I’m listening

Author: Single. Approachable. Girl.
June 18, 2010

listening kid


My great aunt loves astrology. When I was a baby she read my star chart and is always ready to explain how being a Gemini affects every aspect of my life.


In one of our conversations, she told me that, as a Gemini, I have an openness that makes people comfortable and willing to share personal information with me. Over the years, this quality has provided endless entertainment, on airplanes in particular – like the time a women told me why she became a born-again virgin before take-off.


Luckily for me, I love listening to random strangers.


On Wednesday morning I got an earful when I was visiting a client location and was pulled aside by one of the sales guys.


I had never met him before, but he said he had questions for me about my company. As it turns out, he didn’t really have any questions. Instead, over the course of 5 minutes, I learned the following:


He might be interested in working at my company even though he is not familiar with what we do and has no experience in our industry

 

He is an actor


He took a year off work recently to star in his friend’s independent feature film

 

He writes screenplays

 

He used to coach high school basketball and one of his kids – he stipulated that he wasn’t referring to a child, but one of his students. He just refers to his students as kids. He doesn’t have any kids – got in an accident resulting in the amputation of both legs below his knees. He now has prosthetic legs and is doing great.

 

He isn’t sure why he pulled me aside just then. He just thought I had “a nice way about me” and wanted to chat. (must be my overpowering Gemini quality)

 

He is a writer and when he finds that what he writes in his journal ends up coming true years later. Including major world events.

 

To that last comment I finally spoke up (that’s right, I hadn’t said anything yet) and said, “You should write something really hopeful about the oil spill in the Gulf.”


He replied with, “Funny you should say that because just last night I wrote a poem about the Gulf. Here…I think I remember it…”


He then recited the poem.


I stood there awkwardly.


He handed me his card and asked for mine.


I gave him my work email address.


2 Responses to “I’m listening”

  1. A Says:

    Hahaha S.A.G. This story is so cute, makes me want to read it over n over again.

    It looks to me , like the guy is definitely interested in dating you.

  2. bigwally Says:

    so does giving away your work email address rather than a personal one mean that you are not interested in a potential suitor? just trying to figure out how the whole dating thing in LA works, five years later. personally, i often give out a business card, but that’s because it’s much easier than trying to recite my phone number in a loud bar. maybe it would be easier to carry a pen and a napkin and transfer my personal info onto that. or maybe better still, i should just create a personal card with my information that looks like a napkin. it may save me time and face and be a whole helluva lot cooler.

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