Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ex Story # 12

Walking down the street one afternoon, the Ex and I ran into a girl we worked with and her boyfriend. We exchanged hellos, and as soon as they were out of earshot he looked at me delightedly:

Ex: They don’t look stupid together, do they?

Me: Er, no. Why would they look stupid?

Ex: Because of the height difference! She’s even shorter than you, and he’s slightly taller than me. I’ve never gone out with anyone as short as you before, and I’ve often worried that we looked ridiculous together because of the height difference.

At 6’4 he was exactly a foot taller than me, but it had never crossed my mind that we might ‘look stupid’ together.



While we’re on the subject of tall men:

Stephen Merchant - *would*

(If you think my tast in men is a bit odd, I'm not alone.)


  • Oh NO - It'll be Peter Crouch next!

    By Blogger KAZ, at 8:27 AM  

  • Is it the tallness or the Bristolian burr?

    By Blogger Billy, at 11:28 AM  

  • when i see the first picture, i think: james spader gone wrong

    that said, james spader is not a conventional looker

    but each to their own and all that


    By Blogger Urban Chick, at 12:33 PM  

  • A good friend of mine once ran into our VIth form common room, saying she'd seen the most hysterical looking couple in the post office - she was about 5' and he must have been well over 6'.

    We paused.

    It was at that point Kate (5'2") realised she and her boyfriend (6'7") may not look immediately suited either...

    By Blogger Hannah, at 12:44 PM  

  • If you were 6'4 and your ex was 5'nothing that might look a bit unusual but the other way round is normal isn't it?
    PS Stephen Merchant definately would. Still I have only two criteria is he clever? Does he make me laugh?

    By Anonymous realdoc, at 2:16 PM  

  • i don't think it looks wierd, i just think it shouldn't be permitted. there are loads of tall women and short men out there who can't get dates because all the giant men are dating GODDAMN MIDGET WOMEN. Grrr.

    By Blogger Chaucer's Bitch, at 5:05 PM  

  • I comforted myself that the banker (6'4") looked stupid with the Japanese midget he dumped me for (4'11"). The consensus here suggests that that is not necessarily the case.


    By Blogger GreatSheElephant, at 5:38 PM  

  • Oh my goddddddd is my reaction to your ex's comment. . . with this prize ditty he obviously had alot more for you to think about. . .

    Totally understand why he is your ex-

    And I bet you never EVER thought anything of yours and his height.

    When you ask the classic question to a guy. . "what do you look for in a woman" P e r s o n a l i t y
    my arse when your ex and others like him make remarks like you illustrated

    x x x

    By Blogger erindoorz, at 6:53 PM  

  • I went out on two dates with a guy who was 6'8 and his height definitely wasn't why I stopped seeing him. In fact it was probably what made me agree to a second date. I'm 5'6, for reference purposes.

    Came over from Grammar Puss, btw

    By Blogger LoRi~fLoWer, at 8:26 PM  

  • I'm over a foot taller than Patch - she was a bit worried about people pointing and laughing, but I've said I'll stop now.

    By Blogger james henry, at 9:47 PM  

  • Schopenhauer said that you rarely see couples composed of two very tall people or two very short people, which is probably down to the subconscious need for people to even out the height of future generations. Otherwise there would be shorter and shorter people and eight foot giants roaming around the world. I think he might have a point.

    I only know about Schopenhauer becaue I read about that in some crap middlebrow book by Alain De Botton, not because I'm genuinely intelligent of course.

    By Blogger Betty, at 9:59 AM  

  • I was within dancing distance of Mr Merchant at a wedding once, but despite also being tall and liking tall fellas, I didn't try it on.

    If you want to stalk him, he can regularly be seen in the Goodge Street area.

    By Blogger Bowleserised, at 5:43 PM  

  • my daughter, who is petite at 5ft even, claims there is nothing quite as repellent as walking alongside a tall boyfriend and suddenly finding yourself wearing his hairy, moist armpit for a yamulke.

    By Blogger First Nations, at 6:49 PM  

  • "I only know about Schopenhauer becaue I read about that in some crap middlebrow book by Alain De Botton, not because I'm genuinely intelligent of course."

    Excellent stuff, Bettster!

    I've never heard of either of them ....

    Am I goibg out on a limbe here bey describing Merchant & Gervaiose as century 21's answer to Laurel & Hardy...?

    So, Spinny - 12.30, BHF shop, Twickers....if there's no one tall, blonde and handsome there when you arrive, try the Starbucks next door.

    Or Iceland.....

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 1:54 AM  

  • Christ, I must learn to type...

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 1:55 AM  

  • I thought I'd got over the whole height difference paranoia (now that James has stopped pointing and laughing), but then I saw the ex the other week and he said 'god, you really are short, aren't you? I'd forgotten how tiny you are'.

    I am a freak.

    *never leaves the house again*

    By Blogger patroclus, at 4:42 AM  

  • I do keep thinking you're much further away than you actually are.

    Other than that, you're fine.

    By Blogger james henry, at 12:38 PM  


    By Blogger Chaucer's Bitch, at 3:15 PM  

  • As it happens I'm very small *and* very far away. A bit like Liechtenstein.

    By Blogger patroclus, at 10:06 AM  

  • I'm 5'2" and my OH is 6'. It's decades since I've been out with anyone under 6'. I knew a couple where the bloke was 6'7" and the woman 4'11" and, if they looked 'odd' together, which I don't think they did, they were also noticeable when apart.

    A few years ago my 5'2" colleague shared an office with 3 men over 6'5". She wanted to claim neckstrain as an industrial illness.

    By Anonymous Gert, at 1:02 PM  

  • A very good friend of mine* is 6 foot 2 and a half but she won't even consider dating anyone shorter than her.

    What does Shoppenwhatshisface think of that then?

    P - you're only a little bit shorter than me - and I'm average. Apparently.

    *she's the one who went on a date with a guy with a mobile phone holster about a hundred posts ago.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 8:40 AM  

  • stephen merchant? i so would. but only if ricky gervais wasn't available.

    By Blogger surly girl, at 7:11 PM  

  • btw, that woman with the "smerch" website likes him A LOT, doesn't she?


    By Blogger surly girl, at 7:12 PM  

  • I read in the paper the other day Spinny that Mr Merchant was recently spotted at a singles night in South West London. So you're in with a chance.

    By Anonymous heather, at 8:22 PM  

  • Ooooo - this is exciting! Spin, get in there!

    By Blogger patroclus, at 4:48 AM  

  • Singles night?


    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 6:55 PM  

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