I was treated to a rare treat last night.
Again I couldn't sleep, so getting up several hours before I had to, I got dressed and walked next door to the diner to get some coffee.
I was sitting at the counter having my coffee and reading the paper when two college students came in and sat next to me. I didn't think anything of it until that began to talk and it was obvious that I was witness to a rare and splendorus event.
The rarely seen mating ritual of the North American Algorithniacomputeris Americanus, or the common college freshman geek.
The male was wearing Bermuda shorts, sandals, a checked button-down short sleeve shirt and the female, unlike other species, was as plain as her erstwhile suitor wearing as Joan Baez t-shirt and baggy jeans, her long mousy and un-washed hair was pulled back in the ever-present severe ponytail.
Algorithniacomputeris Americanus isn't known for it's hygiene either.
And so the mating ritual begins...
Male: "So, are you a freshman too?"
Male: "What's your major?"
Male: "Cool. I like Isaac Asimov too. I'm going to be an entomologist!"
And so it went on... After the ritualistic feast was consumed, the intricate dance was resumed and I listened with wonder.
Male: "So, if you were an insect, what kind would you be?"
Female: "I don't know, that's kind of hard to think of."
Male: "Ok. I hear there's a Star Trek convention coming to Charleston in November. Want to go with me?"
I could just imagine Marlin Perkins from that old TV show "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" doing a running voice-over commentary.
As fascinating as it was, it was also extremely painful too. I paid for my coffee an walked home and thought, "School only started Monday..."
The fascinating things one sees and hears living in a tiny college town in Southern West Virginia.
Copyright 2005 Thomas J Wolfenden