Monday, December 13, 2004

Real Men, Part One

Overheard in front of the elevator

I had an errand that day on the second floor of the Health-Sciences Building. There were two slim, very attractive, but very loud and callow young women in uniform standing nearby while I waited for the elevator and I couldn't help overhearing them talk to one another. One was a little older than the other and, judging by her superior attitude, a little more experienced than the other in something or other. Neither was very far out of their teens.

The novice had been speaking at length in a precocious tone, but he hadn't been able to hear much more of it than the tone of voice. At the end of her talk a handsome, well-built young orderly walked by and she turned her head and made a sort of smacking sound with her mouth. I tried to read her lips; and it looked like, "Oou! Ah!" Then she spoke aloud.

"Gawd, Karen! Now that's a real man! I sure could use one of them!"

"Yeah, who couldn't?" the slightly older, more sophisticated one said. "If I could just find one first."

The novice looked at her and saw that Karen was grinning; presumably she was speaking ironically, for her eyes too were following the young man’s shapely bottom with interest.

"Yeah!" the younger one answered, and they both giggled. The elevator door opened and I got on.

Another episode of “Overheard” with these same two angels can be read if you come back tomorrow.
"Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them."— H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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