I scared and embarrassed the utter and complete shite out of a total stranger today.
Today I decided to try out a quick Chinese one-liner on a xiaojie (not for flirtation, just small talk practice) while in an elevator, going downstairs from Alexander gym. It was just the two of us. I said “What an impatient elevator, it tries to close every two seconds” after it did exactly that while we waited for people to get off. She doesn’t look at me, and doesn’t respond for a few seconds. Then she says, without a shred of interest in her voice, “a very what? (in chinese)”. I repeated what I said. She responds in her best impression of Cruella DeVille. “How do you say impatient in English?”
I told her but now I wish I wouldn’t have. Or I should have told her “blowjob”. After her little free English lesson she walked away, still not even so much as looking at me. A cold xiaojie if I’ve ever seen one.
What impresses me is that this is the first person I’ve met like this in Taiwan. 1 out of maybe 500. Beats any American city I’ve ever been in.