{Dates 20 & 21} Game Over?

Sunday October 19

12:00 p.m. The Traveler 

It’s hard to focus after my last date, but nevertheless I make the effort to at least get to know my Sunday afternoon date. We meet for brunch in a popular German Village restaurant. As my date and I make conversation we realize that we have a friend in common. This is always good, in my opinion, because that friend can be a reliable reference and the likelihood of the person being a criminal decreases. (This is not a statistical analysis, so if you decide to apply this theory, proceed with caution.)

He’s talkative, which surprises me because he didn’t seem terribly interested in meeting. Look like I have another tinder type # 1 on my hands. Again, maybe i’m not good a texting, but the communication between me and these tinder guys is sometimes very confusing. I think it has something to do with their lack of emoticon use. I used to hate them, but lately, I feel the emoticons help convey what you truly mean on a text message. For example: “let’s meet for lunch {:-)}”, reads to me as: “let’s meet for lunch, {which will make me happy!}”. 

Anyway… my date asks me the obligatory first date questions. We somewhat hit it off because we both agree that eggs Benedict are the bomb and so are cinnamon buns, so we split one. He seems nice, smart and travels a lot for work. He’s a retail project manager so he gets to visit fun places for work. Which means he racks up thousands of travel miles and gets to vacation for practically nothing. I’m jealous! A part of me wants to friend him and hook him up with one of my girlfriends so we can all go on vacation together. But how would that go over? “Hey, I’m not sure there’s much chemistry between us, but I have this friend who’s also single…”

9 p.m. – The Golfer

“Let’s meet at the arcade bar,” I say to him. Those must have been the magic words, because his interest level went up about 10 points. “Yes, I’ve been wanting to go there!” he replies. Strange… a guy who likes video games. I do find his excitement endearing though. Also, I figure it’s a very low pressure environment, mostly hipsters and quiet folks on a Sunday night.

Not surprisingly I’m late to meet my date, and he awaits patiently at the bar. He apologizes for wearing a hoodie, “I didn’t have time to go home and change after work,” he says. “Well I had plenty of time to change and I still didn’t, so there’s no need to apologize,” I reply, pointing at my casual attire. The bartender approaches to get my order but I don’t feel like drinking. “Would you think it rude if I don’t order a drink?” I ask him. He already has a drink, but I can’t even bring myself to sip on a beer, so I order a water.

He tells me about his job, he’s a golf pro, which selfishly is the main reason I agreed to meet him. I was intrigued when I came across his profile on tinder, and he complimented my “form”, after seeing one of my golf outing pictures, so how could I refuse?

After we talk about what he does for a living, and he answers some of my pressing game-related questions, we make our way to the PAC-MAN GAME. We play a couple rounds and sort of kick some ass. But things really heat up when we move to the Simpson’s game. Eventually my character dies, bummer, but he keeps going. I cheer him on but it’s no use, his character dies five minutes later…

“I’m glad we met here,” he says. “I’m glad you’re enjoying it,” I say. What else would we do? Talk? I don’t think we have much to discuss other than golf… We run low on conversation by the time he finishes his first drink. Maybe I’m biased, but after Saturday night, my expectations are suddenly higher. I guess I’m looking for butterflies everywhere now. I suppose its a good thing that I don’t connect with every guy I’ve met on tinder. If I did, I’d be prancing around in a meadow, smelling flowers all day and there would be no one to write this blog!



  One thought on “{Dates 20 & 21} Game Over?

  1. October 30, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Sounds casual and fun! Also loving the pro golf thing


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