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Under My Umbrella

November 15, 2010

It was a rainy night in New York City and I headed out to one of my post-fast dates. I was rested and ready to go. Unable to get a taxi in the mini monsoon, I dashed into the subway. In my opinion, it’s the easiest way to get around this city.

I got off at my stop to find it still raining. Given the fact that it was raining when I left my house, I actually had an umbrella with me, which is rare.

As I am about to open my umbrella and step out from the awning next to the subway stop a man calls out to me,
“Hey, can I buy that off of you?”
I look up. He was unbelievably handsome. He had an accent and was definitely a model of some kind, or at least used to be. He looked to be in his mid to late thirties .
“I’m sorry. It’s my lucky umbrella.” I said and flashed a quick smile at him. I stepped out from beneath the awning and walked into the rain.
Halfway down the block I feel someone nudging me.
“Excuse me, I am just going to walk with you a bit under here.” The handsome stranger says. He is about 6 2″ if not taller and he was crouching to get down under my umbrella. I look over at him.
“Okay.” I laugh a bit and raise my arm as high as I can.
Is this real? Obviously this story would have gone quite differently if he wasn’t so cute. A double standard, I realize.
“I wanted to tell you your jeans look great on you. I import jeans from Australia. What brand are those?”
I smile coyly, “J Brand”, I say, unsure what to make of this.
“We are having a launch party for the new line at a new great place in the West Village. Would you like to come?”
“Oh…”
Who knew? In all that time, I could just find a date right under my umbrella!
“Let me give you my card. If you want to come, call me or e-mail me.” And with that he hands me a card. It has a tennis racket on it, “Oh, I’m also a tennis pro.” He says.
Of course he is. Tennis players are always hot.
“I have to leave you here now. Sorry.” I said to the handsome stranger. We were about to cross the street and running into my date with another guy under my umbrella would be hard to explain.
“No problem. Call me! Don’t forget.”
I smiled. I didn’t think I would be calling him. The story had all the makings of a romantic one, but something about him just wasn’t for me. A little too good-looking and a little too smooth I suspected. Any guy with an Australian accent with model good looks and in the jeans business was also most likely in the jeans coming off quickly business. At least that’s how I saw it.

I headed to the next block to meet my date, Leo. As soon as I saw him, I was psyched. He was so cute and much more my type, not that I have one, as I am not clear on what my type is, but he was closer to what I imagined it to be. We quickly bonded over our obsessive love of The Office.
“What’s your favorite episode?” He asked.
“I’d say the sexual harassment episode.”
“Mine too!”
We were talking about it in grueling detail and became fast friends.
The evening was going great and we basically closed out the restaurant.
“I have to use the bathroom quickly, but I have a surprise for you,” He said, as he reached into his pocket.
“Please don’t propose. It’s only our first date.”
We laughed.
Out of one jacket pocket he pulled out his IPhone, and headphones from the other. With a few swipes of his finger he had it set to my surprise and handed it to me.
“It’s the sexual harassment episode of The Office. You can watch it while I’m gone.”
“Really? Cool! I can’t believe you have that on here!” This is too good to be true.
I put the ear phones in my ear and sat and watched. When he came out of the bathroom I handed him one of the head phone buds and we watched the rest of the scene together as they were basically cleaning the restaurant at this point.
It was fun, and he was normal, and it’s very own way…it was romantic. And he invited me to come to an event with his friends three days later. I accepted.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy permalink
    November 15, 2010 5:43 pm

    Darcy, your the “Carrie”of Generation X. So many woman can relate to your stories. Your Single, sexy, successful and raising a child. I smell book or TV series. Candance Bushnell watch out!

    • November 16, 2010 1:04 pm

      Wow! Thank you so so much! That’s the greatest gift today! Thanks for reading and I love the feedback. Stay tuned!!

    • Debbie Helman permalink
      November 17, 2010 12:04 am

      I agree!

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