Monday, January 4, 2010

A Puzzling Question

So, I have been wondering about a weird phenomenon in my life... that is, I have found myself somewhat smitten with someone I don't even find attractive.

It all started this summer when my mom wanted me to accompany her to a little glassblowing workshop downtown. We went in for a demonstration, and standing there in front of us was this totally cool guy... he was covered in dirt and sweat, wore protective sunglasses, and had a bandanna around his neck. Instantly I thought he was kind of cute, even though I couldn't even see his face. Later, when he was done making his vase or art or whatever, and when the glasses and the gloves came off, I realized that he was not that good looking by my standard, the general public's standard or even the Roman rule of golden proportion. He was slightly chubby, had a little under bite, and had a short beard that covered his very full face. In real life, I would not have had a second thought about him, but I think that my interest in him may have come from the fact that he has this really rare and unique talent. I don't know, I can't really explain it.

Well doing some research, I have heard countless stories from friends about this. My best friend has this thing for a guy with a blond ponytail she sees around campus. She doesn't know him, doesn't see him too often, and sometimes finds herself searching for him, and instead she sees a sea of girls with ponytails. This could be bad. Oh well. Maybe I'll never quite figure it out, maybe none of us will. Even celebrities go through this! I have come up with a little list of clearly odd couples... check it out.

padma lakshmi & salman rushdie
She, a beautiful model/tv show host/author who has also appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, married a man twenty-three years her senior. He, a British Indian novelist and essayist, knighted by the Queen herself had previously been married (three times over).

karen elson & jack white

celine dion & rene angelilA twenty-seven year age difference hasn't phased the couple at all over the past sixteen years of their marriage. The two are fiercely devoted to each other and their son.

evan rachel wood & marilyn manson
The pair began dating in 2007, and as of early this January, are officially engaged! These two are nineteen years apart, and their relationship has been reported as the reason for the split between he and wife, Dita Von Teese. Evan Rachel Wood says she was initially attracted to his black eye makeup... I'm pretty positive I could never date anyone who wears more makeup than I do...

kate hudson & chris robinsonWhat I want to say about this couple could be slightly offensive and inappropriate. So I will stay quiet.

julia roberts & lyle lovettThere are no words. Was Julia going through a country music phase or did she just get abducted by Aggies (of Texas A&M)...

After scrutinizing each of these women for their taste in men, and after reflecting on my own predicament I have come to this conclusion: looks do not always matter. It should have been so simple! I have heard this little tidbit my whole life! And while yes, good looks are a plus, they are not everything. Each of these men are unique, funny, talented, and creative. They are educated and successful and most importantly, can give each of these women what they need. They are sexy in their own way. I know I needed to have this little wake up call. I have completely changed my mind about some things today. Thank God for that.

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