Who needs a gay chaperone?
That’s the question pick-up line I heard from the salivating youngster, approaching my companions at an extremely popular Chicago nightclub, The Crimson Lounge—full of poseurs and provacateurs and a team of forty-something women with matching dyed blond hair and black outfits and a real-life Planet of the Apes characters and mafia wanna-bees and MTV-looking nothings and a few people like us just out for fun. Very cool decor.
Do you use the same shampoo? was the real question he asked the two sisters, his excuse to be approach them. Supposedly, his goal was to see where they looked when they answered—each other or us or him. Whatever.
Is khaki a color or a fabric? The sisters perused this question from another buttoned-down boy, his entourage watching in the distance, waiting to pounce. The two sisters debated this as a serious question until I informed them he really didn’t care. He just needed a line–and I bet it was used often. Oh, yeah, right.
We left the technotronic sounds of Crimson Lounge, where the crowds felt like they were waiting…watching…in anticipation of….some B list or A list actor or musicians to sit behind the cheesy red ropes one step up from the main floor as an exhibit for all to watch. Cliche, so the masses could wonder How did they eat? What did they drink? Who would they allow to cross the ropes?
The next club it was I’m from NY; this is my first visit to Chicago. I was told. That was later replaced by “Where are you from? No one says where they are really from. I was really raised in Spain, and now I live in Chicago” this said after conferring with his friend, who readily agreed to this truth. Ahhh—where is the accent, my Spanish dreamer but decent partner, old-school dancer? I told him before he disappeared into the night that he should start with that line, not end with it.
And his friend, the purported overweight Yoga instructor. Yeah, right.
You’re sisters? We’re brothers ! We were told much, much later by two very similar looking, chiseled cheek lads still alone shortly before three am. Maybe the only truth in the night, since they clearly resembled each other.
I forgot there are no night truths as the night fades to black, the speakers silence, the hunters and the hunted united in arms and beds, a few like us still with our evening posses, bodies exhausted from non-stop dancing, ears ringing, totally fun from start to finish.
What is the best or worst pick up line in YOUR past? Mine has to be on a college set dance set-up date “Do you like to fish?” I certainly wish I had my gay chaperone that evening, spent trying to ditch a drunk fool who followed me into the bathroom. But that’s another story. C