Talking to Strangers: Atlanta, GA

Nerve asks deeply personal questions to people we just met.

Leili, 22

What do you do for a living?
I'm a part-time nanny, a part-time waitress, and I do research on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Do any of those jobs get you dates?
No, they don't.

Have you ever slept with the dad of someone you were nannying for?
No. Definitely not. There haven't even been any hot dads that I would consider sleeping with.

Have cute people ever come into the restaurant and left their phone numbers or anything?
No, nothing's happened like that. That'd be nice, but it's sort of a strange vibe at Rise 'n Dine because they're either Emory students, which are usually younger so I'm not interested and they're just so annoying, or it's people from the neighborhood who have wives and children, so I'm not going to bother with that.

If you aren't meeting people at work, how are you meeting them, or are you?
I'm not really meeting any new people, no. I've met some new people through coworkers at the restaurant, but not anyone I'm interested in.

Do you have any crazy hook-up stories?
I had a pretty great tryst with a Frenchman when I was abroad. I was at a nightclub in Prague and I spied, across the dance floor, this really cute guy. I was super-attracted to him. I think I had a cigarette, and I saw him smoking, so I went up to see if he had a lighter. There's a stereotype that French people don't like people who don't speak French; they don't like Americans; and they're sort of stuck up about it. But it seemed to work out fine. So the moral of the story is you either talk to the cute guy and he says no, or you talk to the cute guy and you get a free weekend in France with a super-sexy guy. That's how I weigh it now when I'm out.

Do French guys do it differently?
No. I mean, if I take him as an example, he's great at it. I've had more experiences in America, so I think I'd say America's the best. But in the context of how everything went in France, I think I'd have to say that.

When was the last time you had sex?
This summer, the end of August. One of my friend's really good friends from high school. We went and stayed at his parents' house on the coast. He goes to school in Oregon.

Out-of-town hookups are always the best.
Oh, yeah, they're great. One potentially might happen this weekend when we go to New York. My friend's brother. We hooked up earlier, but I haven't spoken to him at all since I saw him over graduation weekend. It's hard to meet new people.


Ryan, 22

What do you do for a living?
I work for a skate company. It's mail-order. So I just kind of skate and smoke weed.

Does that get you laid?
Not necessarily. I don't really know if skateboarding's terribly attractive.

It's not sexy anymore? Maybe it was in the nineties.
Maybe a couple of years ago during the big boom, '99 into the early '00s. Not necessarily anymore.

Are you looking for someone now?
Not really. I'm pretty busy. I work and I go to school. I don't really have time to do much else so I can't imagine maintaining a relationship.

What's the sexiest non-sex thing you can think of? My personal one is breakfast.
I'd say movies. There's a skate company called Hubba and they have really racy ads. Anything that's unexpected. You're flipping through a magazine and you're like, "What is that?"

If you were going to take someone on a date, where would you go?
I'm really bad about dates. I'm terrible about going places. I would assume somewhere to eat initially. I had a really good portabello-mushroom sandwich at the Bookhouse recently, so maybe there. They don't have PBR; they have nice beers. The food's kind of nice. I would say there, because it's not terribly expensive and it would be a good first date. Or maybe a movie.

Are there particular characteristics that you look for in somebody?
Not necessarily. I like a wide variety of things. As long as you're interested in something — if you have a hobby. A lot of people don't have hobbies, so as long as you have a serious interest in something, that normally works out well.

What about physical appearance?
I like brown-skinned girls. If I watched a reality show it would be Keeping up with the Kardashians. I don't have cable, but when I go home to my mom's house, and if it's a Sunday and there's a marathon, and I see all the Kardashians and they're all beautiful — the mom's beautiful — I just want to find a nice…

What are they, Armenian? I just want to find a nice Armenian girl. I want her to take care of me. The Kardashian girls are well-off. I want to find a nice Armenian girl who's got money and maybe wants to care for me. Maybe one day. That's my fantasy. To find an Armenian somewhere. Or a Persian. I don't really know where the Persians hang out. I'm going to find out, though. Or Brazilian. If I could find a nice Brazilian girl. And Brazil's the place to be nowadays; their economy's on the kickstart. If I go to Brazil and find a nice lady, she's probably going to have a nice job and maybe she'll want to take care of me.


