One of my trusty local partners in crime, Black Mamba, and I (and other friends) go out here in DC, just hanging out, etc. We do a lot of people watching. There’s so much to see! DC has a cast of some real characters.
On Saturday night, it was just Mamba and me. We went to a popular local neighborhood establishment. We were seated on the balcony, with full view of everyone coming in. Nice! As we sat taking it all in, Mamba and I were approached by a very nice and handsome “young” (definitely under 26) “local” (a DC native – although we don’t come across them often, we can usually spot these guys based on what they look like and how they speak). He was a sweetheart. Mamba nicknamed him Beautiful Jesus because something about him did look Jesus-like (adult, not baby Jesus). I think it was the hair. He chatted with us for a few minutes in which time I found out that he had 2 children, and 2 babymommas. Hmmm…
After he left with his entourage, Mamba and I sat there just replaying that discussion. And then she hit me with it. “There was a game show that used to come on, that’s on Game Show network now, that I hate… Those contestants’d be trying to win big money! big money! but sometimes get hit with a WHAMMY! Remember that show?”
I remembered the WHAMMY sound or concept or something, but didn’t exactly recall the show.
She said, “Beautiful Jesus – he was so cute. But…2 children?? WHAMMY!”
Two babymommas?! WHAMMY!!
It was over. We couldn’t help ourselves!
Guys who look cute from afar, but not so much close-up? (the classic fake-out) WHAMMY!
Good looking person but a total bonehead/doesn’t vote/otherwise unsuitable? WHAMMY!
Married? WHAMMY!! (*And separated = married, from this single person’s perspective. Just FYI.)
Needless to say, I’m sure that guys have their own list of WHAMMY! items with respect to the women of the world. I’d be interested in hearing what these things are. I wonder if men and women share common ground on at least some of these items. Everyone has their own deal-breakers or WHAMMY!s, so one person’s WHAMMY! doesn’t always mean that the person is completely undateable to someone else. I understand that, hence my view on other people’s relationships: hey, somebody’s gotta date him! (just not me). Whatever works.
I’ve found that the best way to not end up with a WHAMMY! on your hands is to start with really getting to know yourself. Understand what you offer to another person and try to gain some insight into what you need from someone else. Figure out what you can or cannot, do or do not want to deal with in another person. If you figure all of that out, you’ll be head and shoulders above many other people out here in the dating world.
New spin on an old adage: one person’s WHAMMY! might be another person’s treasure. 🙂
* And do you know that after I took my dad’s advice to heart, improved my attitude, walked into work yesterday with all the swag and positivity and happy feelings, that yesterday was my day off… Good grief!
Content and ideas copyright Samee on Everything (2009).