So, I met this guy who worked in DC but lived in MD and caught the train into the city for work. His suggestion for our first date was that I drive 40 minutes to where he lived so he could take me to Olive Garden. Hmmmm. No thanks. I’m not a chain restaurant type of a woman and certainly not traveling 40 minutes for a first date. I believe that was a date I went to when I was like 25 not 39. As one of my male friends said: FLAG. As he tried to convince me to drive 40 minutes for Olive Garden, I suggested we meet the next day in the city.
The next day it was raining, so I drove past his job and picked him up so we could find a restaurant around his job. He suggested the Channel Inn (a 2-3? star hotel). I said “REALLY? Channel Inn? No, Way! Old Guys (acting like playas, with their mistresses) go there.” He said "only on Thursdays." I told him emphatically NO. He said "fine we can go anyplace you want to go." Great. Let’s go to the lobby bar in the Mandarin (a 5 star hotel). I pull up and you can only valet and he says, “Oh, you are rolling like that?” I just look at him and get out of the car. I have a friend who is a sales manager there so I call him to come save me. He comes and has a drink with us then covers the first round. It takes my dates 10 minutes to ask me if I wanted another drink (remember he didn’t pay for the first round) then 10 more minutes to see if I wanted an appetizer. At 7:00 I say, I have to go pick up my friend. As we are leaving we both have to go to the restroom but remember my car is in valet. He hasn’t yet said "let me get your car for you." Well, I do what any self-respecting woman would do and give him my valet ticket and say "please get my car while I am in the restroom." He looks at me like I am crazy but gets my car. That’s what he gets for trying to take me to Olive Garden and Channel Inn… As Steve Harvey says in his new book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, "Men respect standards: get some and men will rise to the occasion if they are interested in you."
Moving on to the next date. It was a quick meet and greet because I couldn’t take much more after the other guy so it was Starbucks. The guy was very attractive and had the body of a 22 year old and unfortunately a brain to match. He was pretty immature and I didn’t get the idea he was that bright. I left the old soul for the I don’t want to grow up kid. ARGHHHH. Don’t get me wrong, they were both “nice” guys but alas not for me.
Have a great weekend!