Yesterday, I met up with some old college buddies for a mini-reunion near UCSD campus. Even though I was half an hour late, TGIF didn’t seat us until 5 minutes after my arrival. Yea! My fellow congregation thus had ample time to re-acquaint, sparing me the initial awkwardness that oft accompanies re-acquaintings. And a quick acquainting on my part with the available beers and spirits helped ward off any further potential discomforts.
In between rounds, David (Kim) recounted what was probably the most ridiculous prank we had ever pulled. The joke itself was rather straightforward: we wanted to see if we could convince Dina that he had a secret admirer. And since most of us were either dorming with him or living less than 20 seconds away, planting the evidence was pretty easy too. In retrospect, the hardest part was maintaining a straight face each time someone dropped off a note or walked in to mention offhandedly that “a girl was just here looking for you,” at which point, Dina would (without fail) poke his head out, trying to guess who she was, as the rest of us crowded around, egging him on and cheering.
This raucousness spanned several days with varied methods of attack. It may have been the staged online chat session that finally sealed the deal; in any case, Dina took the bait and arranged to meet the mystery girl. Unfortunately, we never thought it would get that far! Where were we going to get a mystery girl this late in the game? As luck would have it, when the big evening came around, unbeknownst to Dina as he groomed and bathed, a nearby suite of girls was hard at work make-overing his blushing date: the most selfless and daring comrade, David (Fu)!
What emerged from their enthusiasm is almost unspeakable… from a distance, it resembled a wobbling behemoth balanced on cheap high heels, too tall (Fu was the tallest amongst us) to easily wrap one’s arms around but still ripe with bouncy, lumpy curves (from a donated bra, a slinky dress, and… dear Lord, was it fruit?). From a distance, the mashup of makeup on an oddly familiar face was not immediate cause for concern: the upturn curve of red lips; demur eyes acast in shadow; and lovely bangs framing two powdered cheeks masked everything under a layer of femininity. Certainly, from a distance…
But up close, Dina actually leapt back in horror! Everyone turned around as he fell over a chair, scrambling back from the abomination. Of course, he eventually caught on; and, well… I’d say he was a pretty good sport about it. Once the initial shock wore off, he flirted right back, puckering up close for a kiss, until Fu finally ran away to reclaim the last vestiges of his dignity. We may even have a picture (or an entire reel) of it somewhere.