The only good thing about The Hubby being out of town is that I don't have to shave my legs or really care about how I look. This morning, I threw on an old Star Wars t-shirt that my husband bought for himself, a little bit of makeup, and didn't bother doing anything to my hair before heading out to do the bi-weekly grocery shopping.
I was in line at Costco, buying milk and jeans, when I noticed one of the guys who works there checking me out. He was about my age, pretty good-looking--probably what you'd call a Dad-type. Now, I don't normally notice when guys check me out (I'm kind of oblivious that way), so you know that this was super-obvious. I thought maybe there was something on my face or I had sucker stuck in my hair. It wasn't until I stepped up to the cashier and he started arranging my items that I figured out what was going on.
Guy: That's an awesome shirt.
Me (looking down, having forgot what I was wearing): Oh, yeah. Thanks. It's got holes in it, but it's really comfortable.
Guy: I'm a HUGE fan, or at least I was up until Lucas started putting out the new episodes.
Me: Oh....did you buy the blu-rays?
Guy: Not yet. Did you??
Me: Uh, no. Maybe for Christmas.
The Kid: We were Star Wars for Halloween last year!
Me: Oh, yeah, I was Princess Leia--
Guy: Oh yeah?
The Kid: And I was Jengo Fett!
Me: And my husband was Boba Fett
At this point another guy comes up and puts the first guy in a buddy headlock and they start talking more and more about Star Wars. I smile and nod, because honestly I have no idea what the heck they're talking about. I finally politely excused myself and make a break for the door.
The guy didn't even put my stuff in a box, damn it.
At the next store, I started paying attention and I definitely noticed similar "how YOU doin'?" looks coming from several other men aged 25-40. It turns out that wearing a Star Wars shirt is a TOTAL dude magnet. Who knew? And for those of you who think that I was still probably looking pretty hot, I offer this piece of photographic evidence:
Anyway, that's my big tip on how to attract a (possibly nerdy) man: get yourself a Star Wars t-shirt. But make sure it's an old-school Star Wars t-shirt, and not one from Episode One or something. Apparently that's bad. I wouldn't know. I've seen the whole series exactly once, and I fell asleep during each one of the movies...but the shirt is super-comfy.
* OK, he got called to Canada. I say "out of the country" so that I can sound like one of those women whose husband has a high-powered, globe trotting career.