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audreyFunny how a recent chance encounter with a good looking stranger added a newly found spring to my step.

While having dinner in a small Tribeca restaurant, a handsome Nordic man sat down with his wife at the adjacent table.  It’s very natural to glance over to see who’s sitting down next to you, especially in NYC, where the tables are pretty close together.  For a brief moment, our eyes locked as he took his seat. I noticed his eyes were a brilliant robin’s egg blue, his nose chiseled and his blonde hair was turning silver.  Throughout dinner, I saw him glancing at me, as I did at him, even as we both maintained conversations with our dinner partners.  I did consider winking at him during dinner, just to be silly, but I restrained myself, deciding that my husband would not find it even remotely amusing.

As we got up to leave, Mr. Unknown looked up at me directly, smiled knowingly and nodded his head towards me in what seemed like an acknowledgement of our silent little flirtation.

Let me just say it was the nicest smile I’ve gotten from a stranger in a long time.  It prompted a silly grin from me in return.

‘nuf said.


Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.

One Comment

  • Judi Wallner says:

    Love this….and almost cried with your last one..sunrise, sunset…how very true!

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