“BAGHDAD â€” It goes like this: Boy meets girl. They exchange glances and text messages, the limit of respectable courting here. Then boy asks girlâ€™s father for her hand. Dad turns him down. Boy goes to girlâ€™s house and plants a bomb out front.”
So goes the opening lines of a recent New York Times Article that focuses on the increasing trend of spurned lovers/suitors turning to I.E.D.’s, or “improvised explosive devices” to vent over being turned down by a chick. Apparently some Iraqi guys just figure that they will blow you and your family up if they can’t have a chance. According to the report, over 6 bombs have exploded in the city in the past year and with a good surplus of single men that all have militia training and some anger issues (never-ending war will do that to you), they fear that these cases will be on the rise.
Reading this made me remember an experience that I am sure many women have endured. In my early-early twenties I was still chasing the townhouse-husband-luxury sedan dream (my how we change), living in DC and doing the nightclub thing. During one after-the-club-is-the-parking-lot session, I was approached by a job that most women would consider “looks good on paper”, ie. good job, nice clothes, nice teeth….but his personality was a no-go for me. Never one to embarrass, I simply told him that I thought he was great but I wasn’t interested in dating. He pressed on, I repeated myself. He pressed again, his boy was ready to go so I said goodnight to them both and turned to walk away. I’m 2 steps away from the whip when I hear “I’m just too much for that dumb bitch.” Wow. A minute ago you were ready to give me a ring and now I’m justÂ a dumb bitch? Oh I REALLY like you now.
While i’m sure that this guy probably wasn’t gonna try to stalk and then plant a bomb in front of my door, there are plenty of men, and women who don’t handle rejection well. Is the trick in the “let-down”? Or does a hard “no” just add fuel to the fire? What’s the worst/best let down you’ve ever given? I’m sure you’ve learned from your adventures in datingâ€”until then let’s pray for the girls of Iraq and their jilted suitors.
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