Firefighters & Strippers...Hmmm- I Think I See a Pattern
By: Julia Yarbough
As I was going through my notes and photos, and organizing my thoughts in preparation for this trip and doing some serious soul searching about what it is I am truly looking for as I hit the road (in life, for myself, in a partner, etc...) I came across a pattern.
A pattern involving men. Or should I say, the TYPES of men I have been linked to in photographs.
Exhibit A) Me and um... I guess you could call them “new friends.”
I think this was back in 1995, and I was fairly new to South Florida, but LOVING the sassy and free attitude of the people. I mean really - how many communities can you name that have adult entertainment for women, with talent that looks like this?? REALLY?
Exhibit B.) Oh look - there they are again just a few months later. A group of exotic dancers. Okay, don’t laugh, but somehow I convinced my producer (I worked at WSVN -7 back then) that there was a ‘story’ here, as all of the guys had been chosen to appear on the pages of Playgirl Magazine. Yeah. News. Right!
So, has it always just been chance that I have been thrust into these situations, or has there been some sub-conscious force at work which made me find these types of guys, like heat-seeking missiles find their targets? What do these guys have that made me want to “smile pretty for the camera” with them by my side? I mean, if I’m going to find my husband, then I have to ask AND ANSWER those tough questions, don’t you think? Help!!!
Exhibit C) And take a look at this: more than ten years later, and something similar happened AGAIN! What’s the deal? This time, a very exotic personal trainer just happened to show up in my life - we cut up the dance floor at my Funky Disco-Birthday Bash. Such fun!
BUT WAIT - THERE’S MORE. Another twist to this seemingly twisted pattern.
It’s not just the strippers. Oh no. It’s these guys, too. Firefighters!
Exhibit D) This had to be back in 1995 or so. The South FloridaFirefighter’s Calendar was just starting to hit it big and this year, I think I may have been one of the judges. Or maybe I was just taking advantage of the photo-op. Either way - nice, huh?
They say history repeats itself. Maybe that’s true, as it was Winter of 2009 that I stumbled across these guys at a show. How could I pass up the opportunity to ‘strike a pose?’ Only this time around, I’m pretty sure these guys could be my sons, so that’s a bit on the creepy-cougar side, eh? Either way - nice, huh?
I wonder: are these the kind of men a woman dates or simply the kind of men we fantasize about but never find? Are these guys the equivalent of the sexy gorgeous women found on the pages of Playboy that an average-joe is NEVER going to get? And, do they have something more to offer a woman than just excruciatingly rugged good looks and sex-appeal? When you like steak but the menu is generally filled with hamburger, do you go hungry or take the meal placed in front of you? What’s a single gal to do????
Until next time,