A side order of weird


Last night at work, a customer called me “hot,” and he did it without a trace of irony or jest. I suppose I should take it as compliment, because it is a compliment. But he’s only 19. He’s literally half my age. He’s only five years older than my son. Technically speaking, I could have given birth to the guy. So instead of feeling flattered, all I could think was, “Ick!” I didn’t say it, naturally. Actually, I don’t remember what I said. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t “Ick.”

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About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

8 responses to “A side order of weird

  • Lori Tiron-Pandit

    I think I would have felt a little flattered. I haven’t got a compliment for such a long time. I would be grateful for anything coming from anybody. Is that pathetic?

  • Crystal Lynn

    Maybe he noticed you having a hotflash or something…..
    that is when I am at my most “hotness” now….

  • bunnygirl

    Good job! I wonder if it’s a trend with the young-uns or something? I got asked on a date by one of the university students while I was walking across campus a few months ago. He was serious and quite persistent, even after I pointed out I was married and twice his age. Go figure.

  • Joe Glasgow

    Take it as a compliment…even if it does give you the “ick” factor.

  • hoosiertoo

    Probably saw Cougar Club” on Skinemax and was hoping for an easy score – j/k!

    OTOH, I’ve been invisible to teenage girls for many years now, so a come-on would be nice. And deeply appreciated.

  • Robert

    I quite liked that picture! Brooding, dark, mysterious…

  • robinaltman

    Hey! In a sick, twisted, pedophilic sort of way, it’s a compliment! I even accept compliments from blind people these days. In fact, I hang around cataract clinics, hoping for a date.

  • Ing

    Definitely you should treat it as a compliment. Even if it comes with a side order of weird, at least the main course is hot. (Hey, it’s your analogy, not mine!) 🙂

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