I was on the elliptical at the gym, just casually exercising when Etta James’ Rock Me Baby began to play on my iPod. If you do not know this song, you can watch Etta James perform it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxnR0TLp0o0.
While I love all of Etta’s work, this song is probably near the top of my favorites, so I tend to dance to it whenever I hear it, and sometimes I am not even aware that I am dancing. I think I experienced one of those “not aware” moments because I noticed a younger guy who was lifting weights sizing me up.
What I am going to say next might insult some of the males of our species, but here it goes: Do you know how men are not that complicated and you can pretty much pick up what they are thinking and usually what they are thinking involves sex in some way? Well, this man was wearing a look that said sex was on his mind, and if I could write a caption to that look it would be, “Wow, she must be one over-the-hill stripper.”
My first thought was “Over-the-hill stripper? Really? Who are you? Probably, some poor woman’s boy toy.” My second and more logical thought was “Oh crap! How much was I dancing?” I quickly switched songs and the Monkees, Daydream Believer, which is definitely not a stripper song, started to play. Had I been near the end of my workout, I would have exited the gym because I was a bit embarrassed. However, I was only ten minutes into my exercise routine, and ten minutes will not erase the two packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that jumped into my cart at Target yesterday.
If I did not know better, I would swear that the young man could hear the music on my iPod because he stopped looking at me as soon as the Bluesy, sexy Etta ended, and the Monkees started. He moved on to a younger chick who glistened when she sweated. I am not kidding. She looked as if she wore tiny diamonds instead of gross perspiration. Was I insulted? No, not really, but I did learn a lesson which I feel compelled to pass on: If you have to become an over-the-hill stripper, make sure you dance to Etta James and sweat pretty. If you do these two things, men will never look away.