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31 December 2009 @ 06:27 pm
Beer goggles: flattering middle-aged women since 1867 ...

About 10 minutes ago, Mr Brammers asked if I could grab a coffee for him. The only cafe open was the one that is also a bar and pizza joint, so I sauntered in and asked for a large flat-white, extra hot (like an extra hot latte for the rest of the world, with a bit less milk).

A nice-looking young man was sitting for the bar and turned around to approve my beverage of choice in the carefully enunciated tones of one who had clearly been there a while. He went on to ask what I would be up to for the New Year and we exchanged a few sentences.

Young man: So, do I detect a bit of an accent there?

Brammers: Yeah, I grew up in England.

YM: Nice. Been back lately?

B: Yeah, actually, I was on the way home from London this time last week.

YM: Oh right! Which one do you think is better? I've been there, too, so I know what I think but I'd love to know what you think.

B: Well, Sydney has an amazing landscape and the biggest skies, plus fabulous winters and friendly and relaxed locals, while London has better shopping and more things to do per square mile, plus it has fantastic museums and you meet the most astonishing people there. In Sydney, you tend to meet the same people again and again, while you can always be meeting fresh ones in London.

YM: Well, I'm not sure I agree with you there, after all, we haven't met before, have we? And we should have!

B: (With horrified realisation that I am being flirted with) Er, no, but that's probably because I'm about 20 years older than you, there's every chance I know your mum or dad ...

YM: (Stares)

B: (Points to crowsfeet)

YM: Anyway, have a great New Year!

B: Yeah, you too! Bye!
Target for Displaced Anger: ENTERPRISE rear viewdavidkevin on December 31st, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)

You silly, you should have taken him up on it! As a young man I had relationships with older women, and they always were wonderful, for both of us each time.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
Mr Brammers would not have approved ;-)

The last time I had a fling with a younger man, just before I met Mr Brammers, I had to stop it, because he was so lovely and I found myself objectifying him appallingly. 'Don't worry your pretty head about it,' I said at one point, immediately followed by 'OH GOD! I've turned into a man from the fifties!'
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on December 31st, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
No, you just turned into a typical slasher ;P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Distractingly pretty young men are distracting! Tragically he was also bright and talented and used to do my housecleaning. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't have kept him on ...
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on December 31st, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
... or pass him on tomeeeeeeee?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
He's teaching philosophy in Berlin and visits London regularly, so who knows, he may one day appear in your local area. If a charming, beautiful philosophy professor who specialises in Kant and plays the piano appears: Grab Him!!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on December 31st, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
FLAIL!!! I would if I could.
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on December 31st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
ohohohoh, I live terribly close to berlin!
Brissygirl: face palm lion iconbrissygirl on December 31st, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
LMAO! Awww were you at least flattered? What did Mr Brammers say when you got home? I assume you both had a bit of a chuckle.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
It was somewhat flattering, though more comedic. Mr B smacked me on the bum and told me I still had it, then fled as I chased him for a retaliatory bum smack ;-)
Ann: stewie!dracotsosh on December 31st, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
Those are good flirting lines. He sounds cute.

Happy New Year! Enjoy the fireworks.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
At the lower end of my cute spectrum, while still cute ;-) Poor drunk lad, imagine if I had been single and up for it: he'd have woken up with a fortysomething!

Fireworks were good, though v loud. Now the city has that gentle reek of cordite ...
monster_o_lovemonster_o_love on December 31st, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
Ahahaha!!!! Oh you lovely, silly thing! The correct response was to smile mysteriously then disappear into the night.... with your lovely semi-latte for Mr Brammers!

And hey, what can you say? When you've got it, you've got it!!! ;)

Happy New Years, luv!! <3
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on December 31st, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Well, at least this time ratalia and pingrid didn't have to deal with him after you left ;P

(you don't have coffee making facilities in your home?)
Alaanaalaana_fair on December 31st, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
LOL! :-D
Eli/Ellie/ellie_norellie_nor on December 31st, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
This cheered me up no end! A happy new year to you and yours :-D
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on December 31st, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hee! I adore you. Really, I just.... *happy sigh*

Also hi! Welcome home from all your travels. I'm glad to hear you've been receiving such a warm welcome back in familiar parts. ;) I horrifyingly behind on everything LJ but read enough of your vacation posts to know it was quite an adventure.
lee: Clemence - defaultsnegurochka_lee on December 31st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! Go you! (also, that coffee sounds delicious). :)
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on December 31st, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
But doesn't a bit of innocent flirting make you feel good. I got carded the other day and actually replied "Are you kidding me? My children are older than you!"

It gave the group quite a laugh.

Happy New Year sweetie!!
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on December 31st, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
You cougar, you! :D :D :D

Some men actually prefer, uh, let's say "mature" women. Ripened like a fine wine! I would say that you have a youthful demeanor, though.

Snape's Angelangela_snape on December 31st, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like great fun!

Happy New Year!
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on December 31st, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
That is a bucket load of awesome. You should have winked at him as you walked away.
Hueyphoenixacid on December 31st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Finding out that you still have (and completely own) what it takes to lasso a young un is definitely not a bad way to end your year. ;) Have a happy new year, hun! *squishes you*
i can see your house from herewho_la_hoop on December 31st, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
*giggles* Hurrah! I hope you did a celebratory bottom-wiggle?
LadyDark1 ~ A  Harry and Draco Slash Addict.Period: 2 champagne flutesldydark1 on December 31st, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
(giggle) I think that is oh so wonderful,
and sweet. You still have it darling.. ;)
Jaeenchanted_jae on January 1st, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
You still got it, babe!
grey_hunter on January 1st, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
But I don't see any flaws in his logic.
It's a Deensedeensey on January 2nd, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
Cause you DO NOT LOOK AS OLD AS YOU ARE. You, my doll, are a hottie.