Several years ago, obviously when I was still “on the market” and single, I embarked on a 50 First Dates project.
I thought I’d go back to my first official date for the social study and share the findings in story time format.
Yes, I did tell him the what’s-what and he agreed to meet me, anyway.
Kids: two; grown & gone
Work: government; upper management
We’d agreed to meet at a lounge-y—uh, well—lounge near my residence at the time.
It was raining.
I walked over to the venue only a few blocks away as the rain squished the traffic exhaust fumes into the greasy pavement.
The air was fresh, refreshing.
It was a Thursday at 5:00pm, so the venue was almost empty when I arrived and my date was easy to spot at the bar.
He stood as I walked toward him while shaking out my umbrella. He stuck out his hand to shake mine, but I swooped in for a hug instead. I’m a hugger.
“Oh, look how handsome you are!” I said. “This is a nice surprise. Not that your photos weren’t good, but you know.”
So many people on dating sites/app post misleading photos! Knock it off!
It was too dark to see if he blushed, but he looked down and away while trying to refrain from smiling at the unexpected compliment.
I quickly learned this was his auto response to compliments, which was endearing.
After the host took us to our table, I slid into the booth seat (facing the venue) while he sat in the chair opposite me (with his back to the venue).
Seating arrangements are significant. Details to follow.
Meanwhile, the chair he sat on sank under his weight and then sat with his head level much below mine.
“Let’s switch sides,” I offered and he accepted.
I’ll skip the specifics—we were together three hours—but will point out the important stuff that you care about—or should if you want to be successful in love.
I had one glass of wine. He had three beers. (Three hours, remember.)
We shared a charcuterie (fancy name for: cheeses, meats and accompaniments). We chatted.
He told me “his story” (sorry, confidential), but it wasn’t unlike many I’d heard, maybe even yours, including “looking for the right one.” (Significant.)
“My story” included how I’d taken a relationship sabbatical but was ready to date again, though with a disclaimer: “The next guy to bed this gal, weds this gal—I’m not interested in casual sex.” (This gets a hesitant chuckle and a raised eyebrow.)
I changed topic: “What would you do if you won $10,000,000?” (Significant.)
He replied immediately, snapping his fingers for emphasis: “I’d quit my job and travel.” (I raised my eyebrow.)
At the finish of the evening, he offered to walk me home, but I declined—significant—so we hugged and I told him I had a good time and would like to see him again.
Which was my bad. Why? Because … I regretted it as soon as I said it.
I did not want to kiss him, and he was my first real fake date, after all.
I had another 49 fellas to date, and at that time, I was willing to set aside exactly three hours a week for a Plus One.
Most men that are looking for long-term love want a bit more than a few hours a week with a “no texting—I loathe texting” condition attached, and since I’m not casual sex gal … well, I shouldn’t have said I’d like to see him again.
(Even though I was following my own dating rule: Don’t write off Mr. Potential Right just because you don’t want to get naked with him immediately.)
Fellas: even though one per hour is within the legal limit for a lot of guys (people), best keep it to two to three maximum over the entire date. Maximum! Yes, you’re nervous. So is she. Deal with it. Sober.
You may need to go on 50 first dates or 100. I ain’t gonna fib, online dating is work.
Online dating is like dumpster diving for diamonds. If you’re diligent, you might discover a gem amongst the rubbish.
In my next 50 First Dates update, I’ll let y’all in on my second first date with Slouching Stargazer.
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