i was sitting at an outdoor café by the seine. high noon. drowning myself in sun, words, and café au lait. people-watching. a man walked by. looked at me. doubled back.
guy: vous êtes très jolie.
me: okay.... merci.
guy: you are english?
me: no. american.
[uninvited, he sits in the chair next to me.]
guy: i lived in new york.
me: oh really?
guy: yes, when i was 19. i lived on the upper west side... you know, right by the museum of natural history... wow, you are really beautiful.
me: you've said.
guy: this is the first time i've been attracted to a black american girl.
me: and you lived in new york?
guy: yes, but i was wasting my time there...
guy: ...dating a jewish girl. a 'jap'. it was a phase.
guy: you're amazing. i'd really like to sleep with you.
me: yeah. uh-uh.
guy: i'm very direct.
me: i appreciate that. but that's not going to happen.
guy: open your mind.
me: i can open my mind without opening my legs.
[he laughs. somehow, i steer him to the safer ground of the european union. he tells me that england, thatcher in particular, sabotaged the eu by insisting that the borders expand to include eastern countries. tool though he may have been, i am fascinated by this argument. i question him about this. i'm interrupted just as i'm about to bring the balkans into the conversation.]
guy: you're excited.
me: i'm not sure excited is the word i'd use.
guy: you're curious.
me: you're curious.
guy: you're entertained by me.
[i'm already thinking about how i'll blog this.]
guy: this exchange is kinky.
me: this is escalating at an alarming rate. we were only at excited just a minute ago.
guy: we'd be great in bed together, i think.
so, while i will not be sexing it up with any strange men in france, i will be out and about. tomorrow i'll connect with an old high school friend who happens to be running the menswear fashion trade show of the summer. sunday, is the solidays music festival: 3 days, 80 concerts against the AIDS epidemic. monday, i'll board a train to the south of france, james baldwin style... and the journey continues!!