Valentine's Day Silicon Valley Style
It was Valentine's Day and I suddenly had an insane craving for sushi. So I headed to my favorite place and took a seat ready to devour pieces of protein at the speed of lightening. Unless I am in a foreign country and trying to soak up the local flavor, eating alone for me involves either reading, chatting with the waitress about her celebrities or shamelessly eavesdropping.
I decided that February 14th was a good day for eavesdropping.
I looked around the packed restaurant and found two young guys in a heated debate. The noise level made my clandestine operation difficult at best but then I heard one of them lean in and quietly admit to the other, "I have to say, I have been doing a lot of thinking about relationships..."
I'm hooked - a young guy who actually uses the word 'relationship' and communicates this to another guy friend on Valentine's Day? Between my miso soup and my spider roll, I jot down what I understand to be their conversation.
"Yeah, I am actually feeling bad about the relationships too. How would you rate (her)?
" I am not sure, I thought I could solve it because (she is a) virgin"
"Really? Which (virgin) are you talking about?
"Yeah, well after (virgin) 5 - I mean, talk about drop off."
"I know. I was banging (her) out for months - I just can't keep it up anymore."
"And it's costing a fortune, right?"
"Yeah, but that's not really my problem. I have to start by assuming that I know everything about (her) - what she thinks is funny, not funny, what her political biases are, her tastes, her religion....and I should be able to glean this, but in the end I still can't completely encircle (her) and grab (her) accurately.Continued on the next page