As I caught the W train at Union Square, all I could think about was the $5 foot-long BLT that I was going to reward myself with once I got off at my stop in Astoria.While my mouth watered, I took out my book, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, and made myself comfortable with my feet up in that "two-seater" seat on the subway. You know which one I'm talking about right? The one you are supposed to give to handicapped, preggers or old people. Well the train was not full at all so I had that MTA loveseat all to myself.
|Clearly, they know exactly what I'm talking about|
"Just so you know, that book you were just reading? It's bullshit."
Broken out of my reverie I stared back at the
Dave W Train Debate Jane Austen (as saved into my phone): Jane Austen? She creates these men that don't exist.
Me: I know that some men are douchebags but some are gentlemen.
DWTDJA: You're wrong there.
Me: What, you're all gentlemen? (skeptical eyebrow raise/pursed lips)
DWTDJA: No. We're all douchebags.
Me: (drunk giggle) Oh, well. I mean, isn't that what books are for though? To create these worlds that allow you to be whimsically naive?
(Inner thought - Are you drunk too? I mean, only a drunk guy would say this type of shit right?)
DWTDJA: I don't know. I guess. I don't really read books like those, I'm more into Kurt Vonnegut (oh God)...
Me: I like Kurt Vonnegut.
DWTDJA: But these books make girls expect some guy to come and save them. Like when it's raining some guy is going to come and put his expensive coat over a puddle for you to swoon and walk over. Why can't you just walk around?
Me: (nervous drunk laughter) I know guys don't really do that. But it's nice to be whimsy sometimes (yes, second time I used the word "whim" in different a way).
DWTDJA: (Looks around) I guess...Oh man. Look what you made me do now (joking?). I think I've missed my stop.
Me: Where were you supposed to get off?
DWTDJA: Queensboro. I have to take the 7.
Me: Oh...that's the next stop. See I didn't do nothing.
DWTDJA: (As we approach Queensboro Plaza) Well, I should probably give you my number, you know, just in case you ever want to discuss literature more.
Me: (Oh God) Okay (internal shrug)
If only this guy had been cute -- I would totally call him back. Wouldn't that be an adorable meet-cute?
Oh, Jane. Who would have thought coming home on a Wednesday night on the W train would involve some peaked interest in your literature and my reading selection?