The Eclectic Pen - Marcello's take on women in flip-flops: an email exchange


By: Boris T.   + 13 more  
Date Submitted: 4/28/2008
Last Updated: 4/28/2008
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Short Stories & Anthologies
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  From: Boris

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 9:15 AM

To: Marcello [RubiniM@gmail.com]

Subject: How did it go?

You sounded quite excited about meeting with Crystal this Saturday at the bistro. How did it go? Did you close the deal?




From: Marcello

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 1:15 PM

To: Boris [boris_trucco@hotmail.com]

Subject: How did it go?

I had to let her go.

Sent from my BlackBerry




From: Boris

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 1:27 PM

To: Marcello [RubiniM@gmail.com]

Subject: How did it go?

Why? I introduced her to you assuming that she'd be within your target range. Crystal strikes me as the kind of wild blonde. She's single, an accomplished graphic designer. Eager for fun. Did the date go wrong?




From: Marcello

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 2:13 PM

To: Boris [boris_trucco@hotmail.com]

Subject: How did it go?

It wasn't that Crystal's ambitions were out of sight. I can understand that. After all, she's in her late 20s.

It wasn't that Crystal's vocabulary was still on the make, somehow stuck at pre-college levels.

It wasn't that, in verbalizing her reaction to what's going on in the world, her choice of words overflows with "awesome," "remarkable" and "I'm like--"

It is that Crystal showed up at the bistro on a Saturday evening wearing flip flops.

Sent from my BlackBerry




From: Boris

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 2:15 PM

To: Marcello [RubiniM@gmail.com]

Subject: How did it go?

I don't know what to say, man.




From: Marcello

Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 2:33 PM

To: Boris [boris_trucco@hotmail.com]

Subject: How did it go?

I just don't get it. Women have the privilege of getting to choose from the most beautiful shoes available to them. Yet the best young women today can come up with are flip flops? For a date at a fancy bistro? WTF.

Sent from my BlackBerry


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Marta J. (booksnob) - 4/28/2008 4:26 PM ET
Funny!! You just never know what form the "deal-breaker" might take...
Sarah C. (aleya) - 4/28/2008 9:44 PM ET
I had not known that my dedication to plastic footwear was a turn-off. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving my dating life.
T O. (twosey) - - 4/30/2008 12:41 PM ET
Right ON!!!!
Claudia R. (BrokenWing) - 4/30/2008 9:32 PM ET
I like this technique illustrating the email exchanges with Marcello. The flip flops, in my opinion, are akin to a man showing up for a date at a fancy bistro dressed in a suit with tennis shoes. Flip flops are appropriate around the pool only. By choosing inappropriate footwear like flip flops, Krystal shows that she's not taking the date with Marcello seriously and doesn't care about the impression she makes. Demonstrates a lack of maturity in my opinion. I liked the following description of her vocabulary, which further demonstrates her lack of maturity. It wasn't that, in verbalizing her reaction to what's going on in the world, her choice of words overflows with "awesome," "remarkable" and "I'm like--"
Claudia R. (BrokenWing) - 4/30/2008 9:35 PM ET
Nice & brief and funny.
Jessica L. (NumbBunny) - 5/7/2008 5:03 PM ET
Laugh out loud funny!
Brigid G. (thequeenbgy) - 5/11/2008 10:48 AM ET
I'm giggling over this. I hear your pain and puzzlement, Boris! When puttering around at home, or running to the beach or the grocery store...flip flops are quite comfy. They are NOT date shoes though. You mention Crystal's age (late 20's). I have worked with teens (who are now in their 20's) for many years. There seems to be a total lack of understanding about social etiquette, graciousness, and how certain situations have different rules for how you are suppossed to dress! It appears that the parents of that generation have completely neglected this aspect of childrearing. T-shirts (not even "the good ones") are acceptable funeral wear, ripped jeans in a nicer eating establishment are NOT okay, belly-baring tank tops are not appropriate for a summer internship at a large company...even if they "go with the skirt!" Hence, your flip flop disapointment is really about chosing the wrong age group for you.
Eva L. (wearetrees) - 5/11/2008 4:43 PM ET
I personally think flip-flops, irrespective of gender, do not look good in any setting except at the beach house!! My pet peeve: flip-flops beneath long, ripped-bottomed jeans on a moist/foggy day! WTF indeed! Funny correspondence, thanks for sharing!
Jennifer F. - 5/22/2008 6:56 PM ET
"Flip-Flops" doesn't that just say it all?
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