"Eish! Sorry, my bra...," stuttered the young man, clearly embarrassed.
He almost committed a fatal error, hence the hurried expression of regret.
The lad had mistaken the other chap for a nubile maiden and was trying to seek "her" affection.
The red-blooded but unlucky suitor was misled by appearances. This time his eye for beautiful young things had betrayed him.
What had caused the mirage?
First, he saw a coiffured head, resplendent with neat corn rows.
Needless to say, the man was dressed to the nines.
I have been trying but have never fathomed why black men - it is a growing trend now - are braiding their hair.
I remember the 70s Afro craze that took South Africa by storm after balladeer Percy Sledge's visit.
That was understandable because then the Afro was also associated with Black Power. Remember the Black Panthers and our own Black Consciousness Movement?
A man would rather be seen dead than wearing a plaited head in those days.
I am told - by a woman - that it takes a minimum of an hour-and-a-half just to wash and style the hair, depending on its length and the intricacy of the pattern.
But for the trendier styles, or those that are in vogue, it might take the whole day in a salon. Imagine a man spending that much time on beautifying himself.
Of course there is a new type of man and he is called a metrosexual. He is narcissistic and invests much attention and money on his appearance.
A metrosexual is described elsewhere as man who "owns 20 pairs of shoes, half a dozen pairs of sunglasses, just as many watches and carries a man-purse".
I wouldn't mind that if I were moneyed and had the time to go for a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage.
"James Bond is very metro in a lot of ways. He ain't no sissy but he has excellent taste," someone said about the suave action hero.
But imagine a black James Bond in a $1000 suit - but with braided hair. Surely he would look like a misplaced rose.
I searched the Internet in vain for famous, black metrosexuals, especially those with braided hair.
What happened to the good old-fashioned trip to the barber shop for a clean haircut and a chat with the guys?
Today they can be seen all over in different styles or with their wives and girlfriends. And not only that, they even jostle for the toner, exfoliator and moisturiser.
I am not against men looking good or being trendy but I am dead set against men who braid their hair.
Let me put it this way, they look like women.
You see, women are meant to look beautiful and it is in their nature to maintain that beauty so that we men can enjoy this gift.
Were I to enhance my looks, I would rather grow my hair to look like Bob Marley's.