Cialis Generics, I am incredibly proud to introduce a new voice on The Ajnabee. She is the multi-talented, beautiful, warm and simply fabulous Zenobia Shroff. I met Zenobia nearly two years ago during one of the most important days in my life - the day I watched, for the first time, Sooni Taraporevala's film 'Little Zizou'. Much has been written about this little film that could - and did. - and all of it praised the wonderful performance by Zenobia as Roxanne, the mother figure we all wish we could have in our lives. Although her powerful acting prowess and genuinely kind personality made her the perfect choice for playing the role of Roxanne in 'Little Zizou' - Taraporevala recently confessed that 'Zenobia was a gift from the gods, a saving grace' - the gorgeous Zen herself is a single girl in the city, Cialis Generics. This fact makes it even more commendable that she found her mothering instincts so naturally, organically and convinced everyone who has been lucky enough to have watched the film that she is indeed the perfect mother. But I could go on and on and bore you to death. For more on Zenobia Shroff, read her bio on the ABOUT page or watch her in action on YouTube. And, by all means, stay in touch with her here on The Ajnabee where her column is titled 'Zen and the Art of...'. N-joy her funny and insightful piece on dating in the city!
Cialis Generics, WHAT. I HAVE TO PUT ON MY FACE FOR THIS!
At thirty-four I decided enough was enough. The gods had taken it upon themselves to collectively doom my love life and I was not going to take it anymore. Armed with a good friend and my best summer look, I enrolled in a dating service offered at a local coffee shop. Doing something of this nature was not something I had imagined for myself at this age or for that matter, at any age. Raised the youngest of three girls in a liberal upper-middle class household in Bombay, India, I had your standard school-girl fantasy (or for some, reality) that I would be married with two kids, the house and the dog by the time I was thirty, Cialis Generics. I however chose a different path and as a result found myself still single in the city at thirty-four. This was my choice. I did not have any regrets but the proverbial biological clock was ticking. I love children. Cialis Generics, I hadn’t met any one with whom I wanted to have them. So I decided to do something about it. My good friend Lauren told me about the coffee shop. The atmosphere was decidedly “Friends” like, with over- stuffed couches, magazines and giant coffee mugs. You had to go through books of profiles, pick men you were interested in and if they were interested in you too, you met at the coffee shop for a chat and hopefully more. I was sure it wouldn’t be that hard, Cialis Generics. After all these years of being single my “man-dar” (man plus radar, a term I proudly coined myself) would surely not let me down, right. Hah. Think again.
I picked three guys. Cialis Generics, Since I had a background in psychology and was at the time working in a psychiatric program as my day job, I started off with Paul, a psychiatric intern. The second guy was Matthew, a talent agent. Being an actress I saw definite potential there. The third was a self-described Michael J. Fox type. I chose him for that fact, Cialis Generics. So let’s start with Paul. It was a particularly hot summer evening. He hobbled in twenty minutes late, Cialis Generics mexico, apologizing and sweating profusely. I said no matter. Cialis Generics, The delay, he informed me, was due to the length of his session with his therapist. It went long. Not a good sign. Over the next half hour we discussed the pressures of working in psychiatry. I ask him how he deals. He says, poker–faced “Oh, I just punch my fist through the wall", Cialis Generics. I swallow hard, and flee shortly after, visions of my face being used as a punching bag swirling through my over-active imagination. Still I tell my self, one bad apple does not spoil the bunch.
In that spirit I meet Matthew. Matthew has described himself as “very cute, 5 foot 6 inches”. Cialis Generics, I leap up to greet him. We’re shoulder to shoulder. I’m 5’2’’. You do the math. As for ‘very cute’, I’m not going to touch that. Let me just say I was raised a lady, Cialis Generics. “Michael J. Fox’’ does not respond to my request to meet him. Thus ends round one. I am slightly deflated. Cialis Generics, Down but not out. A few weeks later I get a call saying there are four men wanting to meet me. I am newly buoyed. I go down to the cafe, check out the profiles and agree to meet all four. Profiles, ladies are very deceptive. If profiles were to be believed there would be not one unhappy woman on the planet. We would all be bathed in love, happy, rich and multi-orgasmic! And gentlemen - love you all but a helpful hint here - please tell it like it is, Cialis Generics. Don’t pretend to look like a movie star and live like a king. If you are a personal assistant to a banker don’t put investment banker under occupation. We will find out eventually. And then it’s just ugly. Cialis Generics, Case in point, Dick. The first of the four, an actor. I consider this a good starting point. Now Dick you must understand has described himself as a Richard Gere look-alike. And Richard Gere is one of my most favorite movie stars. So naturally I am curious, Cialis Generics. Slightly cynical, but curious. We meet. Throughout the meeting I sat and silently scrutinized his face, what part of it he was referring to as the Richard Gere factor. He meanwhile is prattling on endlessly and carelessly. Cialis Generics, Finally he says, “So how do I measure up to my profile?” and it’s like, honey you don’t!!. Not to mention that he was an out of work actor, with all the requisite bitterness and whining that goes with it. (Not that I would know anything about that!)
