Some people told me: “nice costume.” Others asked what party I was going to. Still others just looked at me blankly and said “what are you supposed to be?” And a few others still asked for my number.
It would have been flattering if they would just take no for an answer but I find people who ask you for your number on the bus rarely do take no calmly.
They want to know why they cannot have your number; they ask if you have a boyfriend; they assure you that they think it is ‘super cool’ that you’re in law school. (You can see the desire for free legal advice dancing in their eyes.) And inevitably, when your no remains no, they accuse you of playing hard to get.
But it occurred to me I could fix this problem if I looked less nice and more scary. So I did my best to do just that.
Either it worked or people felt too cold to bother me. In either case, I felt cool so that’s really what matters.