Date with a Greek student


This is a photo of me and my dog, Lani, standing in front of my apartment building in New York.  (1974)


When I lived in New York City (1970-1975), I met a Greek man while walking my dog on the Columbia University campus.  He invited me to dinner at a Greek restaurant nearby.

I remember eating stuffed grape leaves, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce.  It was a nice Greek salad.  He also ordered two glasses of Greek wine.  I took a sip and immediately grimaced.  It was oily and tasted awful.

The conversation focused on his Ph.D dissertation.  He complained that the faculty at Columbia kept rejecting his dissertation despite much editing.  All he wanted was to graduate with his doctorate in philosophy and move on.  I think his ultimate objective was to become a college professor.  The poor guy.  I felt sorry for him, because as long as he was a student, he would have to pay tuition, which was costly.  He was from Greece, and I had the impression that the Greek government was helping him financially.

He was older than me, well into his thirties, and I was in my mid-twenties.  He always seemed to be dressed in a suit, never looking like a student, but always looking like a professor.

Anyway, I wasn’t physically attracted to him, because he was so swarthy.  Black hair, bushy black eyebrows, and though he didn’t have a beard, he seemed so hairy.  Hair in his ears and nose.  No sex appeal.

So, another relationship bit the dust.  Looking back, I must say that I dated a lot of very interesting men when I was single.

8 Responses to “Date with a Greek student”

  1. David Says:

    You have had such an interesting and unique life. You are truly blessed to have had such a rich life. Congratulations!

  2. DJan Says:

    I think Greek salads are my favorite. When I was in Macedonia, I learned how delicious they can be, and your description made me want one! 🙂

  3. Christine Says:

    You did have a varied dating life.

  4. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I like going out with new people and exchanging stories and opinions.

  5. Olga Says:

    It sounds as though you have always known what you like and want out of life. Good for you! You may not have won the lottery, but you are wealthy in the best ways.

  6. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Your description of him had me chuckling. It reminded me of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery when the women used to swoon and love Austin Powers – “hairy, like animal!”

  7. Beatrice Says:

    This was another interesting date tale, Gigi.

  8. Tom Sightings Says:

    Well, math is better than philosophy, anyway!

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