Armed with The Axemaker’s Gift I dined alone tonight at an Italian place on the hill. Halfway through dinner a handsome older guy stopped by my table on his way out and said “You are simply adorable. Don’t change a thing. If I were 20 years younger I’d sit down and buy you a drink.” He didn’t look older than mid- to late 40s, so he probably thought I was in my mid-20s. I just smiled and said thank you.
I’d been in an odd funk all day, not sure if I was just tired or what, but his comment made my day. Not sure that the takeaway is to eat more dinners at restaurants alone however.
A corollary for Seattle men: assertiveness and forthrightness gets you points.