Blathering Lothario

October 9, 2009

in Passenger Stories

I was waiting for my plane to start boarding at the Houston airport (the flight was delayed, of course). A couple of rows away from me in the waiting room was a man who was droning on and on in an extremely LOUD voice to several women, who were hanging rapturously onto his every word. These women were not the most attractive, youngest or thinnest people in the world, and I imagine that this man’s attention had them very flattered.

I don’t care what kind of trip this guy was laying on these women, but *I* didn’t want to have to hear it.

Finally, after the women had left for snacks and come back to take all the available seats in the waiting room row, this guy got down on one knee (shades of “Swanee”) to continue blathering on at the top of his lungs. Then he asked the ladies, “Can you hear me?”

I answered for them. I said, in just as loud a voice as his, “Oh, we can ALL hear you. Except for that guy way over in the corner there. But don’t worry, his friend is telling him what you said.”

The guy looked absolutely *shocked* to learn that he might be disturbing anyone with his high-decibel spiel, but at least he quieted down.

My husband, who was sitting across from me, pretended not to know me, but several other passengers gave me grateful looks.

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Fran October 9, 2009 at 6:41 am

So, what did the women's appearance have to do with this story? Apparently if these women had been young, thin and attractive his attention would have been more understandable and acceptable? And why was it important to note that they took all the available seats? Were they supposed to stand if there were available seats? You don't exactly care for your own gender much do you?

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Bob October 9, 2009 at 7:31 am

I bet she was jealous that the other women were getting all of the attention!

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ps October 9, 2009 at 7:49 am

I believe she meant that they are not the stereotypical female that a wannabe Lothario would be expected to be drooling over. I guess there is no way to avoid that sounding awkward. Just the same, I thought the shout back was good.

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Jodi October 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

Omg. That’s hilarious.

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saw October 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

Wow… truly hell for you… Might I suggest next time, some earplugs?

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