Sunday, May 20, 2007

Cool Town, Evening in the City

Dubuque Street in Iowa City.

Obviously, I don't get out much. Saturday night I met some girls at The Mill and from there we walked to The Picador to see some friends play rawk!. I can't honestly remember the last time I was downtown on a weekend night. I felt like the country mouse visiting her city cousins. My hillbilly, bumpkin tendencies must have been apparent to everyone else too.

As we were walking through the Ped Mall, two guys passed us and said, "Hey, you dropped something." I came this close to falling for it and bending over to look for whatever I might have dropped, before my friends started laughing at me. It was a total "lick me on the face and call me sucker" moment. The guys even apologized through their laughter, I was so pitiable.

Things were better at The Picador, because I knew most of the people there and they were already aware of what a dweeb I am. I'm such an easy target, it's not even fun anymore. All I had to do was keep an eye on the girl who was so messed up that she was jumping around and falling into anyone who was dumb enough to get too close to her. If she would have stood still for two seconds, I might have asked her where she got whatever she was on, because she seemed to be having a lot of fun.

On the walk home, a guy passing me held out a CD. "Hey, you wanna CD?"

"Wha?" I asked.

"Yo. I'm trying to give a free CD, yo. You want it?"

"Oh, sure. I'll take it. Thanks."

"I was just about ready to take it from him, if you didn't, " my friend K. said. So, I'm a little slow on the draw. So what?

If I ever go out again, I'll try to be more aware. I don't want to be quite such a sucker or pass up any more free music.

16 comments:

Remiman said...

Churlita,
God, I'd of loved to seen the look on your face.....""lick me on the face and call me sucker""
I'll bet it was real cute. ;-)
rel

Margaret said...

girl, i always fall for it

fringes said...

So was the CD any good?

A said...

The stopping to pick up something automatic response --is from being a mother - think back to the days of pacifiers and baby shoes - just walking anywhere with an infant someone yells - "hey you dropped something" about every two seconds and they mean it - you just hope its not the actual baby. I think that feeling never goes away. I would have looked.

booda baby said...

Okay, so maybe you're a sucker, or maybe the jokes are just too stupid for you. I'm going with the second.

dmarks said...

I've never seen anyone pass out CD's like that.

I've now converting all my music to Mp3 and ditching the CD's. Pretty soon "Want a CD?" will be as welcome as "Want a cassette" or even worse "Want an 8-track?"

Dagromm said...

Rawk!??? I'm not sure i understand.
By the way, I've used the line "lick me on the face and call me sucker" a number of times and I have gotten slapped a number of times because of it.

Poptart said...

Yeah, I'm with fringes, what was on the CD? People do that a lot around here - hand out demo CDs.

I stopped taking them after a bad comedy group gave me theirs that turned out to be 4 terrible, "funny" folk songs. Ugggg. I can't believe I even listened to it.

Hey, country bumpkin, you get out more than most people do - you just live in a college town so it seems skewed. And anyway, you should be proud that you usually have better things to do...right?!

Rachel said...

Were you at least been flattered that they wanted to get a better view of your ass?

evil-e said...

I almost had you on that "dropped something" bit, since I am not allowed to yell cudely out the car window anymore.

Sounds like a fun night. I got some free CDs and listed for a large hard core show on Saturday night.

a said...

This is true - tonight I picked up a 6 pack of beer at the local grocer. When I went to the counter - the boy behind the checkout said "I'll need an id for that beer" - when I reached for my wallet he started laughing - I really wanted to say "lick me on the face and call me a sucker" but I had to laugh too - oh for the days when they weren't kidding about an id for the beer!

Churlita said...

Rel,

It's always cute when I make an ass out of myself...Or is it?

Margaret,

We should go out drinking together sometime.

Fringes,

I still haven't listened to it. I think it's someone's home hip hop wicky-wicky cuts.

A.,

I didn't think about it that way, but you're probably right.

Booda Baby,

Thank you for giving me credit.

DMarks,

I do want an 8-track.

Dagromm,

It's like rock but louder and with wristbands.

Poptart,

Folk music? Too funny.

I have better things to do, like sit on my couch and watch movies.

Rachel,

I guess I'd be flattered if I thought I was the only girl they tried that on.

Evil-E,

I'm an easy target, right?

have fun at the show.

A.,

That boy was an asshole. I should go down to Texas and kick his ass for you.

fringes said...

wicky-wicky cuts made me laugh out loud.

Churlita said...

Fringes,

Thanks. You know what I'm talking about, right?

smalltownfun.squarespace.com said...

For reals about being 40 in a college town - I don't think I could handle it. It's like you lose that sixth sense about college guys after about the age of 26. I also have to second you on the going out thing. I never imagined I'd be too tired to go out or see a band or hang with friends. Now, if I go out one night - for any amount of time, I'm dead for the week. Is 40 the new 65?!

Churlita said...

Small town fun,

It sure feels like it, doesn't it?