Open Letters:

From Me to Some of Everyone

Tag: stranger danger

In an open letter to the police officer who pulled up beside me as I walked home in the dark and asked me if I needed a ride,

“Officer, you scared the bejeezus out of me! Also, is that standard protocol?”

In an open letter to the truck driver who drove by while making strong, direct eye contact with me as I applied my chapstick,

“Dude. That felt weird.”

In an open letter to the man who sat beside me/almost atop me on the plane,

“I have to tell you, I didn’t see it coming. You looked so neutrally friendly as you approached our row. Then you proceeded to take up about one quarter of my seat, not because your size required it, but because… Well, only you can answer that one. I should have just said something. But the […]

In an open letter to the man on the plane who, without invitation, started to help me remove my jacket,

“Thank you? I guess I looked like I was having a hard time?”

In an open letter to the man of many hats at the hotel,

“I’m sure you mean well, I guess, but despite my politeness, I will not be calling what appears to be your personal number that you jotted down on the back of your business card. I think that if I do come back to DC that I can manage without any ‘help.’ Thanks for the offer […]

In an open letter to the guy who pulled up beside me to ask me if I’m single,

“Oh, hi! Thanks for reminding me why I don’t walk outdoors as much as I used to. I guess everyone can benefit from a little dose of reality.”