Thursday, March 11, 2004
I think I might be coming down with something
It's just a little sniffle, but it seems like more since winter looked to be over last week. But, instead, there's a smattering of new snow on the ground, with more supposedly on the way and it's cold again. And my nose is running, just a little, but it's constant, so I was sniffling and blowing all day yesterday and today.
Carter and I went on a double date with Kate and Dennis. Carter was pretty bored when we went to the comic shop first, but it's practically across the street from the Brattle and we had a little time to kill. Both Dennis and I had big deliveries in our subscription folders; it was kind of funny to see which ones we had in common. I joked that if he and Kate stayed together, I could start saving some money by just borrowing his stuff. We geeked out for a bit, and I almost "blew my cover" at one point, when I grabbed the first issue of the new "She-Hulk" series off the shelf. He said something about how you'd think companies would try to do more comics with a female protagonist to try and get girls into the shop, and I distractedly said I'd liked Shulkie before, when I stumbled across some back-issues in college. Carter asked me "before what", while Kate said she thought I'd said I hadn't gone to college.
I was able to cover; I said that I'd sort of collected comics twice, the first time a few years ago when I was a teenager and my boyfriend was a freshman in college; I said I'd been visiting this imaginary boyfriend on the trip to the comic shop in question, and that I'd spent enough weekends with him in the year after "I" graduated high school that I referred to it as my year in college. Of course, there were more pauses and stammers as I tried to make all this up on the fly.
One of the comics I don't subscribe to but picked up off the shelf was the latest issue of "H-E-R-O", the finale of the story where a guy turns into a busty female superhero. Not as much fun as the first part, but better than the second, or at least that was my verdict after I read it at Carter's place after the movie while he was in the shower. He asked me how it ended, and I told him it was a total deus ex machina - his girlfriend just happens to find the device which changed him a couple days later. He snorts and says that would never happen in real life, and I look at the calendar and have to agree. Besides, he says, a guy would have to be gay or something to not have it drive him nuts.
It hurts my pride to think of it that way - not even the girlfriends with whom it ended badly would take that position - although I also sort of smugly think that you do go nuts but eventually get over it. I was going to argue with him about it, and actually did say something which he didn't hear at first, but it just didn't seem worth the hassle when he came over and asked what I'd said. The comment's sort of getting under my skin now, though.. I mean, I know he can't know how hurtful that sort of thing is to me, specifically, but it seems like sort of a sexist thing to say, that being a woman is inferior or a punishment or something. It makes me want to tell him the truth, but I think it might be too late; I don't know if I could stand him being disgusted by me now that we've gotten so close.
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