Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bad date

OH.MY.GOD. That was painful. I knew as soon as we shook hands that it was not going to be a fun evening. I have a rule about handshakes. If your handshake isn't firm, we can't be friends. His was like a dead fish. To be honest, he set off my "gaydar" but maybe it's not that finely tuned! He told me he had been on 90 dates in 5 years. Okay, that only averages one date every two weeks but he said he had been in relationships that lasted a few months. I tried to be open-minded and non-judgmental. Maybe I was just in shock. Or practicing for my Canadian diplomatic service entrance exam. I couldn't get out of there fast enough and that took 2 hours!

There were a myriad of other character flaws including interrupting me and talking over me. I didn't laugh once the entire night. I thought at first that I would nurse my glass of wine but then I decided to toss half of it back and nurse the second half. When he ordered a second glass, I almost fell over and died. After that, I stopped caring what he was saying and just sat there wondering if he was bisexual or just gay. When he condescended to let me speak, I just said whatever I was thinking. No filtering going on at all. He must have thought I was a total nut job. This is the first time "drinks" has not turned into dinner. Ah well, at least I got to come home and lie on the couch. I can't remember the last time I did that. Must have been well over a week ago.

And woo hoo I got my birthday wish :) Is anyone else excited about the history that was made today? I am, and I'm not even a political junkie. I have no good reason for being happy. Just intuition. It's a lot like dating, actually. You just know that something is right. Does that ever happen to you? You meet someone and you just know that it's right. It's like meeting a friend of a friend who has a very firm handshake and you just know that this is a decent, upstanding human being. Or you meet someone who says something funny and, as you laugh, you just know that you have something in common with someone who, just a moment before was some random stranger. I'm looking for that someone who, when I look at him and he smiles at me, the laws of science cease to apply for just a second. But then, when the moment passes, I can put it in my pocket and take it with me wherever I go.

Too much to ask? Yeah, I thought so.

3 comments:

Taryn said...

I hope you liked your birthday present, EB. I picked it (President-Elect Obama) out myself. This would be perfect if only California hadn't passed the proposition to ban gay marriage.

So, you know how conservatives have been threatening to move to Canada if a Democrat/Obama/terrorist/various expletives won the White House? As a Canadian, are you looking forward to all those new neighbors? ;)

geekhiker said...

So happy you got your birthday wish. Me? Kinda mixed feelings, given how things turned out in California. Oh, well, you win some, you lose some.

As for that "you just know that it's right" feeling?

Why else do you think there's a part of me that still (like an idiot) misses her?

Elusive Butterfly said...

Sweets, I hear ya. I'm the sucker who is still mentally tangled up in a man who said "I'm not in love with you" almost a year ago. Yay me. It's okay to miss her. Feelings aren't stupid. They just are. Ah crap, who am I to be giving anything remotely resembling advice? Can we be pathetically lovelornly lonely together?