Italian food. We get it guys…its your attempt to be romantic. Can we start being more original now?
Guy #2 asks me out to dinner. Let’s call him “Dave.” So Dave seems very nice. He’s funny over email and texts and he’s very interested in what I do for a living.
I have to push our date back a half hour because of maintenance workers fixing an array of issues that have suddenly gone wrong in my apartment and he’s flexible with the time. Bonus points.
I arrive at the restaurant and meet him outside. He was more attractive in his photos. It was a little bit of a let-down. He hugs me hello and introduces himself. I do the same. We walk into the restaurant and are seated immediately.
He orders a beer and I order a glass of red wine (Yes! I feel like I can drink a little on this date). He’s comfortable and doesn’t seem nervous. I like that. Confidence is sexy, guys.
The conversation is really good. He works for a software company – in sales. He can hold a conversation better than guy #1 – although I’m trying hard not to compare. He tells me about his job, his family, where he grew up. He asks me a lot of questions but doesn’t make it feel like I’m being interviewed by Barbara Walters.
The eye contact was good and I am keeping his attention. I’m enjoying myself.
Our food is delicious. I ordered chicken parm. Not the sexiest thing to eat on a date but I enjoyed it.
We continue our conversation long after we are both finished eating. Its almost 10 p.m. We have been sitting in this restaurant now for 3 hours.
Time FLEW. It was nice to converse with someone and it not feeling like I had to work for it. He’s interesting. I can look past the whole him being cuter online thing…maybe. Can I? Hmmm…
I don’t consider myself a superficial person but I do need to be physically attracted to someone to consider pursuing anything further. There is definitely a little bit of a connection but I’m still not sure. There were no tingles or butterflies. There was fun conversation and a few laughs, though. Yet again, I find myself torn.
We part ways for the evening. I hug him and thank him for dinner. He asks me to text him when I get home so he knows I made it alright – very nice. Bonus points for being considerate.
There is a second date in the works soon. We’ll see what happens…