If you read my previous post about trying to make friends in Perth, you understand my frustration concerning the subject. If not, let’s just say I had idealistic visions for my life down under which were mostly met with less than idealistic results in the first couple of months I spent there (Except for when it came to the place itself; summer in Perth is pretty up there with the best. Minus the sharks.). It was surprisingly difficult making friends in Perth and I have a few ideas of why that was the case, but it’s more fun to tell you about all the ways I failed while trying (and embarrassed myself while doing so).
When I arrived in Perth, I became a frequent visitor of the local coffee shop, The Dome (Seriously, where do they come up with the names for these places? Or is my mind deeper in the gutter than most…?). I had come to know a couple of the staff by name and they would often greet E and I with a warm hello when we would stop in for our daily coffee and story time.
In particular, there was a lovely girl whose name I can’t recall but it was distinctly Finnish as she was only in Perth on a working holiday visa. I thought, hey, she must know what it’s like to be new; maybe we can be friends?
One day after ordering my iced coffee, minus whip cream, minus ice cream (it’s really complicated ordering a plain iced coffee in Perth), Finnish girl tells me it’s her last day as per the working holiday visa, you can only maintain one job for a maximum of six months at a time.
Sitting with E and my coffee, I thought, alright, here’s your chance to stop being a loner and finally have someone to hang out with. So what did I do? I wrote down my name and number on a napkin to hand to her when we left.
Looking back, I just have to laugh because A) how cliche to write your phone number on a napkin, and B ) WAS I TRYING TO DATE HER?!?!
It seemed perfectly reasonable at the time (maybe it was just my state of desperation. I bet she could smell it on me…) and when I handed the napkin to her upon exiting and suggested that we should hang out sometime, she seemed agreeable.
I never heard from her.
(at this particular point in time. I assure you, friends were eventually made.)