“Until I was thirty, I only dated boys, as far as I can tell. I’ll tell you why. Men scared the shit out of me.
Men know what they want. Men make concrete plans. Men own alarm clocks. Men sleep on a mattress that isn’t on the floor. Men tip generously. Men buy shampoo instead of adding water to a nearly empty bottle of shampoo. Men go to the dentist. Men make reservations. Men go in for a kiss without giving you some long preamble about how they’re thinking of kissing you. Men wear clothes that have never been worn by anyone else before. (Okay, maybe men aren’t exactly like this. This is what I’ve cobbled together from the handful of men I know or know of, ranging from Heathcliff Huxtable to Theodore Roosevelt to my dad.) Men know what they want and they don’t let you in on their inner monologue, and that is scary.
Because what I was used to is boys.
Boys are adorable. Boys trail off their sentences in an appealing way. Boys bring a knapsack to work. Boys get haircuts from their roommate, who ‘totally knows how to cut hair.’ Boys can pack up their whole life in a duffel bag and move to Brooklyn for a gig if they need to. Boys have ‘gigs.’ Boys are broke. And when they do have money, they spend it on a trip to Colorado to see a music festival. Boys don’t know how to adjust their conversation when they’re talking to their friends or to your parents. They put parents on the same level as their peers and they roll their eyes when your dad makes a terrible pun. Boys let your parents pay for dinner when you all go out. It’s assumed.
Boys are wonderful in a lot of ways. They make amazing, memorable, homemade gifts. They’re impulsive. Boys can talk for hours with you in a diner at three in the morning because they don’t have to work regular hours. But they suck to date when you turn thirty.”
– Mindy Kaling, Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Hi, My Name Is Kendall.
My Loves:My Canon AE-1 film camera.
Used book stores.
Cherry limeades from Sonic.
Listening:Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man
The xx, Coexist
Usher, Looking 4 Myself
Reading:Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
Watching:Dexter, Season 7
How I Met Your Mother, Season 8
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24 Before 251. Take the GRE
Read every Harry Potter book
3. Rendezvous with my parents in Scotland
4. Write a good short story
5. Go to the ballet
6. Blog re-design
Go to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
8. Start running again
Get published on Thought Catalog
10. Learn Italian
Take a train journey
Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Get a tattoo
Hike Mt. Si
15. Buy a piece of clothing in Italy
16. Classic movie marathon
See a concert somewhere in Europe
18. Croatian vacation
19. Write one poem a day for one month
20. Sew a dress
21. Drive a car in the U.K.
22. Visit Stockholm while it’s snowing
Learn how to French braid
24. Make music