(Written: New York, 33rd St – Picture: New York, 5th Ave)
While I drink my Milky Way tea in the Starbucks right beside the Empire State Building (and let’s be honest there are worse places to drink your tea – behind your computer screen at work just to name one) I read (or rather greedily indulge) my new book:
Sold out in Waterstones London, but Barnes & Noble in New York luckily had it. And even if you have no intention of becoming a screen writer, if you love romantic comedies this book is like chocolate cake with cream and a little red cherry on top.
While reading – a girl sits down at a table next to me.
She has an Apple iMac laptop with her, and tries to connect it to the wireless internet connection in the cafe. She is American. It’s not crazy busy in the Starbucks, but most tables are taken, and 2 minutes later a guy with a cup of coffee in his hand is searching for a place to sit.
“Oh you can sit over here” she kindly says to him.
He does just that. He turns out to be from Finland, he plays in a rockband, has just played a gig in New York and is now enjoying his day off in the city. (As you have figured by now – I was more observing than reading)
The girl (smartly!) asks him if he has any idea of how to connect to the internet with her Mac.
He tries his best, but can’t really help her.
To keep a long story short, they talk and talk and 10 minutes after their initial meeting they have exchanged phone numbers, they know each others grandfathers names (no they don’t I made that up), and agreed on a date later that evening.
Now, I have 3 questions for you on which I really would like to have your answer:
- Hello. How the heck did they do that this quickly?
- Do you believe in love at first sight?
I also ask this because the teacher I had for the rom-com course a while ago did. She had experienced sitting in her car meeting the eyes of a man – lightning stroke down and they got together. Of course they got divorced years after, but hey.
I personally don’t really believe that you can fall in love with just one look in someone’s eyes, but maybe you have experienced it? (this is all research you see)
- And last but not least, an important one: Do you think I should buy an Apple iMac? (Update as people don’t seem to get the intention of this question – to improve my chances of dating! Not because I need a new computer or anything!)
For the fans of Richard Curtis (if you don’t like his writing, like him for this): here is a piece of his brilliant script for that brilliant film. The art of dating.
After deciding if he was going to see her with or without tie (classic scene, and – of course with) Lawrence steps into the Italian restaurant to meet Gina.
Anyway, it’s very good to see you and…
(sits down – opening the menu)
My father, in fact, came from Italy originally.
I mean, you wouldn’t have known it if you met him.
He wasn’t dark or anything.
But he was born in the north of Italy somewhere…
and then the family moved on here
when his father died.
He was .
He ended up living with a very strange aunt called Zeppa…
in Dollis Hill.
Until he met my mom,
whose name was, of course, Myrtle.
And her father’s name was Horace.
Christ, they were an unlucky generation.
I can’t believe
I’ve already told you my grandfather’s name.
I’m not going to say a single word
for the rest of the meal.
From now on it’s you, you, you.
No, I’m the one who took the trouble to scrub up nicely.
You look just as bad as last time.
You have to do most of the talking.
Yes, I don’t really scrub up
no matter how hard I try.
The more I scrub,
the more you see the horror beneath.
From: The Girl In The Cafe – written by: Richard Curtis