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Thursday April 05, 2001, 02:38

In particular, right now, my nose is really cold. I was not expecting this when I brought my fingers up to it, inexplicably. How often does one touch one's own nose after all? But I did, and I found it surprisingly chilled. I am tempted to cup my hands around my nose and blow warm air out of my mouth so that it circles back around and lands on my nose, but am worried that once I do that I will be unable to type. So I will take my hands away from my nose in order to type, and then my nose will get colder still. Or at least will have the perception of being colder as it will be cooling from mouth-warmed warm to air-temperature cold.

"So I hear you asked her out!"

There was not the least bit of disapproval in her voice, which was surprising as several nights before she had said (paraphrased) "You are not allowed to ask her out (or I will break your kneecaps)." She smiled, and was marginally giddy, as if this was an exciting thing to be happening to her friends.

Unfortunately, I hadn't.

Instead, there had apparently been some miscommunication involving me being the friendly/lonely sort that I've been these days asking if someone else wanted to hang out some time. Perhaps I'd mentioned the word "coffee." I had forgotten that "coffee" was a code word for "fuck like bunnies" and had cast it about with reckless abandon. I don't know. I like to get coffee with strangers and talk and such. Is that a date? Most likely, in that not much is done on dates other than conversation and general "getting to know you."

Perhaps then, semantically speaking, my version of a date carries much less and much more meaning than it might to others. In my mind, any conversation has the potential to begin to open a person up and fall into the realm of "learn more about each other" territory. And every conversation then has the potential to lead to another so-called date. Or maybe it is what it is, which is coffee with an interesting people (as a rule I do not associate with uninteresting people - it makes it easier to handle life this way).

"I'm afraid I didn't."

"Are you sure?"

Realization. Panic. And the worry that I have somehow caused her much confusion and awkwardness. Noting however the individual involved, I quickly realized that she would be the least of my problems.

"Quite sure."

"Because she really thinks you did."

"I did mention coffee. Do you think that did it?"

"Yeah. That would be it."

So, um. Wanna get coffee sometime? You know, hang out? I think you're fun.

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