This summer, I was walking down Central Ave in Dover with Andrew, and a twenty-something man leaned out of his car window to yell something at us.
I should say, the man leaned out of his car window to yell something at Andrew, because what came out of his mouth was, "Your girlfriend is very beautiful!"
This was funny on multiple levels. It also ranks as the nicest catcall I have ever received.
Recently, I was driving in the car with Andrew and another twenty-something walked in front of us. Something about him was incredibly attractive, and we spent a few moments detailing exactly what we liked about him, from his jacket to his gait to the bag he was carrying. As we were driving away, Andrew yelled, "Hey! Hey! I like your deal!" and although the window was up and the fashionable young man probably heard nothing, we got to thinking about compliments from strangers.
There are creepy compliments from strangers, of course. Kili often gets, "I like your hair. You look exotic. Where are you from?" which is not only creepy but vaguely offensive. But what Andrew and I are interested in are the nice things that you can yell at strangers, the things that people will remember from months afterward because they were genuine and sincere, or sometimes because they were more polite than usual catcalls are.
Here's our plan:
Step 1. Start tumblr
Step 2. Write down nice things to yell at strangers
Step 3. PROFIT!