Ok – I’m sorry for not writing this earlier. I went on my date last Saturday, and on the way home I checked my messages and found a glitch in my Monday travel for work… then I literally had the most intense insane week I’ve had since I started working for our org. It was a really really hard week that required me to be incredibly focused. I’m not the best at being focused – that’s what makes me really good at what I do. Because I can do 92 things at once while sitting at my desk. When you throw in me NOT sitting at my desk and me having to be in several physical locations doing things hands on and personal meetings with folks at the same time as doing my normal 92 things on the internet it requires a lot of Ritlin concentration. My brain works differently.
So… this week was insane and I didn’t get to write something about the woman who “stood me up” the week previously. So here’s what happened….
Last week, I showed up at the place – waited – no one showed. I was pissed. But… it turns out she never got the email telling her about the date to begin with. Apparently the dating service was having problems with their email server so she had no idea. She told me it would have worked too – she walked down the street and got Chinese food alone and watched TV that night. But she didn’t get the email. I told her I blogged about it. HAd fun posting Facebook status updates asking people to vote on acceptable excuses and then read her off a few of them. She thought you all were VERY funny.
As much as it would have been interesting to have had her be hit by a bus or thrown in jail – turns out she just didn’t know about the date.
We had a good night. I enjoyed the conversation. She was not even remotely political but tends to be a very economically conservative democrat or exceedingly liberal republican. At one point she said to me “I’m a republican” and I didn’t say anything. She said “Is this date over now?” And I was like…. um…. uhhhh… NO… um…. my mother’s a republican. But in my head I was thinking – um yeah – I don’t date people who are so far outside of my ideology otherwise we’d do nothing but argue. That’s just the nature of me being so obsessed about politics. It’d be kind of like if you were a professional surfer and trying to date someone who was afraid of the water. I mean… what do you do with that? She said she was just “joking” and wanted to see what I would say.
She was 10 years older than me – and had this very protective “are you ok getting home” thing about her. So I’m curious if she thinks I’m a little young for her. And … I am, but my youthful bounciness and sometimes idealism will probably live on regardless of my age. I think it’s just who I am. She’s a total foodie – loves restaurants and trying new things. Has lived in DC for 20 years and knows the ins and outs of the lesbian scene in the area and filled me in on all of the clubs and venues and things I should go out and do… if only she knew that I’m more lame than that. She likes country music. Wore boots and looked pretty fierce.
I had a good time. It was a long day and I was exhausted, but I had fun talking to her and getting to know her. I’d like to see her again but – she didn’t blow me away and I don’t know that I blew her away either. She’d be fun to go to some of the clubs with – but I don’t know if I’ve had a WOW kind of result quite yet.
I also decided after that date to put my dating service account on hold until after the election. It’s really just too much right now and trying to navigate my schedule two weeks in advance is impossible. Plus, I’m going to want to be home live tweeting the debates and I’ll want to be able to hang with friends and talk politics. My Sunday brunch buddy Jess and I missed what has become our normal Sunday brunch this past week and I haven’t seem my friend who lives downstairs in over a month – and she lives two floors below me….
I have to say, though. This is the first election for me ever where I’m not the person working the 18 hour days with no days off prior to E-Day. I salute all of you who are out there doing it again. I got a nice taste of it while being in Phoenix this week and it was hard to start up that part of my brain again. I had to crank the starter a little…. I AM still watching and reading and promoting just as much as I always have – but…. I get the weekend off and I’ll have a mimosa at brunch in your honor.
Just letting you know – I’ll probably blog randomly about some stuff but don’t expect a blog about a date I’ve been on until after November. That said – the emails that I’ve gotten from dudes lately are HILARIOUS and I can’t wait to write about them.. Just a little taste – one guy described to me his previous girl who was very diligent about cleaning his house for him. True story. When I was talking to 50 about it he said it was a little odd for the dude to open with that.
Seriously. More to come on that.