So tonight I went out to the local pizza place for dinner with my brothers, and wouldn't you know it, but we got some entertainment along with our pizza and root beer. Granted, it was at someone else's expense, but I found myself laughing hysterically at the situation before my eyes. I couldn't help it.
I'll set the scene: we arrive and pick a table, and at the table next to us is a couple, man and woman, whom I would guess are young professionals, maybe out of college by several years. I would peg it as a first or second date. The girl was extremely talkative, one of those people who seems to like to hear the sound of their own voice. She also gesticulated wildly the whole time she was talking.
Kudos go to the guy, who sat and did his best to seem interested (when he was definitely far from interested) in what she had to say. I first picked up on this, when after seeing that he had just finished eating his pizza, he leaned back and closed his eyes. My brother commented that the poor guy had had no chance to get a word in edgewise, and I followed with a crack to the effect that that's why he was closing his eyes: he was falling asleep while listening to her.
I really thought that it was a clever crack on my part, but I quickly discovered that it was the truth. His eyes stayed closed, and I recognized instantly the signs of sleep, such as the head lolling a bit (I have much experience with this form of sleep, I've taken my share of boring lecture classes). The guy was falling asleep while his date kept yakking. To top things off, the girl didn't seem to notice, or care, about the fact that her date was dozing!
Needless to say, this spectacle turned out to be the high point of my day, I haven't laughed so long in quite a while. We were there for about an hour and a half, and the this date started before our arrival on the scene, took place the whole time we were there, and continued after we left!
I want to thank these two unwitting people for giving me a memory that will remain imprinted in my mind for a long time to come, and will cheer me up when I'm feeling blue. Who would've thought a bad date could be so good for someone else?