Thursday, March 18, 2010

Salad Boy

If you're single then chances are you've used nicknames. No, I'm not talking about the whimsical names you give your friends you've known for years. Not names like "bop it" because at your 16th birthday party your best friend walked into a tree. The names I'm talking about are nicknames you give those crushes that you hope will work out, but often never do.

Some of the names I've had in the past include "sweater boy", "piano man", "bouncer", "sports guy", and most recently "salad boy". Why do we use these nicknames? Usually because unless your crush has a defining characteristic, your friends don't care enough to keep the men you talk about inside their already cluttered mind. Heck, they have their own romances to be worrying about. So...we nickname them.

But what, might you ask, is the story behind "salad boy"? Why call him that? Because..."salad boy" represents a growing trend among men. A sad trend. And the by product of a lost art. This lost art is chivalry. The reason this man is called "salad boy" is because he went on a (non defined but quite obvious) double date with me and my roommate and her boyfriend and he didn't pay for my $7.00 salad.

Whoa. Don't freak out now. It's not that I can't afford a $7.00 salad. In fact, I can afford a few salads. I try to budget my money quite well. It's "salad boy" saying things like "man, your salad was $7.00" that really burns my butter. Then hitting on me and expecting that I will reciprocate the feeling when you don't want to show you care enough to purchase a cheap, and very tasteless, salad.

To end the fantastic evening, "salad boy" doesn't walk me to my car. So, I put "salad boy" aside. Why? Why not give salad boy a chance? Because women deserve better. Women should NOT let men get away with treating them poorly. Men need to man up and learn how to be the men they use to be.

How? Open doors. Ask women on real dates instead of "hanging out". Ask women out the beginning of the week for a date that is later in the week. Send them a thoughtful message once and a while. Don't argue over petty things. Pay for things (but don't expect to pay for everything all the time. If a woman bleeds you dry then don't date her. Good women will offer to pay). But also know that good women will NEVER offer to pay on the 1st date. That means they're either pushovers, too "strong" of a woman, or don't like you romantically.


Ajax's Whimsical Revolution said...

Salad isn't usually a main dish anyway, it's a side.

Nicknames I've used in the last year include "miss saigon", "Yoko" and "the car business." I don't make these up, my best friend does, like you said, it's easier for him. Oh, and one more, "Meg" (as in Meg Ryan, I came up with this one, I said "I want to tell her that I'm Tom Hanks, she is Meg Ryan and we've got mail).

Rebecca Curtis said...

In my apartment we have nicknames for the guys that we are all dating/crushing on. ours are: Young Boy, Winking Boy,Awkward Man, just to name a few. I find this system so helpful!

I am sorry that your date was a bit of a time :)

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