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In Which Our Hero Almost Gets Into a Fistfight [Sep. 30th, 2010|11:16 pm]
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Many of your were following along on Twitter while this unfolded -- here's the expanded version ....

Yesterday we had a pair of tickets to the final dress rehearsal of the Philadelphia Opera Company's production of Verdi's Otello but trillian_stars had rehearsal herself for the Iliad which opens October 1, so I went with my friend Colin.

The show was lovely, Mark Delavan, who played Iago had injured his knee earlier and performed the whole thing in a wheelchair & this blog post probably would have been about the show were it not for The Weird Thing That Happened After.

We went out to one of my favorite bars, XIX, high atop the Bellvue hotel in Center City and sat down at a table. Right next to us, about a foot and a half away was another table where a non descript 40something couple were having drinks. Colin asked something about the reception on my iPhone and I said I'd never been able to get the signal strength to go down with the "death grip", so I pulled the case off of it and we tried to make the signal go down by holding it in various ways -- we were engaged in this scientific endeavor while waiting for our drinks when the woman next to us said:

"Excuse me, do you have glitter on your phone?"

"Why yes I do!" I said, handing her the case - which, as you know is the most awesome cell phone case ever made. (You can see it here in this photo by Rachel McCaulley.)

"You have Hello Kitty on your phone," she said, turning it over in her hand.

"When there are five iPhones on the table," I replied, "I never pick up the wrong one." I have this conversation so often that at this point it's kind of like a chess opening you've memorized. Her next line is supposed to be "This is so freaking awesome!" but she deviated from the script.

"You've got a @#$%ing problem." She said -- not in the funny way, but in the angry way and things changed a little, like got weird. I could tell that she was really offended by my phone.

She got extremely agitated very quickly and then leaned over to her date and said, "Aren't you going to do something about this?"

At this point trillian_stars arrived and we started talking about the show, but I had one wandering eye watching the action next to us -- the angry woman wouldn't let it go. She goaded her date to "kick [my] ass" and eventually he said "Dorothy, I'm not going to hit someone because you don't like his telephone."

She banged her drink down and grunted "If you can't fight Mr Hello Kittyphone maybe you shouldn't be dating me," and stalked off.

He got up and followed her out and that was that.


Looking back at my Twitter feed, the whole thing from first comment to her boiling over like an unwatched kettle took 32 minutes. It must be very stressful to live like that.



Here's a shot of the Academy of Music, taken with my awesome phone.








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[User Picture]From: ldygrinningsoul
2010-10-01 11:43 pm (UTC)

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Haha, buy that guy a drink.
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2010-10-06 12:29 am (UTC)

heh!

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I was *just* about to comment: "Had I been there, I might well have been possessed of faustian_wish and been unable to suppress some wry comment that would have sent her OVER THE EDGE.

hehehehehe!
[User Picture]From: saturn_grrrl
2010-10-02 02:04 am (UTC)

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OMG. Her head would have exploded if she had saw my husband with our Hello Kitty checkbook.
[User Picture]From: segue
2010-10-02 02:43 am (UTC)

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That's really bizarre. Was she 'hot'? Maybe she's a dom (it's no doubt she's the alpha).
[User Picture]From: hoppytoad79
2010-10-02 03:56 am (UTC)

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She got extremely agitated very quickly and then leaned over to her date and said, "Aren't you going to do something about this?"

O_o Umm....yeah. Right. Because if you're a guy, having a Hello Kitty case on your iPhone is an offense against manhood that merits being beaten down and cannot be allowed to go unpunished. Or something like that. I've known men who'd take a Hello Kitty case like that, but a woman? That's just...wow.
[User Picture]From: carvinkeeper12
2010-10-02 04:09 am (UTC)

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My boyfriend recently got a Hello Kitty debit card. The first thing I said when I saw it the other day was "That is AMAZING!"

Though he seems to get similar reactions to this odd woman's, because when he used it at the movies and the cashier said she loved it he said "Yeah, you and I are the only ones.."
[User Picture]From: sicksadie
2010-10-02 08:07 am (UTC)

BAAAHAHAHAHAHA

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that bitch has issues.
I knew a student teacher like that...pretty cool to hang around with but would go ice cold for no reason over the weirdest things...
[User Picture]From: wolfsilveroak
2010-10-02 06:52 pm (UTC)

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Woooowwww....

All that because she didn't like your phone?

She has... issues, to say the least.
[User Picture]From: xavienne
2010-10-02 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Oh my, she's nucking futz! With any luck the guy will realize that if the woman threatens to dump you because you won't beat someone who's phone she dislikes, that's a good sign to dump her first!
[User Picture]From: alumiere
2010-10-04 10:34 am (UTC)

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I'm glad crazy lady's date didn't start a fight. Also, were I him, the whole suggestion that perhaps he shouldn't be dating her sounds good - for him; anyone who gets that aggro over your phone should be left alone until she (or he) learns how to act like a grown up.
[User Picture]From: haleyluna
2010-10-04 03:46 pm (UTC)

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haahaha. that's awesome.
[User Picture]From: photozenic
2010-10-04 11:18 pm (UTC)

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that bitch is a hat-full of crazy. I hope the guy has the sense to see the blatantly obvious truth.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-06 12:33 am (UTC)

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It was Christine Flowers wasn't it?
[User Picture]From: wyera
2012-06-11 02:52 am (UTC)

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The Man says he agrees with your reasoning and that it was one of the reasons he carried a pink zippo for ages.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-06-11 03:44 am (UTC)

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Hey friend! Good to hear from you!
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