man course

FADE IN: 2 girls with teas-in-tow.

So I’m walking with my girl, you know, shooting the shit, I hadn’t seen her in like a minute, and out of the fuckin’ blue, we hear this guy shout out to us. The next thing we know, he’s directly in front of us, well, my friend.
“I had to stop you and tell you I think you’re beautiful,” he tells her.
My friend giggles completely flattered.
We say some warm stranger hello’s and then his boy is next to us shooting the shit with me.
“What are you guys up to?” the first guy says.
I point to my friend and tell them I haven’t her in a minute, so we’re gonna go catch up, so thanks but no thanks, you know.
We say our goodbyes. That was flattering, you know, blahblah, and then we keep walking.

About a minute later, the friend dude is running up behind us. He’s panting cuz it’s been like 2 blocks, “Ladies!” he yells. We stop.
“I just needed to know,” — still panting — “Are there boyfriends in the equation or can I ask you out for a drink sometime?” He’s looking right at me.
My friend, still flattered, says with a huge grin, “Sorry, we’re committed.”
“Ok, but does he have to know?” this time he’s staring right at me.
“I don’t do that,” I tell him with a little, you know, back the fuck up, bitch! — I mean, who says that?!
My friend gives me a “Be nice” look.
I mean, come on!

Anyway, that’s besides the point. It dawns on me, you know, 3 minutes later, that about a month ago, a student of mine told me he was in this man course on how to date a woman. And he showed me the same trajectory — you know, run up to the girl, stop in front of her so she can’t keep walking, say something nice. My student does it to me on the street after class one day, I thought it was crazy and told him that. And then here we are, this guy did the same thing to us. He’s taking the fuckin’ course!

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.