Monday, June 13, 2005

Physically Lost in Translation

Uncrossing my legs, I leaned towards the desk in front of me in a well-cooled car dealership. Raising my eyebrow, I simply said "You can't possibly be serious, $32,000? I know of a repo S-type going for $14,000 with similar mileage. You only have 2 years left on this warranty and that's not worth $18,000. I don't care if it is a Jag. Let's save the gas for the cars." Afterwards, the car salesman changed his whole approach. Maybe it's the big earrings, the lipgloss, the presumed youth, but clearly he thought I was the person to be taken for a ride. The s-type Jaguar is a suped up Lincoln LS...Ford Five Hundred. I read Consumer Reports. But the salesman liked me, I just knew by the way he moved, by the way he looked at me. I can't explain it, he was totally professional. He didn't so much as wink at me. It was the way his mouth moved. So I wasn't surprised when he asked me out to dinner, I mean he was cute and I was hungry. Maybe my stomach sounding as if it were trying to put a bid down on a car was a hint enough to ask. I think he drove the company Jag but I didn't want to imply anything by asking. During dinner I get the "I have a boat, a house across the lake, I can take care of you"...blah, blah, blah. Older men always feel as though they can entice a young woman with money and financial security...I was listening. However, he sort of vaguely danced around the fact that he was "not quite divorced" and that his wife sort of still lives with him sometimes. Ha Ha Ha! And all the while I thought I had been wearing Mac make-up. I didn't know I was putting "Damned Fool" on my face every morning.

I have been thinking that I send the wrong message for a long time, not just in dating but in school/work settings as well. And I am not quite sure what it is. A guy told me that upon first sight he thought I was shallow. What? Another said that he wouldn't have guessed I was "as intelligent" as I am. Not that I am dumb but that I was as smart. And it's true, going to class in heels and capri's is not fashion indicative of a grad student doing clinical research (which I hate by the way). Is my body language French when everyone else speaks English?Perhaps it's my walk, my love of South Park, 60 minutes and CNN. Maybe because I pick appetizers as meals when out to dinner, even when I am not paying. Or even my likelyhood to flip between The Surreal Life, Real Time with Bill Maher, and the Lifetime movie of the night. I give the wrong impression. I have many different sides of me I can't really tell what I am projecting, what it means or how it defines me. I just I feel that my whole being is misinterpreted sometimes. So to make it easier I guess people made these fun Speak-Say T's. Do you ever wonder if your t-shirt is saying more than you think?

This says that I am a dime, the whole ten pennies. (Although the truckdriver yelled "12!" the other day) This says that I'm a little conceited, but that's always needed...

I just like the shirt. I like green, I like Oscar. But I don't think people take someone with a Sesame Street character on their shirt seriously. Here I am thinking I am showing a bit of personality...

He He He... I actually am cautious of where I wear this! I mean I wouldn't want people to think that this is part of my personal ideals. I have to keep some secrets...

This is actually my favorite "I wish you would say sumthin' 'bout my shirt" shirt. I am usually all dressed up but when I want to wear a t-shirt (which I may still wear with high-heels) this is my fave! I was wearing this when I finally met a guy I had been chatting on the phone with. He said I looked much younger in person. Clearly, it's a Muppet t-shirt!!! I must have looked 12.

I am certainly cognizant of what I represent. But there is only so much that I can control, the rest is left to interpretation. And people change their minds all the time, so I will not be bothered. A man desperate for a conversation piece looked at my shirt and said "so you like hiking?" Not to perpetuate stereotypes but... a black girl in her 20's, in the south where the altitude is below sea-level... hiking? He obviously got the wrong message.
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  1. You're too much and I love every minute of it.

    Defy the stereotypes. Hell, they're meant to be broken. Strut in those heels and let these folks know A CHICK CAN WALK CIRCLES AROUND YOU INTELLECTUALLY AND STIMULATE YOUR EYE CANDY IMPULSES.

  2. this was adorably funny! I say defy the labels too...keep em dare they try to peg you into some narrow category!

    I ALWAYS enjoy your posts!

  3. Brokkenhearted2:10 AM

    WOW. Glad you like my muppets shirt so much! :) Did you at least get a good car out of the skeazy dealer?

  4. Nice uhhmmm... shirts :)

    You watch alot of the same things I watch. Except The Surreal Life. Reality TV is starting to get to me now.

  5. I know ya gotta have a "If its not a scandal its not worth doin" shirt somewhere.

    I have a bunch of those tees too (My fave being "Got Money?"), and no doubt, they dont send ANY message about who we are. One of my best guy friends once told me straight up- "Rican, you look like you want to fuck." I wanted to post about it, but you beat me to it! There is alot to be said about cool women like us! We aren't all stupid and senseless!!!


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