So clearly this plan had holes. I needed to come up with a new plan. Cialis Generics overseas, I needed to be ruthless, much as it was against my nature. Sitting there for one hour listening to them drone on was too much, Cialis Generics. I’d give them half an hour. Prove yourself buddy, or I’m outta there. But apart from that I had to have an out. A tag line. Cialis Generics, This then is what it boiled down to: “ Excuse me, I have to make a phone call” the phone call inevitably borderlined on an ‘’emergency”, and would beat a hasty retreat. This did work a few times after, though good, god-fearing girl that I am I was consumed with guilt by my deception. Yet it had to be done. My only hope was that they would not follow me because thay would have found me at the neighborhood Barnes and Noble frantically looking through Feng Shui books on how to redeem this mess. What should I buy. Crystals, Cialis Generics. Hearts. A pair of sitting ducks.
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Fortified with newly bought and unnecessarily spent on feng-shui energy, the next week I return to the scene of the crime. This time I am to meet Alex. Cialis Generics, Alex is a working-class New York type - slicked back hair, heavy after-shave, rings, and New York accent. He sat there and looked me up and down, nodding approvingly “Not bad, not bad, you have a whole Gina Gershon thing going.’’ Other gems like did I wear a bikini followed (remember, it was summer) as though from nowhere someone said "Excuse me I have to make a phone call”. Worn out, discouraged, but ever the performer, I decide the show must go on. So a few days later I meet Adam. Sweet deluded Adam. Adam was shall we say very much in touch with his feminine side, Cialis Generics. He took ballet, sipped peach tea, loved his plants and wore excessive jewelry. I wanted so badly to say Adam honey, may I guide you to the men looking for men section. Instead of course I said Excuse me I have to make a phone call. Next I encountered a dilemma straight out of dating etiquette 101. Cialis Generics, I was at the coffee shop one summer evening to meet Matthew. He was running late. While waiting on the oversized friends-style couch I noticed a fairly good-looking Jude Law type on the couch next to me. JL, as I now refer to him, starts chatting me up. In conversation he claims to have nothing to do with this desperate meat market. He was above the fray of the romantically challenged, Cialis Generics. He was simply here for some coffee while he worked on his computer. He laptops away between snippets of conversation. I tell him I am waiting for someone.
Finally Matthew arrives. Cialis Generics, (Matthew had described himself as having blue eyes and brown hair. In my opinion he had brown eyes and no hair. Another fun-filled wonder. Not to mention profuse sweating due to the enduring summer heat. Gentlemen: wipe off before you present yourself to us!) Shortly after he excuses himself to go to the bathroom, Cialis Generics canada. Using Matthews’s departure as an opportunity JL sidles up to me and in a low, slimy voice suggests we meet back here next week, Cialis Generics. Several thoughts spin through my mind simultaneously. One - it is in poor taste to chat with one guy when actually there for another. Two - what if Matthew springs from the bathroom as I say yes. Three - do I want to say yes. Cialis Generics, Not really. He seems borderline-creepy. Four – most important – didn’t JL claim not even fifteen minutes ago that he had no interest in using the cafe as a dating ground and was not a member. Finally I say, eye ever-vigilant on the bathroom door "Why don’t you give me your card, and I will call you?” I admit I had no intentions of doing so. About a week passes. The cafe calls me, Cialis Generics. Says Jeff would like to meet you. I inquire about Jeff. Turns out surprise, surprise it is Mr.-I don’t need-a-service to find myself a girl - JL. I say but he isn’t a member. Cialis Generics, They say – oh but he is. Ah, the way of men- so much ego. I could not tell the nice girl on the other end of the line "Excuse me I have to make a phone call” because I was on a phone call. That too with a mere innocent. Needless to say...
Listen, I’m no Emily Post or Dr, Cialis Generics. Ruth or Dr. Phil, but there are a few things I’ve learned and would like to share. I want to preface this by saying this is not a male-bash – clearly I like men or I wouldn’t be here telling you this - but boys, wipe the sweat off your brows and other body parts before you greet us. Don’t drip on us. Cialis Generics, Also please don’t tell us about your therapist on the first date. Or ask us if we wear a bikini. (This actually guarantees you will never see us in one!) Don’t lie about your height, your male-pattern baldness and please, please when filling out your profile don’t tell us you are a tiger in the sack. (This actually guarantees you will never see us naked!)
