Part II of Have lasso. Will love again. Part I.
Call me a Match.com conservative, but I would typically respond with a wink back to my winkers. Put the ball in their court and see if they could string a sentence togehter. (You would be so surprised at the level of writing that was out there.)
There was something different about this one. I took a gamble and sent a note.
Within a few hours my phone vibrated, alerting me to a response.
He had me at cheese. Specifically one of four question in his first e-mail to me: cheddar or Swiss?
I love a man who can talk cheese. I responded with a diatribe about the intricacies of cheddar and Swiss with the moral that Swiss often gets stuck between wilted lettuce and soggy tomatoes and cheddar gets all the glory.
Ok, so boy could write, boy was attractive and boy spoke cheese, but there were still lingering questions. He was 28. I was 30. Why had he winked at me? I could tell by his profile that he was only interested in women up to 30. Had he not seen that I was pushing 31? He claimed in his first note to me it was a moot point. But I had to press the issue…
Thanks for squashing my insecurities about being 30. I feel old often, but I think it’s because I re-entered the singles scene and find myself out until 1 a.m. with 23 year-olds who don’t yet want to saw their feet off at the end of the night when wearing a killer pear of stilettos. They also don’t go home and smear on Oil of Olay nor do they have five different kinds of sunscreen for different parts, but I digress…
Yeah, way to be sexy, Stephanie…
Back and forth we went. Witty banter at its finest. I grew more ridiculously happy with each e-mail that was exchanged. For some reason, I wasn’t holding back with this one.
Soon the e-mails moved to texts and became more frequent. Two days after I received the Match.com wink, I was laying out by the pool, exchanging texts with KCFilmGuy, and my phone rang.
It was him.
After letting out some Jr. Highesque squeals, I clicked the green connect button.
“Hello?” (As if I DIDN’T know who it was.)
On the other end was the fastest talker I had ever heard.
Eh, go with it. So he talks fast. Big whoop.
Two hours later, I was flushed with sun and infatuation. He asked me on a date. It was Friday afternoon. We would go out on Sunday. The plan was to hit up Dave & Busters. I thought it was the most genius first date ever. (Later, I learned I wasn’t the first girl he’d taken there, but whatever. I was the last. That’s what matters.)
We talked late Friday night and again on Saturday night. I have no idea what on earth we could have discussed in all that time on the phone, but new relationships are so exciting.
There is one conversation I will never forget. In fact, I will probably be 95, sitting in a rocking chair, embarrassing my grand-kids with the tale of the make-out talk with Mr. Quirky.
Ah, making out. Love it. And during my Crazy Time, I may or may not have instigated making out with random guys. It was harmless, usually in public and always when drunk. Good times.
Two weeks before I met the fiance, there was a very legendary make-out incident with a stranger in Virginia. It was fantastic.
It turns out, KCFilmGuy also liked to make out with virtual strangers. It was kind of his shtick too. As a self-proclaimed nerd, he enjoyed flexing his confidence and approaching girls with a single question, “wanna make out?” Some responded with horror/walked away, but sometimes it worked. He wasn’t trying to take these ladies home, he simply wanted to enjoy the contact of kissing an attractive woman.
I liked his style and his confidence.
We exchanged stories.
Then I made the comment that it’s weird that people wait until the end of the first date to exchange a kiss. Why not get it out in the open? I mean, really, there is no sense in going on if the kissing is bad. We all know that.
The conversation ended there. The tension was building and the date was 24 hours away.
D-Day – I went to the pool, picked out my outfit and dinked around online. Nothing terribly special. I was nervous, but more excited than anything. There were certainly not worries of running out of conversation points.
I wore a sheer short- sleeve sweater with a shimmery silver thread and silver wedges with good “butt” jeans.
He was the first guy I had met on Match.com that I allowed to come pick me up at my apartment on the first date.
(Side note: I later found out that he found my apartment the day before so he wouldn’t be late to pick me up. That could have gone either way on the creepy scale, but seeing how things worked out, I now find it adorable.)
My phone rang. He was outside. I scratched Gertie’s head and told her to be good, grabbed my purse and was out the door.
He was unmistakable standing outside my gate. Slender build, red curly hair, freckles, charming smile. I saw a bright mix of flowers in his hand.
I swung open the heavy iron gate and he handed me the bouquet. Awwww…while I was looking at the flowers, I didn’t quite catch his question, “Wannamakeout?”
To be continued…