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Modern courtship

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I’m trying to study in the library but cannot avoid hearing the (loud) conversation at a table about 15′ from my chair. Three college-age people, 2 men and a woman, and the loudest is the young man trying to impress the woman with his having been arrested 11 times and in college only because it was a condition of probation. What’s weird is that she seems attracted and impressed by what would be for anyone sensible a flashing red warning sign to get far, far away. But perhaps she has problems of her own: I just heard him say that he could help anyone through the court procedure.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 February 2011 at 10:42 am

Posted in Daily life

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  1. Danger is an aphrodisiac when you’re young. Don’t we find?

    Linda McConnell

    17 February 2011 at 3:11 pm

  2. Good point. I often forget that I am 71 and thus have a perspective that differs in some respects from that of a person 53 years younger. 🙂

    And of course what you say is perfectly true, thus the popularity among teenagers for scary movies and scary theme park rides. I even recall a psychological experiment that tested the effect.


    17 February 2011 at 4:31 pm

  3. Nothing new here. One of my closest friends was dating a young lady (35 years ago) and it was getting very serious (proposal time). One day they were in a bar with a group of friends and an acquaintance of the girl’s walked in. he had been in jail for some months and was now out. A petty criminal, no education.

    Te young lady turned to my friend and said, “Now that’s a man who’s lived”.

    My friend told me about it a couple of days later. He was stunned that here he was, working week-ends in a restaurant to put himself through medical school, a law-abiding, loving, and compassionate person…and SHE thought he was the putz and that the criminal had “lived”.

    Psychologists recognize that we tend to reveal ourselves in small things because they are much harder to control than the big things. For example, if you want to know if I’m honest, it matters little that I don’t rob banks. But watch me when a store cashier gives me too much change…what I do is far more telling about my honesty than the fact that I don’t rob banks.

    Anyway…he dumped her.


    18 February 2011 at 5:58 am

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