Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rules of Engagement

Time for a rant. I'm out to become the female Lewis Black!






Collin and I had lunch at Noodles and Company today. They have the best pasta and salads...but today, they had something I could have lived without.


The server brought out our food, and Collin went up to the soda machine for a refill. I wondered why it was taking him so long. The restaurant wasn't busy. Taking a closer look at the couple ahead of him, I realized they were standing in front of the machine...kissing! I was about to shout out, "Get a room, you idiots!" when they broke the liplock and went to their booth. I'm surprised the didn't sit in the same side of the booth so they could continue necking.






Don't get me wrong...I'm very much in favor of romance, If I weren't, I wouldn't be writing love stories. But there's appropriate and then there's inappropriate. Holding up a line in a restaurant for a bout of face-sucking is definitely inappropriate. A kiss isn't just a kiss when you're interrupting the other diners' lunch for it.


Behavior that embarrasses others is inappropriate. William and I knew a woman who was so blatant in her amorous pursuits, we broke all ties with her. She crossed too many lines. I was so embarrassed by her behavior that my parting words to her included "Drag a mattress to the curb. I'm sure somebody will come and climb aboard sooner or later."






I've found there's an odd double standard here. Face it, ladies, most of you are guilty of this one. We women are appalled by men in whom we have no interest getting too pushy in their flirtations, yet most  think men like any and all female advances. It's not true. I know many men who find the relentless flirtations uncomfortable. My father was one of them. Even when he knew it was "just in fun," he considered it to be in extremely poor taste. He refused to respond to such unwanted attention. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.


Girls, we stress that no means no when the guys get too aggressive. That goes for them, too. If they're ignoring us, they're just not into us. One-sided flirtations make both men and women look pathetic.


And as for those over-the-top PDAs (public displays of affection)--get a room! If I'm not doing it myself, I sure don't want to want someone else having all the fun!











20 comments:

  1. Bravo, Norma!

    There's a time for everything... but tonsil hockey in the checkout line is really, really bad form!

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  2. And this is rather different then what I think of when I hear the rules of engagement, but that's what I get for reading spy novels....

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  3. Well as someone who hangs onto her hunk because weird looking beotches are constantly ogling him ( yes, even at his tender age of 71) I am guilty of stealing kisses anywhere I can. Soda machine or not I'm guilty of the public displays of affection and self-preservation/protection of my best male bud. Sorry Norma I'm bad.

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  4. Yes, too much PDA and too-pushy women (and men) are definitely a turn-off.

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  5. There's a line between just the odd kiss here and there and all out groping that's holding up other people. Someone like that needed cold water tossed on them.

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  6. William's going to kill me for this, but some of you already know about the amorous grandma who recently pursued him at Facebook. He tried to be a gentleman. He didn't want to hurt her feelings. He simply didn't comment on her attempts to flirt with him. It didn't work. She didn't take the hint.

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  7. I wish I could tell you stories of all the times I've had to fight off the unwanted advances of reckless women! I can't. Mostly because I don't have any of those stories ...

    Seriously, I really can't stand anyone who slows down the basic flow of society. Not against snogging in public; just against people who do it and keep me from getting my soda. Not agains people taking a phone call at the stoplight; I'm just against people taking calls and not paying attention when the light says 'go'.

    Basically, do what you want so long as it doesn't impede me from doing what I want.

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  8. Wait a second ... you're telling me William is the Facebook Lothario for the Golden Girls? Oddly, I'm not surprised by that. He is very wise. lol

    Sorry couldn't resist giving him a hard time!

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  9. Ok, that's just gross. A quick peck is ok, but all out necking in a line-up is just wrong.

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  10. Sorry, partner. I knew this was not going to end well.

    EJ, Granny wasn't the only one who wouldn't take no for an answer. She was just the...oldest....

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  11. I can top this. When I worked in a jewelry counter some guy was feeling his girlfriend's (of course she was braless). I asked him to please stop but got ignored. That's when she got really embarrassed and they started hitting and arguing their way out of the store. Honestly, there's a right and wrong that some people just don't get. AND I'm with Norma. I've been around long enough to see William get hit on a lot. White hair and all, I get hit on Facebook from guys half my age. Everywhere and anywhere for some. Lip locking - I would have said something.

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  12. Watching a flirtation between two people in love or at the start of a relationship is fun to watch--but when the flirtation is one-sided, it just looks pathetic.

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  15. Rat dog....I like him. He's cute. Public dispalys of affection can be rather embarrassing.

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  16. I have no idea who Lewis Black is but he looks very angry! LOL! Hello to your rain soaked fun blog!

    Two things about PDA's (I really like this acronym, thank you!) are:
    1) the sound of the kiss - a kind of smacky smacky sound - bleagh.
    2) people on their mobile phones signing off with "love ya, babe, see ya soon, love ya, kisses, love ya foreverrrrrrrr".

    LOL! take care
    x

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  17. Oh, ugh. I would have found this so annoying and I'm pretty certain I wouldn't have been able to keep my mouth shut. Poor Collin!

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  18. Thanks, Talli! Collin, mellow soul that he is, just stood there. I was thisclose to publicly embarrassing them. There's a time and a place, and when the PDAs start infringing upon the rights of others, it's time to put the brakes on.

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  19. Lewis Black is hilarious when he gets on a rant, Kitty!

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