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Long Ago, On an Island They Call Manhattan…

Long ago, on an Island they call ‘Manhattan’ I had a date. This date was with a guy…we’ll call him Ted.

Ted and I got along pretty well. He was cute, funny, nice, easy-going. All qualities that I enjoy in company. I was pretty excited to see him again in the future. Until…

Ted: I don’t want to embarrass you…but you missed a belt loop?

Me: I what?

Ted: A belt loop. On your pants…you missed it in the back.

Me: People actually get embarrassed by that?

At this point, I started running through my head. Should I be embarrassed by that? It seems a weird thing to get embarrassed about…and now that he pointed it out that I SHOULD be embarrassed, now I’m embarrassed that I’m not embarrassed.

We stared at each other blinking.

Me: Well…do they?

Ted: It probably means you’ve been walking around like that all day.

Me: Right. And that’s….embarrassing?

Ted nodded.

Me: Hm. Ok, if you say so.

That made me wonder…did Ted ever miss a loop in his belt buckle? Did he have some horrifying experience where everyone in middle school pointed and laughed the day he walked into the cafeteria with a chunk of his black leather belt bunched over the loop in his jeans?

It’s just such a stupid thing to get embarrassed about.

Ted: So…you’re not going to fix it?

::blink:: ::blink, blink:: Ok, yeah. This guy definitely has a traumatic belt loop story somewhere in his past.

Me: Sure.

At this point, I took off my belt and strung it through the one loop I had missed, but left it out of all the others. Then buckled it at my zipper.

Me: There. Happy?

I smiled at him.

Ted: Um, not really. You missed them all.

Me: Nope. Not this one.

I turned around showing him my backside.

Ted: But that looks intentional. And weird.

I knew then that he was not the man for me.

2 Responses to “Long Ago, On an Island They Call Manhattan…”

  1. WordVixen Says:

    *lol* Um, no.

    And, missing a belt loop is something to be embarrassed about? I can’t believe you didn’t dig for that story!

  2. Jeannie Says:

    Thank goodness you didn’t eat spinach for lunch that day and then have some stuck in your teeth. He would have been apoplectic.

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