Melissa, 33

What do you do for a living?
I'm a massage therapist.

I bet that gets you laid all the time.
Not really.

When was the last time you had sex?
A week ago.

Boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, random hookup?
Last time was an ex-boyfriend. But before that it was this guy that I see.

If you're out looking for a guy, what kind of superficial attributes are going to attract you?
I like tall, dark and handsome. He's got his wits about him. He needs to have a sense of humor and be a little dirty.

Are you adventurous in bed?
Totally. I'll try anything once. I like sex in public places. I like it to be a little risqué; maybe we'll get caught.

What's the most public place you've ever done it?
A fitting room in the Gap.

The Gap?
The Gap. It's called that for a reason.

So there was a fitting-room attendant who saw you go into the room together and she was cool with that?
Yeah. I was like, "Can we go in together? We have to approve each other's outfits." That was a boyfriend. You've got to treat the guys good when you're with them.

What's the longest relationship you've been in?
Seven years.

Why did it end?
We grew apart. We were in our twenties. When you're in your twenties that just kind of happens. No regrets.

Are you looking for someone now?
Nope. I like being single. If I meet somebody, maybe. But I'm just having fun. Just being completely in yourself and not having to worry about somebody else's needs. Not that I mind that, but it's nice to be all in yourself for a minute and take a breather.

Do you have a vibrator?

How many times a week do you get off?
Whenever I get the urge. I go a few days. If there's a guy who I'm really into, I'll be crazy. I'll want to have sex all the time. But if it's just me, you know, just whenever I feel the urge.


Commentarium (24 Comments)

Jan 27 11 - 1:42am

Good god, Claire is beautiful.

And please, skip the overtly trash interviews like the Joey one. There had to be someone else that night better than that.

Jan 27 11 - 2:01am

I disagree. The Joey interview had me giggling quite a bit.

Jan 27 11 - 3:36am

Yeah, I kinda liked Joey, too.

Jan 27 11 - 4:40am

All of these women look pretty yummy. I like Melissa's lips though, I've a pair like those before, absolutely wonderful.

Jan 27 11 - 8:38am

Claire would get it.
And Joey was a tonic.

Jan 27 11 - 11:09am

Joey for the win.

Jan 27 11 - 11:15am

Good one! Diverse group of people, fun conversations. I think Rick is adorable and I want to put him in my pocket. And I like that Ryan was so open about wanting to be taken care of. Society needs to be more accepting of that trait in men. Like others, I'm not with ggg, interviews with really drunk people are amusing.

Jan 27 11 - 11:19am

Can I have Melissa's phone number? She's hot.

Jan 27 11 - 12:59pm
G Unit

Melissa, Mr. T called and he wants his earrings back.

Jan 27 11 - 1:14pm

Melissa is hot and seems to have a good personality, but she could be the headliner for a blog called "When Bad Makeup Happens to Good People."

Jan 27 11 - 3:52pm

Rick is really sweet he's doing a woman from behind, how can she reach his asshole??

Jan 27 11 - 3:56pm

Good job on actually interviewing a black person this time!

Jan 27 11 - 5:36pm
Allen Wrench

Joey: awesome.

Jan 28 11 - 3:52pm

Hey Claire: you've been dating, definitely dating, for seven months now... you are boyfriend and girlfriend. Get used to it, or get out of it.

Joey: douchebag.

Jan 28 11 - 10:20pm

Melissa is beautiful.

Jan 29 11 - 5:04am

Great job, Acree. :)

Jun 14 11 - 1:22pm


Jan 29 11 - 10:37am

joey & mellissa A+

Jan 29 11 - 2:10pm

Joey is awesome.

Jan 31 11 - 8:25pm
oh yes

rick's a hottie

Feb 02 11 - 12:49pm


If he isn't sleeping with someone else...he most definitely will be sleeping with someone else given the chance....and so shoud you....just sayin....

Feb 02 11 - 9:21pm

Nice work Acree!

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