Now on to the good stuff…..
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I would brave a few blind dates. Since then I have discovered two things. 1. I’m a chicken. 2. It’s possible to lose interest before you meet someone.
My co worker’s fiancee was determined to hook me up with a guy from her office. Apparently he and I are from the same country, he’s an engineer and and he’s single. I figured “whats the worst that could happen. He didn’t sound too bad on paper.” *shrugs*
She gave him my number on Monday. He called immediately #sigh. I don’t know how I feel about that. Part of me says over-eager, the other part says don’t be so judgemental. So I ignored that. Then he just didn’t get off the phone. He just went on and on and on. He is a stranger. We know next to nothing about each other. (please note the exasperated tone) Do I really have to say a long phone call is a bad idea. What with the awkward silences and starting to speak at the same time etc. Eventually he said goodbye. Thank goodness….then he started chatting…..and never stopped.
By Tuesday afternoon I knew his drink of preference and what his lounge looks like. Did I mention he sends random photos? Still I figured different strokes. Nerves make us all do weird things. I was nervous too. Then he demanded I meet him on Tuesday. Yes, he demanded. Clearly he has no idea who he is dealing with. I politely said “no” and suggested Friday instead. I will give him an A for persistence. I confess I was starting to feel slightly irritated by the time he understood I have a hectic sport and work schedule and I don’t do social get-togethers mid week. At this point in our interaction a ‘no’ should really have been sufficient. But still I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Then he moved on to dropping hints about how I sound a tad snobbish and twenty something isn’t too old and I must be a white person because I like rock music. Now he was firmly in the orange zone. But still, orange is a warning not a red light.
Then he found out I’m a lawyer and he said that was great because he had an agreement he wanted me to look over for him when we met for coffee. #sigh #reddish orange light. I politely replied my department has a secretary and if he would like to discuss work he can call her and make an appointment and she will send him an engagement letter outlining the fee structure. I also pointed out we serve our clients coffee during meetings so he can kill 2 birds with one stone. He laughed and he dropped the subject.
Then he demanded I send photos of myself. I hardly know him so I politely said no. This time he just wouldn’t take no for an answer. The light went bright red when after 10 messages asking for a photo I said I’m really getting impatient and he replied “me too. just send the photo.”
The nerve. On to the next one.
― Danny Kaye