When I leave the office and fight for my 7 inches of space on BART I tend to be too tired to do much more than stand there. While bracing myself from the jolts and bumps thrown my way, I sometimes eavesdrop. It’s not completely intentional. My ears just seem perk up when people inches away start dishing on juicy topics.
Last week, a couple of twenty-something girls started talking about their love lives for the entire duration of my 30 minute trip.
Girl #1- ” I am going on another date with Steve tonight.”
Girl #2- ” You are? I talked to him last week and he said he didn’t think that you two had a spark.”
Girl #1- Awkwardly pauses and looks down at her shoes.” Oh, hmm. You mean he isn’t really into me? I thought that he was just shy.”
10 minutes later…
Girl #2- ” I am very attracted to wealthy men. But that’s not the only quality that I look for. That would make me a gold-digger. I would like to be with one, but I have not had a chance to date a really wealthy guy yet.”
Girl #1- ” Yeah, I can see that.”
Girl #2- ” I just don’t understand why inteligent, successful men end up marrying women who are beautiful, 20 years younger and lack any type of brain-power.”
I gasped for air trying not to laugh outloud. I looked over at Girl #2 in disbelief and got a good look at her. She was about 25, hair in a bun and wearing a sesame street colored backpack. Her self-confidence and her knack for belittling her ‘friend’ were quite the combination. I hope I see her in 5 more years and find out how the search for a rich guy has gone. Maybe he will lavish her with a brand new multi-colored backpack for her trips on public transportation.
It always amazes me when people speak about very personal topics in a public setting. Perhaps they just don’t realize that their conversations might be documted for all to see on the world wide web 🙂