A lovely moment yesterday

I decided to take an afternoon constitutional up Waterloo Road, and bought my Guardian on the way. I was wearing jean shorts cut just below my knees, and my favourite flip-flops. At the bus stop across from Elephant and Castle station, a complete stranger (male) walked up to me, shook my hand, and said, “Those are the finest pair of legs I’ve seen on a man in a long time.” and continued on his way.

Now I’ve been told things like this before (the owner of my gym said to me once, “You know, people would pay money for your calves.”) but for someone with a pretty horrible body image, it felt really good.

5 Responses to “A lovely moment yesterday”

  1. besskeloid says:

    That makes me smile. You lucky devil!

  2. ruth_lawrence says:

    Hey,that’s a very nice thing to have happen 🙂

  3. rsc says:

    Thanks for the reminder that I should keep up my bicycling.

  4. rfmcdpei says:

    Compliments seemingly coming from nowhere are the best kind of compliments, especially once you realize that they are grounded in fact.

  5. chrishansenhome says:

    I’ve only been on bicycles in the gym for the past 15 years. Bicycling in London is taking your life in your hands, really. I ascribe my calves to genetics (I have my mother’s legs) and the strengthening that happens when you carry around 275 lbs. for years and years.

    I don’t recommend the latter.