Any way, by now I had given up. I was not going to pursue this any more. Like my enthusiasm, the summer too was drawing to a close, Cialis Generics. Weeks pass. The phone rings. They say Bob would like to meet me. I say why not. Cialis Generics, I meet Bob. Bob is late, he is shy, he doesn’t make a very good first impression, but he is NORMAL. At this point regular, ordinary, normal is so good. At least there would be no psych. wards, bikinis, and hidden sexuality. No misrepresentation of height and hair follicles, Cialis Generics. Cialis Generics us, So we talked. He was dull but still... knowing that I was an actress, he asked the standard what are your favorite movie-stars question. I actually dislike that question because there are so many unknown talented actors who would be on that list if only one knew about them. Cialis Generics, Still I answered as enthusiastically as I could. On our second date - yes, we had one - he asked me who my favorite movie stars were. On our third date (don’t ask why) he asked me who my favorite movie stars were. So I treated him to an afternoon matinee about two people breaking up and felt certain he understood what I was trying to say.
I retreated. Years passed. I dated a little, actually met a few half decent guys, got my heart broken once or twice, heard my clock ticking and decided to dive in again, Cialis Generics. But this time I was going to be smart, right. I was going to get to know them first. See what they had to say. Even see what they looked like. Then Cialis Generics, meet them.
In this spirit, I joined a local Internet service for a trial of a month. I began my search. Every evening I would sit at my computer and scroll through literally hundreds of applicants. I decided to start small. Multitasking has always been hard for me, so multi-dating seemed overwhelming Three men caught my eye. All three were attractive to me (ladies – rule #1 of internet dating: photographs are deceptive, especially if you post one that’s ten years old!) Guy #1 was a nice all-American boy, Cialis Generics. We began a very decent correspondence. He was a dance instructor, lived in the city and worked on Long island. He was polite, built nicely on everything I wrote about, and seemed very cool. After a week or so he suggested we meet. Cialis Generics, So we did. One of those high-end places in Soho, where a cucumber soup is fifteen dollars. He was a genuinely sweet guy. I was feeling zip. Nothing. Nada, Cialis Generics. No chemistry. But I told myself to give him a chance. I need not have. Two days later he wrote me saying he found me beautiful, sweet, talented, smart, but no-thank you he’ll pass. Cialis Generics, That response has now taken its due place in my rejection hall of fame, along with its-not-you-its-me and other classics.
Guy #2 seemed a bit too eager. He happened to catch me online one evening and proceeded to frantically IM me. Where was I, where did I live, he was going to the gym right now - could we meet on his way there. I wrote back as politely as I could saying slow down and why don’t we get to know each other through the Internet a little and then meet. He wrote back an incomprehensible diatribe included in which was this sentence "My politics and fanaticisms are none of your concern” and its like, you’re right, Cialis Generics. They are not my concern. Not this minute anyway. Right now all I want to know is maybe your name. I never responded to that attack, 20mg Cialis Generics. Cialis Generics, A few weeks later he catches me online again. He IM’s frantically again -‘’ Is it you. Should we talk. Am I bothering you. Did I offend you, should I leave the room. I’m leaving the room, Cialis Generics. I’ve left the room.’’ Whew. Thank god. I never thankfully heard from him again.
Upon review I did not contact guy #3. He said that he was really good looking and so he wanted his partner to be really good looking because when they entered a room all eyes would be upon him and if she wasn’t up to snuff he did not want her to feel bad. Cialis Generics, Aaaw. The consideration. He went onto say that really he wasn’t superficial, but he really did need someone who was at least 5’4’’, in good shape. He said he was not that fussy that he would insist on a particular hair color (he was willing to let that go). Again, so considerate.
Thus run the details of my intrepid adventures in dating, Cialis Generics. The interesting thing about Internet dating is that after sufficient scrolling you can categorize the men quite efficiently. So you have the mushy guys, "When we kiss our lips will be one" the arrogant guys, (reference guy #3) the borderline - threatening guys "You better click on me" and the clearly romantically clueless "My pee turns green when I eat asparagus".
My favorite will always remain the man who said "I dare you to contact me" I mean isn’t that why you have posted yourself there?
Needless to say, I’m done. DONE. Cialis Generics, Of course I keep wondering about the Michael J. Fox guy. Maybe he is my destiny. It is a cruel twist of karmic fate. Of course knowing my luck he’d land up looking like little Richard.
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