07 November 2006

Missing out

Once upon a time, I lived in a small college town. I always shopped at the Safeway and I always went to the same checker.

Kirk was friendly and efficient. And cute. Way cute. So what if his line was a little longer? It did a girl's heart good just to bask in the glow of his ultrawhite smile for a minute or two.

Eventually Kirk quit the grocery store and opened a little business across the street from where I worked. On the first day they were open, I went in to see what it was all about and I was impressed by the clean, shiny smoothie bar.

"They could franchise this place," I thought.

I visited Kirk and his co-owners often to get massive, tasty smoothies. I wanted to flirt with Kirk but I didn't. First, he intimidated me with his overwhelming cuteness, and second, I got a gay vibe from him. This does not mean he was or is gay - it just speaks to my tendency to label any man who is cute, clean and well-dressed "probably gay."

His business was a success. How much of a success?


Making-smoothies-for-Oprah-on-the-Oprah-Show kind of successful.

If I had it all to do over again, maybe I would have tried flirting just a little.

20 comments:

Dana said...

Holy crap...no kidding.

You should have flirted a lot more!

=)

Nadine - Healthifica.com said...

But, at least, do you get discounts?

:D

And, yes, that's a big big success!

Smoothies are healthy...

Heather B. said...

you could still be friends.

Gah, who am I kidding? Dude, that sucks.

Peevish said...

Gay as a goose! As a gay goose, that is. You forgot to mention the original name for the place: The Juice Club. That fairly screams "gay".

Meg said...

Oh, ouch!

Kvetch said...

That is typical "hindsight is 20/20 vision. From now on -- follow your instincts!!! My jaw dropped. You're like, so, totally famous by association!!!

Maggie said...

You just skipped over 5 degrees and went straight for 1! Cool story.

happy and blue 2 said...

I hope all women use the label "any man who is cute, clean and well-dressed is probably gay" as the standard.
Woohoo, more women for me. Many, many more, ha,ha..

guinness girl said...

Whoa! That's amazing!

Stephanie A. said...

Cute and a smoothie man? You can't beat that!

claire said...

bwahahaha! oh wow, that's awful. lesson learned, though: flirt with all small store owners that are cute and have franchise potential. got it.

whymommy said...

Mmmm, Jamba Juice. Love it love it love it when we travel! Wish they were here in our area ....

Heather said...

Okay, that is cool! Does he still know you? I would love to know someone like that! None of my friends have been so well known!

Mignon said...

That's very cool. It's nice to know JJ came from a Safeway checker's wildest dreams (well, maybe not wildest - that might be a different sort of establishment).

I love smoothies, but they give me a pain in my esophagus and brain freeze.

Lawyerish said...

Jamba Juice!! I LOVE ME SOME JAMBA JUICE. I am so grateful that it made its way East, finally. Smoothies - yay.

And damn. Hindsight 20/20 and all that, but really: damn.

super des said...

I am pro-Jamba Juice. And pro-cute guys. When I have the two together, I'm a happy des. So go buy some smoothies with Mr. Stapler and forget about "what could have been."

stampydurst said...

I'm doing a lot of "way back when I lived in LA" commenting today, but here goes. I was working as an extra on a commercial when some random guy started talking to me. He was there visiting a friend on the crew, and he said he wanted me to audition for his movie. He told me the name which sounded totally fake. I smelled a scam (or a plot to lock me in a coffin sized box under his bed) and told him I wasn't interested. About 1 year later, they were talking about the movie (with the same stupid) name on Entertainment Tonight. I looked up, and there was that guy!

Oops! He might still have drugged me and imprisoned me, but I would have been living in the box of a real movie director/producer. Oh well.

Queen of Spain said...

I love those. They are my fav.

I wanted to make sure you saw this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGNs7QMeV7E

gandhi rules said...

Damn I hate when we miss the boat like this. We could be mad rich right now.

SUEB0B said...

Heather - yes, he still knows me - as well as he knows everyone who went through his checkout line in 1988 LOL

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