Exciting news! (For me, at least.)
In a few short hours, I’m leaving on a jet plane. Time to get out of Los Angeles for a while. My first stop is Colorado, for a long weekend with family, and from there I’m flying to Michigan, where I’m spending about 2 weeks catching up with more family and friends.
Even though I’m on vacation, my blog won’t be. I’ll keep you posted on where I am, what I’m doing, what I’m eating, and how I’m exercising. Don’t you worry, you’ll be kept in the loop!
Now for the story that the title alludes to:
Last night, I headed to Slimmons for my last class with Richard Simmons for a few weeks. He was dressed in a Beatles-themed tank top and played dance remixes of Beatles songs (yep, they’re as strange as you think they are). It was definitely a fun class, and it was hot, so there was lots of sweat and it came quickly.
The highlight of the evening actually happened before class, when I was stretching a little and staking out my spot in the classroom (a necessity, because classes can get crowded). Nearby, a posse of women, all of them Slimmons regulars and lovely, friendly gals, were chatting amongst themselves, when, all at once, they all turned and said my name.
Seconds later, the posse had surrounded me. They moved quickly. It was almost disorienting.
Posse: “Hey David, we were all just talking about you right now, and we decided we might as well let you know.”
Me: “Oh yeah?”
Posse: “We were all talking about how handsome you are. You’re so handsome!”
Me (fumbling and stumbling a little bit): “Thank you, that’s really very kind.”
Posse: “Look at him, he’s blushing!”
Me: “I appreciate it, I really do! Thank you – that made my day.” (Which is true.)
Posse: “It made your day that a group of old and middle-aged women think you’re handsome?”
Me: “Yes. And I didn’t use those words – you did!”
I’m handsome. I’m handsome. It’s not, historically speaking, a word that I’ve ever used to describe myself, nor is it a word that I’m used to hearing about myself. To be honest, up until recently, when someone did call me handsome, my mind immediately had a response ready: They’re just saying that. They’re just being nice. They’re just being polite. It’s not true.
Last night, though, my mind didn’t race to squash their compliment. I heard it, received it, thanked them, looked in the mirror, and silently agreed.
Keep it up, David!