I feel a little bit like I was part of the film “Legally Blonde” tonight. Remember how Elle said that a sorority sister of hers threw up on a guy on their first date, and they ended up engaged/married? (It was something very similar to that, anyway.) Well, tonight, meeting up with a guy for the first time (outside of just seeing one another at work, and Maybe exchanging a word or two), something in that same category went down. In a sense, anyway… you can judge for yourself, if you think it really is in the same category of events.
We met up to go look at these really cool buildings, with artwork all on the sides of them, done by this one particular artist. As we were finishing up, we decided to go get some food together. We settled on ramen, as it is kind of the go-to food in Japan, and I’m usually okay eating it. However, for whatever reason, this ramen decided to disagree with me more than usual. Much more than usual, in fact.
As I explained that my typical US diet was one that included veggies, fruits, seeds, and nuts almost exclusively, and no meat, fish, or grains, my new acquaintance started apologizing to me. ‘No, no… it’s okay. Really. I’m used to it.’
Except that it kept getting worse as we walked around the neighborhood, headed for the riverbank. When we reached the riverbank, I had to lie down on the ground, my stomach was is such a miserable state. After another minute or two, I suddenly changed my mind on the offer of a bathroom, and said that I needed one asap. Hurry, please! I thought, as I focused on breathing deeply, he continuously asked me if I was alright, and little pebbles (from my lying on the ground) shoved their ways lower and lower down my pant legs.
We finally made it to the grocery store. I told him to shop a while, we both chuckled, and I practically ran to the bathrooms. I tell you, I almost cried while in there, so bad was the pain in my stomach. I have no idea what was in that ramen, but it was one of the worst things I’ve had to eat since living here (in terms of effects on my body).
And, of course, I had to have this happen while spending time with this new guy. Good thing I’m not too big on looking good and first impressions being amazing or anything. This was just plain ridiculous. However, he had an amazing attitude about the whole thing. And that’s how it reminded me of Legally Blonde. Rather than push us apart, it felt as though my mini illness actually brought us together – we made it through the hardship together, you know?
Anyway, that’s that. And it might have even been a date (according to my Japanese girlfriends). 😛