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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Love Stinks...Remember that song?

I'm at the coffee shop this morning, and I have a perfect view of a young woman on the patio. She's frantically checking her phone. Keeps picking it up, looking at it, opening it, checking her watch. Sort of like what we did in high school when we picked it up to hear the tone, just to make sure he could get a hold of us if he tried. Yeah, he didn't try, but whatever.

So the girl is an Indian college student, plain-looking by most standards (coffee shop is across from a college) and as she picks the phone up, checking her watch at the same time (an awkward stance to be sure), he comes. HE is a gorgeous, young Asian guy (I would guess Korean if I had to.) He's buff with the kind of muscles that bulge out of his T-shirt. And when he arrives, our sweet little Indian gal, with the stack of books, slams them shut. She only has eyes for our hero. She instantly becomes animated and chatty and leans forward to speak. He's kind back, but I can't tell if he's interested. She has yet to quit talking. She seems overly thrilled that he's showed up, and it's way obvious. Girls, you can't be obvious. Guys read this as desperation.

Then, a plot twist. Approaching the table is an average-looking Indian guy. Everyone greets each other, but our heroine hasn't taken her eyes off the Asian hottie and she's only given our arriving friend a sideways glance. I'm feeling so badly for the Indian guy, and this is why I'm telling you their races -- the poor Indian guy never notices that she's into the other guy. As far as he's concerned, he's Indian, she's Indian and he's interested in her. Don't bother him with the truth like details, he wants her. Of course she wants him.

The Korean represents no threat to the second guy, but watching them interact, he might as well be her brother. He acts like the other guy is the third wheel and is friendly, never noticing our heroine hasn't taken her eyes off the other guy. Men, this is your clue.

Actually, the Asian guy acts like he's happy to see the Indian guy, so he's probably not into our heroine and is happy for the respite -- the chaperone who will prevent anything from happening. There you have it...he loves her, but she loves him...and he loves somebody else, you just can't win. And so it goes until the day you die, this thing they call love's gonna make you cry...J. Geils Band

The point? Besides that I should mind my own business? 90% of communication is silent and it's that ten percent that really defines things, isn't it?

posted at 12:05 AM  
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At 8:18 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Great observation. You're right, so much of communication silent.

Have a great day, Kris!


At 8:21 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

People watching! And you have such a rich field to observe. LOL

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Marla Taviano said...

What a hoot! You really should've gotten up out of your comfy seat and shared your wisdom with them. Think of how grateful they all would have been.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Hub and I sometimes even fill in the conversation when we're spy...I mean, "noticing" a first date or something :) You're a master, though, Kristin, lol.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Hilarious, Kristin!

At 1:08 PM, Blogger SaraBeth said...

When I people watch, I always have to finish the story. I add the background and the future. Say, does the girl eventually realize her love for the Indian? Or does she meet someone else after realizing the Korean doesn't "feel the same way"? Or does the Korean change his mind later but its too late? Or does the girl decide to finish college and forget boys and instead go to some distant land as a medical missionary and heal all the people of the villiage, leaving both boys behind to wonder in her wake? Ok, ending this now before I get too crazy. But that is my average mental process when people watching. ;)

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Travis Erwin said...

And then the Asina guy takes her for a very bad emotinal roller coaster and eventually kicks her to to the crub.

The Indian guy waits patiently for a while and then settles for some other girl.

Years later, the Indian girl goes to find the Indian boy and convinces him to abandon his wife and family for a taste of what he missed all those years ago.

To fund their lust filled getaway they rob a a liquor store and the Indian boy gets shot as they fell. He dies and the girl gets away scot free.

Least that's my guess.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I can tell we have some latent novelists in our midst. Travis, we like HAPPY endings! LOL We're girls, remember? LOL

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Travis, you're such a realist! Which, of course, depresses us, and it's why we write romance.

My personal take is our poor little heroine is going to get her heart broken and her Indian friend will be there to nurse her back to health until she's ready to try again...with someone else. Because the Indian guy has "He's a nice guy!" Written all over him. : )

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Well, that was depressing.

Wonder how many times people have noticed me acting like that?



At 7:51 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

Kristin- I think I finally understand how you can write such real characters. Please, don't ever mind your own business!

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Kristin, where did you learn all this stuff? I need to know. I think if I could learn the secret it might save me a lot of heartbreak and time in the future. After all I wouldn't want to waste time on any man who wasn't interested back. :)

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Travis Erwin said...

It might surprise y'all but my stories tend to end happily ever after. And yes, the girl alwyas ends up with the right guy as well.

At 12:32 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Malia, you can't see it in yourself unfortunately. You either make a jerk of yourself, or you have a best friend who tells you that you're being a jerk.

Either way, it's part of getting the right guy. Because you will lose it eventually with the right one, and act like a complete moron, and if he sticks around, he's probably the one! You need someone to be a moron with for your life, right? LOL

Incidentally, when the one you loves does something completely embarrassing? You find it endearing. Oh how my best friend made fun of my husband-to-be and I'd say, "I think it's cute." LOL So see, the right guy is saying about that Indian gal, Isn't it too cute how she keeps checking her phone for me?

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Now, see....I'd have an assasin kill them all, but the question would be...who was the mark, and why? LOL


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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