I've said before that I like dating and that is true. I really do. Everyone seemed to be able to relate to me or atleast get a kick out of it when I shared some of my experiences. By request, here are a few more of my random date stories.
The Merman. The online dating world can be a strange place. I once had a guy send me a message on a dating site with creepy pictures of himself posing and swimming with a tail on. While some might think that's perfect for me, I was completely weirded out. I talked to him briefly out of pure curiosity but never agreed to meet up with him. Hopefully, he has met his mer-match by now.
The Leprocan. A few years ago on St. Patrick's Day, I was approached by a guy in a restaurant. He was short, dark and handsome, dressed in green and his name was Patrick. I wouldn't have believed him had he not shown me his license. We talked briefly, he asked for my number and within an hour, he had text me and we were on our first date. It was one of the most hard to remember-unforgettable nights I've ever had. To this day, I believe that is the most drunk I have ever been. I do seem to recall a piggy back ride to the car at 2am.
The Other Josh. *Note to Self: They probably shouldn't have the same name as your ex-husband.
Our first date was at a really cool, brand new coffee shop where he mostly talked about himself and how he wanted to be an actor in Hollywood. Yeah, yeah, yeah... I just drank my free coffee and enjoyed the vibe of the place. That afternoon, I started getting sick and by the next day, I had full blown strep throat. He brought me fresh soup, organic tea, vitamins and cough drops and even sat with me and watched TV. He didn't seem so full of himself then and had redeemed himself with the get well gifts so I agreed to another date. Oh, Jesus... Literally. He would not stop talking about Jesus. I mean, Jesus is cool and all but there's a time and place for that conversation and it's not Happy Hour on your second date with someone. It was loud and uncomfortable and controversial. I prayed for our check to come and when it did, I quickly got out of there. Thank you, Jesus!
The Friend with Benefits. They make movies about this scenario so we should all know how it goes. Instead we ignore that because our situation is different and "It's not like that..." Bullshit. It is like that. You like him. He likes you. You enjoy spending time together. You wouldn't like it if someone else took his attention away from you and it's likely that he wouldn't like that either. This goes on long enough until you have to have the uncomfortable conversation about "what this is"
Word of Advice: Just don't do it. Watch the movie with your best girl friend instead.
The San Francisco Treat. I met this guy in a shitty bar in Texas. He looked at me through the fog of cigarette smoke and asked me "What do you want for your life?" It felt like he spoke to my soul. Maybe he did. Maybe it was just the alcohol. Six months later, he was living in San Francisco and I jumped on a plane for a 3 day weekend to explore our connection. We had only shared a few text messages and had not seen each other since that first night in the bar. It was the bravest, possibly stupidest, most exciting thing I have ever done. I will never forget that weekend with him. The way he marveled at life and saw the beauty in everything. I will likely never see or talk to him again. I don't need to. We all cross paths for a reason. We experience connection. We recognize ourselves in others. We learn.
It is what we are here to do.
A group of fish in the sea is called a school. Maybe there's something to that...
Still learning... -Stevi