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Mark Atwood
Mark's Stories. A narrow escape...
Today's story is not about me, it's about a guy I knew from college.

Back when, he was your typical shy geek. He liked girls, a lot. But didn't have the confidence, nor the "signalling", and they didn't like him.

He went to work in Silicon Valley just before the dot.com boom. And he hit the options lottery in a successful startup. He hit it out of the park, so to speak. Fully post-economic. Probably 8 digits post-economic.

Suddenly, when before he couldn't get a girl to look at him without sneering, now girls, often the same girls, were coming out of the woodwork to be with him. And it wasn't because he was any better looking, either.

Fortunately for him, he saw what was happening, and didn't get caught by a gold digger. He left Silicon Valley, moved to a flyover state, bought a nice snug little condo, starting going by his middle name, and tells people that he "consults". He tells nobody there how well off he is.

Wise man.

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dcseain From: dcseain Date: February 7th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wise, indeed.
memegarden From: memegarden Date: February 7th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your implied message is that they were duddenly interested in him because he was rich. That's certainly a possibility, and I don't deny it. It's also possible that hitting it rich did something for him that made him act different--confidence can make all the difference in whether someone's attractive.
ruth_lawrence From: ruth_lawrence Date: February 8th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
It could be that he was yearning after very shallow, plastic 'girls'.

My straight brother does -what they are is very obvious to our gay brother and to me- and he can't find a partner (only long term older women, who don't seem like 'real' partners to him).

I could be wrong, but I've seen this fairly often.

And people suck, sometimes, they really do.
From: neocuriosity Date: February 10th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a shame that women can't turn off their figures so they can find out who's really into their personality.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 15th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
They can. It's called "dressing down". Wear something loose-fit, dont apply any makeup, and dont "do" one's hair.
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