This article has been written as part of the “Most Important Word in the World” series; a collaborative project to inspire people to step outside their comfort zones and find adventure and friendship. Other contributors to the series are: Wandering Earl, 1 Year Sabbatical, Nomadtopia, the Dropout Diaries, Disrupting the Rabblement, Beyond Norms, and A World of Inspiration.
Around midnight in downtown Minneapolis, I was heading home after a long night of hanging out with friends. I was standing at a crosswalk when two gorgeous women stood next to me and waited with me for the light to change. I smiled and they smiled back. And then I gave a short hello to which they reciprocated. I didn’t realize at the time that this hello would be the start of a unique adventure for me.
Their mannerisms were odd and their bodily movements flighty. They didn’t seem drunk or on drugs, more like they were having a caffeine rush. They started to ask me weird questions such as, “Are you Chester the Molester?”. I didn’t know how to react other than to say no. Eventually the light changed. I figured that I’d walk across the street with them, our paths would diverge and they would take their baffling behavior with them. But that didn’t happen.
Drunks Can Be Troublesome
Soon after we had crossed the street, a group of about five drunk men started to call out to them. They asked the two flighty women if they were prostitutes. Admittedly, the women were provocatively dressed, but in no other way were they coming across as prostitutes. After a few more outbursts, the women naturally told them to go to hell.
Things would have ended there but one of these men had become angry with the women and shoved one of them causing her to fall. It started to get out of control; the situation was getting serious. By this point I had walked slightly further up the street. I knew I faced two options: go back and help or keep going forward. I knew I had to go back.
With no time to waste, I analyzed the drunks quickly. The trouble was principally coming from one of them. The others seemed timid and unsettled by his actions. If I could just get him to back off, the rest would follow.
I walked up to the two women, put my hands on their shoulders and in a confident firm tone announced to the men that they were with me. The lead man was taken aback at first and initially didn’t know what to say. He finally composed himself and scrounged up another verbal attack on the women. I told the girls to ignore him and walk with me away from the scene.
Both girls started walking with me. Each one linked arms with me on either side. As I expected, the ringleader of that group backed down. Other than a couple of shouts emanating from his general direction, they left us alone.
Making New Friends – Flighty Behavior Explained
The two women turned out to be very nice. Their behavior that seemed so bafflingly earlier started to become clear. They were just out for a good time and having a lot of fun. It was just their personality to be a little over-the-top.
I told them that I would walk with them to wherever they were going just in case those guys came back. One of the women called her boyfriend who happened to be a police officer to come and pick them up. In the meantime they said I could walk them to their workplace just down the street.
They pointed in the general direction of a strip club. Now, I don’t know that they were strippers or if that was indeed the workplace they were pointing to, but they were beautiful enough and dressed provocatively enough to have been.
The girl without the policeman-boyfriend started asking me a lot of questions. I could tell that she really liked how I came to their rescue. She seemed to want to get to know me better and even asked what I was doing later. The thought of hanging out with her after this and seeing where things would go was filling my mind. However, it wasn’t meant to be. Shortly, the policeman-boyfriend showed up and scooped up both of them before I could arrange a meeting.
But it’s just as well. I still had a short adventure with them that makes me feel good to this day. I had the courage to face down five guys and save two women from unnecessary violence. It’s good in another way too. One month later, I would meet my future wife. That meeting also started with a hello.
photo credit: chrisinplymouth