By Mindi, Columbia Heights resident & CASS volunteer
The following is a carefully transcribed conversation I had with a man in about his 60s while at a crosswalk, and then walking down Harvard in Columbia Heights.
Old man: “If no one ever told you you look good, I’m telling you now.”
Old man: “God bless you.
… Do look good though.
… You look mighty sexy.
… Hey girl, I said you look mighty sexy.”
Me: “Come on, dude. Are you going to holler at me all the way down the street? I’m a human -”
Old man: ”I’m just trying to tell you you look sexy, DAMN! I’m sorry, though … Look, I’ll walk on the other side of the street.”
Me: “You don’t have to leave! You can just stop harassing me.”
Old man: ”I’m a man! You’re a beautiful woman. What am I supposed to do?”
Me: “Uh, pretty much anything but what you’re doing right now.”
At this point, we are standing in the middle of the sidewalk, staring at each other, completely dumbfounded. After a few seconds, we both calm down.
“Look,” he says patiently. “I’m just trying to tell a beautiful woman she looks good.”
“In a nice way?”
“I SAID you lookin sexy!”
“OK,” I say. “Thanks, then. Bye.”
“All right, then. Sorry if I offended you.”
“Thanks, I really appreciate that.”
“You have a nice day, young lady …
… I’m just saying, though. I WOULD take you home and have sex with you.”
Car honks loudly and stops as three men lean out the window yelling in our general direction. Cue old man:
“EXACTLY! I already told her she looks sexy. Hey girl, see? What did I say? Hey GIRL! What did I SAY?”
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