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!