August 7, 2008

When I was in college, if I was in love with somebody I knew slightly but I couldn’t come up with an excuse to, you know, actually speak to him, I would tell him he’d appeared in my dreams the night before (in a completely non-sexual way).

“I dreamed that there were a bunch of people floating around as circles,” I said to one guy once, “and I was a triangle, and then I saw another triangle floating around, and it turned out to be you.”

We ended up making out once, several months later, so obviously I was onto something.

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7 Responses to When I was in college, if I was in love with somebody I knew

  1. jaime says:

    I may, seriously, try that this weekend.

  2. jaime: Good luck. Let me know how it goes. As soon as s/he take her/his tongue out of your mouth.

  3. TED says:

    There is something about your verb usage here that implies a shift from a general to a specific situation, but since I can’t confidently name the tenses involved, I won’t mention it, so as to avoid appearing ill informed.

    Instead, I’ll just wonder aloud whether the same approach would work in a craigslist ad.

  4. TED, it’s a shift not of tense but of aspect (from habitual to perfective).

    But I think that you should try it on craigslist and report back.

  5. TED says:

    Aspect, eh? Well, now I’m really happy that I didn’t comment.

    The craigslist readers appear not to have been moved by the triangles. They are Philistines, but I reckon we knew that already.

  6. Birdie says:

    That was no dream; that was Flatland.

  7. jaime says:

    Update: I ended up not going with this and just drinking a little too much and, well, nothing really happened, but foundations may have been laid.

    (And now I’m nervous that I’m using the wrong form of lay.)

    (Hehe, lay.)



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