is ignorant about a whole shit ton of stuff. Most people are ignorant of the nuances of expert level Scrabble play, for instance. But, you don’t see Scrabble players getting offended by that ignorance.
Him: What? Scrabble? Do you like my shoes?
Him: They’re vintage Kenneth Cole. They cost a lot of money.
Me: Mine too.
Him: Who are your shoes?
Me: Who? Oh. You mean who designed them?
Me: They are from K-Mart. I got them for free. They were a costume in a play.
Him: Ew. You’re an actor?
Me: Yes. I mention on the blog that I act and do comedy.
Him: I only watch the videos. I don’t like reading. I like the pictures. This might not work. I don’t know about dating an actor.
Me: Tell me about it. I dated one. What do you do?
Him: I work in the accounting section of a popular women’s fashion magazine.
Me: Which one?
Him: I prefer not to say.
Me: Is it a fashion magazine for lady CIA agents?
Him: No. I just prefer not to say.
Him: I know it’s okay. It’s my prerogative whether I tell you exactly where I work or not.
Me: Know what? It’s getting late. I have to be up early. Let me walk you to the train.
Him: No. I’ll take a car.
Me: What? It’s six blocks.
Him: I’ll take a car.
Me: I’ll call you one. Jerk.
Him: What did you say?
Me: I said you’re one-of-a-kind.