Monday, February 27, 2006

I remember being propositioned...

At the time, I lived in an apartment building right in the downtown core of Vancouver. It must have been 10:30 or 11 at night, when I was walking home from a friend's place, dressed in ugly grey sweatpants and a t-shirt, real casual. I was tired and a bit cranky, don't remember why.

As I stood on the corner waiting for the light to change so I could cross the street and go home, a car drove by sloooowwwwlllly. The window lowered, and the man inside called out. "How much?" I couldn't believe what I was hearing! I get that a woman standing by herself at dark in the downtown core is probably "working", but in the area I was in, the girls dressed UP, wore furs, expensive boots, mile-thick make-up. I was in sweatpants and sneakers, for goodness sake! My hair was unkempt, I had no make-up on, and I was CRANKY!!!

"Buddy, you have GOT to be kidding. If I was actually working this street, which I'm not, you would not be able to afford me."

The window rolled back up and the car drove off as the light changed. I shook my head and crossed the street. I mean, I was in sweatpants! Sheesh.

5 comments:

Spoke said...

I remember you had a job doing home care. One day you stood at the bus stop on Hastings at Victoria in the AM rush hour and you got propositioned then too. You were in blue sweats, red bandhana headband with a frumpy shoulder bag. No way you looked like you were "working". ( although it works for me ;-o

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Kim said...

Heheh...sorry, not funny, that would be uncomfortable. Don't hookers have signs that they are on the job in Van? I mean, in SF, if you are leaning against a wall and have one foot propped up against it or are sitting on a fire hydrent, you are considered 'working'. Maybe these guys are new at the whole 'hooker' thing....they drive by a part of town that they think will have them, when they see a beautiful girl they just assume...I'm glad that it's never happened to me, poor Paula.

canadiangirl said...

oh fright!!!! that wld have been... um... freaky..... yech

Corn Child said...

Oh man! No way! That's hilarious. LOL! Is wearing sweatpants what it takes to get propositioned? Because I should have been SO many more times than I have been, which is exactly zero.