Tuesday, January 20, 2009

With a Shake of the Head

So, Random (African-American) Stranger walked up to me in the library:

RAAS: May I tell you something?

Me: Hmmm?

RAAS: You are so beautiful.

Me: [blank stare/dazed smile]

RAAS: Are you part black?

Me: [blanker stare/more dazed smile/shake of the head] I don't know.

RAAS: Do you know why I ask that?

Me: No.

RAAS: [Makes complimentary but innappropriate comment about certain "attributes" that I have that my "white sisters," er, lack] . . . If you have Jenny Craig's telephone number lying around you need to tear it up and throw it in the trash!!"

Then Random African-American Stranger disappears as quickly as he came [note: this guy had to have been in his thirties or forties, at least].

I'm not making this up.

I don't know whether to feel complimented or horrified . . .


  1. Yeah....that sounds even weirder than some of my encounters.

    No, you are not the only one that wonders that.

  2. That's pretty bizarre. J. boggles too. "'Scarring' is the word you're looking for," he says.

  3. Definitely horrific. -shudders- creepy.