Last week I decided that maybe I needed a good ol’ run in order to cure my inability to fall asleep. Since my gym membership had expired while I was in Sweden I called one of the sales girls and set up a meeting.
I entered the gym and got a bit annoyed straight away when the sales girl almost refused to even talk to me about a 6-month membership.
-One year is much better, much cheaper! She kept saying, over and over again.
-Yeah sure, but you see, my future is a bit unclear so maybe I don’t even need a yearly membership?
-But you can freeze it if you leave!
-Still doesn’t help me if I am not planning to come back.
We went on like that for a while and I tried to look into different options and so on. Then, suddenly, in the middle of our heated discussion, another sales girl came over, and interrupted us by whispering something to the sales girl I was talking to. They both giggled, making me annoyed at the spot. First of all I hate when people just come and interrupt what was supposed to be a meeting, and second of all, whispering?! Get over yourself.
Soon the “whispering details” was revealed however.
-So about the monthly card, I started…
-Oh, my colleague just told me that you are the girl with the handsome boyfriend, the sales girls interrupted. Both she and the other girl started giggling hysterically, making my chin drop to the floor.
-My colleague and her friends all think he is so handsome!!! Is he? She went on.
For a moment I was lost for speech. Now, if this would have happened during some other day I might as well have laughed and shrugged my shoulders, but I was clearly not in the mood this day, and also, bringing my “handsome boyfriend” into a conversation about my membership card isn’t really appropriate in my opinion.
-So is he, is he?! The girl urged.
-You know what, why don’t you take a look at him yourself, was all that I could eventually master.
Both of the girls looked kind of disappointed about my answer. I don’t know what the correct one would have been?
"Yes, he’s super hot! I loooooove him!!"
"I will tell him you said that!!"
"Yeah he’s actually looking for a new girlfriend, we recently broke up. Want me to introduce him?"
All I know is that those two girls had made me kind of annoyed and that I now was in no mood to continue the discussion.
I went and paid for my new card (receiving even more giggles from the girls behind the reception desk. Not sure what it is that is so funny about me, but I’m clearly someone that makes Chinese girls very giggly).
Running proved to be a bad idea, and not a cure for my lost beauty sleep. I had to step off the treadmill after only 6 km when I had almost fallen twice. (And I did not sleep any better that night).
Two tired days later I asked my Chinese friend about it all:
Me: would you be happy if a total stranger told you that your boyfriend is handsome?
She: yes, totally!
She: In China we like to have something that other people like.
Me: oh. Right.
She: why, wouldn’t you?
Me: I don’t think that way (I obviously don’t. Never want to either).
A moment of silence followed.
She: Jonna, do you have any friends like Enid?
Me: like who?
She: like Enid, in Desperate Housewives!
Me: Ehh.... hm.... ehhh... no?! I don't have any friends like Enid! huh? Why are you asking?
She: Well, I have heard that in Europe and in America people are more open-minded. And Enid clearly is (note to people that don’t watch the show: Enid is a slutty blonde who enjoys sleeping around in Desperate Housewives. She’s definitely more than “open-minded”). So I was wondering if you know someone like her?
Me: Eh… Enid is a made-up character in a made-up soap opera.
She: That reflects the real life in America?
Me: ehhh… Now, I've never been to America... but I’m not sure I would refer to Desperate Housewives the TV series as “the real life in America.”
New moment of silence.
She: I would like to get to know someone like Enid.
Me: sorry, cannot help you with that one.
I can tell that we are moving into a deeper level of friendship.