(minor) stalking pays!

metro station wallI was running a little later than usual this morning getting out of the house for work (thanks to last night’s indulgences) and one thing that I rarely mind about being late is that the crowd on the train is usually very different and offers new opportunities for people watching and eye candy.

This morning there was this guy and he’s looking all cute, wearing blue, glasses, mp3 player. So I found myself looking, and he looked back. I read my Express and looked again, smiled a bit, and the look and smile were returned. This is where my mind starts getting all surly because there’s no etiquette for metro train meeting/cruising. We continued for a few more stops, clearly there was surface interest but he got off at a station before mine and even off the train he looked once or twice more but then the doors closed and we were both on our way.

I took the gamble and wrote up a missed connections ad on craigslist (I won’t link to it, if you can find it, more power to ya). After he left, I jotted down some details on the back of my Express so I’d remember it later and I think the ad was specific enough that he’d know it was for him. I always wonder how many of those ads are written and they aren’t quite detailed enough for people to know it’s really about them. I posted it shortly after I got to the office, added a photo of myself and figured Fate would handle the rest. It was a tedious day at the office today, fixing broken links on the sites, I didn’t hear any response to my ad, so I figured maybe he’s not a craigslist reader (I know that I rarely am) or maybe it was just metro flirting and it ends there, or any number of reasons for it to be a dead end…

So this evening, he e-mailed me back, fortune favors the bold.

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7 Responses

  1. Danno says:

    Awwwwwwwww……. thats a story to warm ya cockles if ever I heard one!! Do I get a chance to vet him for you first?

  2. Brian says:

    Danno: I’m not sure how well that would work seeing as how if you’d come over here to do that, you may as well turn him down for me and take his place! And what was that about your cockles?

  3. Kris says:

    Wow, I had never heard of MCs ever working…well, correctly anyway. I know women who get tons of guys pretending to be the MC. Good for you.

  4. Brian says:

    Kris: It was definitely in the details in my case. Then again I’ve left other MC ads with as much detail and no response. Though this was the first time I added a photo to be certain. That probably breaks some kind of MC rule.

  5. Lindsay says:

    Fortune favors the bold indeed! Good for you! And quite the gentleman to leave the e-mail until the evening so you can read it in peace.

  6. Brian says:

    Since it will expire from CL soon enough, I’m going to post the ad I left as a reponse here:

    Green Line to Gallery Place – m4m – 33
    Date: 2006-09-08, 8:45AM EDT

    When: 7:50 this morning
    Where: Green Line train, I got on at Columbia Heights, you got off at Gallery Place
    You: White, Glasses, Dark blue shirt with white stripes, Black slacks, Orange mp3 player with smoky grey cover. Nice eyes, cute smile.
    Me: African-American, Blue & white diag. striped shirt, black slacks, reading the Express and listening to my tunes.

    I got up from my seat for no (apparent) reason to stand by the door and a little closer to where you were sitting. We played eye contact tag a few times and exchanged slight smiles. You exited at Gallery Place and looked back a few more times before we both continued with our morning commutes. I’m completly ignorant of Metro cruising etiquette, but I sure would have liked to go for a coffee and chat.

    Here’s hoping your morning is as slow as mine that you get a chance to browse craigslist.

  7. Raine says:

    wow, I am not brave enough to do something like that. that was bold indeed and worked out perfectly for you! proud of you m’boy!!

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