Independence Road trip - Tales from the road #2.
Published on July 8th, 2011 @ 07:52:00 am , using 440 words, 2056 views
This one's about first impressions and the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover."
We were at a pub in the early night, and I noticed a girl. She was fairly pretty, with an "alt" look - and happened to have some very nice tattoos, including one with an element very similar to an element in one of mine. Since both of us have tattoos, and Lizz's look is generally pretty "alt" - we both consider that attractive/a good thing.
So, on first impression/judge a book by its cover, I figured this girl would be very nice and friendly and cool. She was with a few male friends/new acquaintances, so I figured I'd wait for an opening, and then ask her about the tattoo, since again, it had an element similar to one of mine - and it's not an overly common tattoo element.
Over the course of the night, while watching/waiting for said opening, I realized I'd violated the "don't judge a book by its cover" adage - in the opposite way it was meant.
Usually, that adage is trying to get you to judge someone in a negative light just based on appearance/first impression. But in this case, I'd assumed someone would be nice and friendly, based on her appearance and first impression.
From listening to her conversation, I heard her brag of using her look to mooch free drinks off guys, and then just ignore them. All the while she was detailing her exploits, mind you, talking to two male companions, she was using a flirty tone and body language with them, as if she was so sure of herself and her ability to wrest drinks from any male, that even though she was telling them what she did, she expected them to fall for it as well.
Luckily it seemed the guys were having none of it, one of them even basically asking if she put out, her saying "Never! I don't have to!" - and the two guys sharing a knowing look as if to say "Yeah, right... suuuuuure you don't."
I never got my opening, nor did I care, after learning her true nature.
I'm sad that what was probably originally some very meaningful tattoos are now just part of a "free drink magnet" look. I wonder what happens to a person that causes that. She has a lot of very detailed, high quality all-black tattoo work, none of which is flash or even common symbols/designs. It must have been meaningful to her when she got it.
Don't judge a book by its cover, or a person by how they look. You could be wrong either way.