Saturday, October 28, 2006

This just made my day

I was cycling home from training; tired, wet, dressed head to toe in spandex, 20 minutes outside Bristol, and being rained upon. I passed a bloke on his bike. This in itself in not extraordinary, nor is the fact that a few moments after I passed him (easily), he caught me up, huffing and puffing. (I have observed that males really hate being passed by females when cycling. Poor fragile male egos!) I was about to make a sarcastic crack about being passed by a girl, but before I could open my yap, the fellow let loose with,

"I just had to tell you, you offer the nicest rear view I've seen in ages!"

!!! What a hoot.

"Thank you, good sir," I replied, laughing broadly. "It's very nice of you to say. You just made my day."

"That's fair," he said. "The sight of you certainly made mine!"

By that point I was laughing too hard to respond, and he peeled off and went in another direction.

I was so glad he decided to be jovial and forthright and speak up. We are waaaaaaay too uptight in our culture about inappropriate comments and sexual harassment. It's gotten so it's almost impossible to have an innocent flirt anymore. How wonderful that he made free to pay me a friendly compliment and spread a bit of cheer.

So mate, wherever you are: thanks a million.

14 comments:

Loganoc said...

Hm - something similar but opposite happened to me a few years ago. I pulled out into the road on my bike, possibly slightly in front of a very old and slow cyclist, who then shouted at me "what do you think you're doing, you fat-arsed woman".
I almost cried! And it was just some senile old git. So - comments from random cyclist seem to have an amazing power. Use it wisely...

Dave said...

This post should really be ilustrated, shouldn't it?

Betty said...

Ah, the compliments you get from men when you're young just become like yellowing photos in an album when you get older and become part of the force of Invisible Women. You should treasure them.

Oh well. At least I've got the memories ...

treespotter said...

LOL

treespotter said...

that is really an embarrassing comment. sorry, but it was a good a refreshing story.

treespotter said...

i agree with dave this calls for an illustration.

Karen said...

What a great compliment! And you're right, we're way too uptight about sex and sexuality.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

illustration? no, i don't think so. why? for the same reason that it is better to remain silent and have people think you a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Anonymous said...

Well it wasn't me, you'd never have caught me. .....

First Nations said...

what a nice comment, and nicely put too! beats the hell out of 'Hey bitch! nice ass!'

Use your imagination. she rows, folks. you could probably bounce coins off it all day long and have them land in france.

i forgot what my matter of some small urgency was. ...no wait..oh yes..
pass me in a roll of toilet paper will you? you're out in here.

homo escapeons said...

No doubt the view was inspiring.

Good news for modern man. That certainly is a liberating testimonial...let us toss Political Correctness upon the trash heap of History.

Holy Pandora's Box Batman!

Does this mean that men shall no longer hold back from lavishing 'chicks'with well intentioned solicitations and 'probing' remarks regarding the potential and hopefully immediate availability of their 'swimsuit' areas.

Finally the inner most primal urges percolating from the bottom of our male reptilian cortexs (every 7 seconds) can be released to a demonstrably grateful audience...
damnit, after 48 years I was just starting to get 'the hang' of disguising my various states of arousal.

Gee Willikers CB this funny old world is full of surprises!

Chaucer's Bitch said...

not the least of which is hearing people say "Gee Willikers!"

And what makes you think women don't have primal urges percolating up from the bottom of our cortexes every seven seconds???

Annie Rhiannon said...

I can't wear a cortex. Just never got used to them.

SBB said...

That's lovely. Makes one want to take up cycling. Only here in Malaysia you are more likely to get run over by a bad driver than complimented.