So now that I'm off the Jdate circuit, I'm back on the good old fashioned set up scene. The other day a friend asked me to stop by his apartment to meet a potential set up candidate. Actually, what he said was, "I have this really cute 27 year old in my apartment. Get your ass over here now!" Apparently this chick is the babysitter of his wife's friend's kid and there was some big play date fiesta going on at his place. I was running late for a previous engagement, but he lives nearby so I figured I'd do a quick pop in to say hello to this babysitter, and then let the "yentas that be" arrange any potential setup if there was any interest.
I popped in, said hi, and that was that. "Really cute" was a severe overstatement, but she was okay looking and marginally friendly. I would have gone out with her if she were into it, but she wasn't! Why?...Because I was "Too Ashkenaz and light skinned looking" for her. She's some kind of Persian Jewess and likes her men dark and, I don't know... more Persian looking. Who the hell knows?
This was definitely the first time I've been rejected for being "Too Ashkenaz." I understand that people have very specific tastes and looks that they're into, but I found the "too Ashkenaz and light skinned" thing sort of interesting. Did she look at me and see this?:
Or was it more of a George Jefferson/ Tom Willis thing, and she saw me as some pasty faced honkey, like this:
Admittedly, I was kind of relieved that she wasn't into it because a 27 year old babysitter isn't exactly my ideal woman, and at least I wouldn't be the one who'd catch shit from my friend for not giving it a chance.
I wish her luck finding her dark, handsome, Persian prince. As for me, maybe I'll have to hit the tanning salon or get one of those spray on tans so maybe I'll have a better chance with the next chick who likes her men less pigment challenged.