Disclaimer: I never was one.
Anyhow, as I was brushing my hair this morning, noting that my sunburn sure is noticeable even on my already generally red face, I contemplated further the nugget of information I’d gleaned the other day. Apparently the long-term girlfriend of a (much younger) coauthor finds me a threat.
The true reason she finds me a threat is the same reason that the grants office loves me and editors enjoy working with me. She doesn’t know that, but the reason said coauthor has been praising me is because I get things done on time when I say they’re going to be done and if something is going off time I let him know right away. That commodity is painfully rare among academics and probably among most of the population. Maybe all the organized people go into accounting or something. Or stay in the midwest!
But I find it amusing to think that in the two times she’s briefly met me, she was so struck by my overwhelming beauty and charm that she thought there was no way that her boyfriend could help but succumb.
I sort of want to tell her not to worry, her boyfriend is short and has bad teeth (in addition to being much younger and at a different life stage), but I imagine that would not go over well. I did tell the person who said something to me to let her know that her boyfriend really just was not as perfect as my guy who I am madly in love with and not to worry. I contemplated the potential reaction to telling her I have only ever dated engineers (including computer scientists), and they all had different versions of the same name (except, of course, my current guy) which is not what her boyfriend’s name is. Though then I realized it is the name of some other folks in the department and told my imaginary self that that was probably a bad idea too.
Anyhow, as badly as I feel for her insecurity, and as amusing as I find the whole idea (ah, 20 somethings!)… it does put a little spring into this old lady’s step. It has been a long time since I’ve thought of myself as a threat to anyone! (Actually, I don’t think I ever particularly did… I always tended to attract only quiet guys who had never had a girlfriend before.)
Are you a femme fatale or ladies man? Share a story for a time when you felt attractive!