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I am staying at the best hotel in the WOOOOOOORRRRRLLLLLD as I work through the Great Stack.

First, you should understand that I have not one roommate, but two; the woman assigned to my room is seven months pregnant.  She is a people person, which is actually good, because otherwise after eight hours of "This play is about Hamlet and his girlfriend, Othello" I would otherwise squinch up in a very small ball indeed for about fourteen hours.

We went to the pool the other night, which I normally do not enjoy, because there are certain issues of cellulite and my extreme dislike of displaying it.  So I backed out of the water as I finished my swim, lower-body wrap immediately in place, and I was, I was-- are you ready?--I was hit on by the lifeguard, who was not one second over eighteen.

Here's his line, okay: "I hope the water is cool.  I wish they'd let us take our shirts off when we work."

I didn't quite know what to say to that, other than, "Please do not look at my butt," so I was all, "...That... sucks?"  Because I was out of practice where that sort of thing is concerned, and was ringless for the swim, and also pretty much do not care, particularly, about being picked up these days.

This made me feel very lovely about myself, and I strutted back down the pool to my pregnant roommate.  "I saw that," she said.  And I turned around to put my sandals on, and I also saw... the lifeguard engaged in equally intent conversation with the sixty-year-old man whose beer belly was squished up against the pool ladder.

Maybe he strutted, too.

take it when you can get it at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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No matter how old the kid was, it's always an ego booster to be flirted with!!
Good luck with the rest of the stack!

June 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

My 17-year-old self was outraged when men would honk or whistle at me while out running. My 27-year-old self wants to high-five them and send them thank you notes. Heck, I want to hug people that call me "miss" instead of "ma'am."
Enjoy the moment, MB!

June 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEm the Reader

MB - I am all about taking the ego boost when you can get it! I am so out of practice that the last time it happened, I didn't even realize I was being hit on until one of my girlfriends said, "Hey - he was just hitting on you!" I, being (what I thought was) rather obviously postpartum and most definitely in the throes of mommy-brain at the time, was clueless.... However, thanks to my good friend, I got a little after-the-fact ego boost - and a good laugh, to boot!

Totally off topic - does anyone else have a tiny little smiley in the outer margin of the screen - to the right of "blogroll" in the grey area? If not, my IT-guy (aka spouse) has some investigatin' to do.

Have a good one!

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Southerner

AS, your friendly author has the smiley face herself. I have no idea what it is, so if your Official IT Guy can clue us in, any info would be welcome!

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

re the little smiley face - I see it when using Mozilla Firefox but not in IE7. Welcome home MB! We've missed you while you were with The Great Stack.

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHunter House Mom

My smiley face is beautifully centered. Have fun with the Stack!

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I am smiley-face deficient and feeling rather left out. On the brighter side, way to go MB for getting hit on by the hotel lifeguard! I could so use the ego boost right now!

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemmingAZ

I have some info about the smiley. Apparently, it is a bit of programmer/geek humor. It doesn't show up when I view the page with internet explorer (v 7.0), but does show up when I use firefox (v 2.0). It may even be version-specific, according to my geek-in-residence. The best news of all - it's not just my imagination :)

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Southerner

RE: Cellulite, display thereof.
If you ever want a reality check on whether or not you should wear a bathing costume of any kind, please visit your nearest waterpark. There you will view 250 lb grandmothers in two piece swimsuits, which will quickly rid you of any notion that your butt is as big as you think it is. No one is going to notice with that kind of competition.

June 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

Woo Hoo! Way to go MB! Eighteen year old lifeguards wishing they could take off their shirts... Sigh!!!! As I'm feeling the effects of turning 50 very, very soon, I'm giddy when I get any type of compliment and tell *everyone!* You go, girl. Consider it your reward in this life for not burning The Stack of "... and her boyfriend Othello...."despite provocation. ;-)

No little smiley face no matter which browser I use. My IT guy/'geek/husband must have the firewall absolutely *nailed* shut! Since you always make me smile anyway, I'll just imagine it's there. :-)

June 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCA Sailing Lady

You gotta give the guy one thing, though: he clearly has taste.

Apparently, we aren't going crazy...and apparently it's a phenomenon throughout the blog world.

Check out this blog post - you can even see a picture of the odd little fella.

June 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCollegeGal

I just noticed that I DO have a little smiley! It's at the very center, at the very bottom of the page!!!!! YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!! I'm in the "in crowd" now. And I'm on IE, which is interesting since others had said they didn't have it when they were on IE.

Just thought I'd share.

June 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemmingAZ
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