Sometimes, an eavesdropping opportunity comes along that you couldn't have designed better if you'd tried. When I went to catch my bus today, it was drizzling, so I ducked into the bus stop shelter. Just outside, on a bench, was an arguing couple. Not so shockingly, they had some serious issues. But miracle of miracles, they weren't shy about expressing their opinions. What I overheard was this . . .
Woman: "I'm in school, I got my own shit. I'm doin' just fine. I take care of myself, I pay my own motherfucking bills!"
Man: "But I still want you."
Man: "Cuz I LOVE you!"
Woman: "At least you ain't gotta deal with my mama no more. All that fussin'."
Man: "Can't you just listen to me? Just listen. I seen you out on Nicollet with a nigga who looked like he wanted to find another nigga to pay you! You puttin' it all out there, and you 53 years old!"
Woman: "An you LOUD! You ain't think everybody just heard that?!"
Cut to me, trying so hard to look disinterested and itching for a notebook so badly that my hands were shaking. Because yes, you ARE loud, and everybody DID hear that, and now even more people can enjoy it.