I have been on five dates in the past two years. I think it is fair to say - dating is my least favorite activity. I don't find it exciting or adventurous or an opportunity to expand my network. It's not that I don't love meeting strange men in coffee bars - I simply hate getting ready to meet them. All of the effort - the pruning, the coloring, the squeezing into shoes I don't normally wear. Seems like a complete waste of time, especially when it results in a punch line I tell at the after-date conference call with my sister. However, I do want to be in a relationship and apparently dating is a prerequisite -so I hold my nose and go.
Date #1. In the first ten minutes the guy referred to me as Cindy and apologized because Cindy is his wife's name - his current wife's name. Date over.
Date #2: I met a man on one of those dating apps, whose profile picture looked ok enough to swipe right. We texted, he asked me out, I said yes. I arrived at the restaurant early, found a seat facing the door and waited for him to arrive. When I saw a 65 year old man hobble towards me with a - I can't believe she showed up look - my heart sank. His profile picture was clearly taken 20 years ago. He looked like my Pops - God rest his soul. Turns out there is a name for this - I had been catfished.
Date #3 & #5. Same guy - 18 months apart. Again - stupid dating app. The first time we went out for coffee, I introduced myself and then did-not-speak again until I said goodbye an hour later. In between I made a lot of mmmm noises, nodding my head, trying interject a thought or an idea or an opinion. Half way in I realized I really didn't need to be there at all. The second time we went out - again, peer pressured into using that stupid dating app - I didn't recognize him or his name until I had this strange de'ja vu feeling like the Groundhog Day movie. He didn't recognize me either, which was equally embarrassing.
Date #4. This guy practically spit out his coffee (spiked with Bailey's) when I mentioned to him that I don't drink alcohol. Ever, he asked. Ever, I clarified. He then informed me that he was just looking for someone to party with, chugged his coffee and left. I totally get it, man.
People tell me when I stop looking, I will find him. Pa-leeze. I'm not sure that is a legitimate strategy. I think single people are always looking - some are just better at pretending. My friends would say I'm single because I don't go to the jazz clubs (I don't care for jazz) or go to sporting events (I regularly attend my son's sporting events) or put on make-up before I leave the house (I'm lucky to put clothes on before I leave the house) or because I haven't learned how to enjoy my own company (I do like me, I really do like me!). One day I will be fortunate enough to meet him or better yet, one day, he will be fortunate enough to meet me - until then - honestly, I am fine being single. Wink. Wink.
Lori Ann Dinkins
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