Did you find the love of your life on a dating app? If you did, this book is not for you. This is a chronicle of my online dating escapades, disappointments, and disasters. I tried all the apps and websites the experts suggested. I dated men from all different waves on the spectrum: wealthy businessmen, computer nerds, musicians, and even a convicted felon. (Don’t judge.) Some of them made me laugh, and a few of them made me cry. In every relationship, I learned things about myself, or remembered things I had forgotten were important to me. After five years, I finally found the person I was looking for, but it wasn’t who I expected at all. I invite you to hop aboard my emotional rollercoaster. Buckle up! It’s a bumpy ride.
I love the first date! The anticipation, the excitement of it all is palpable. This date was memorable because I liked Lance right away and felt comfortable talking to him. He gave me all the feels right from the start. I don't mind having coffee and a cookie as a first date. It's not as elaborate as an entire meal. I don't have to dress up unless I want to do that. It's in a public place, and it doesn't require a lengthy time commitment. The best part is that no one feels badly for the gal reading a book and drinking coffee alone. Lance and I had some fun together, but this first date will always stand out for me.
Everyone has a past when it comes to relationships. Some of our experiences are good, and some of them are bad. Drummer Boy got a raw deal from his ex-wife. That ended up affecting his relationship with his daughter as well. Our first date went well, but as I got to know him better, his emotional scars came to the surface. Instead of tackling his hang-ups, he had let them fester. He had a lot of redeeming qualities, but it was more than I wanted to take on for a project.
This is the one time I made an exception to my rule against long-distance relationships. If I had not been assigned to go on this trip for work, I doubt I would have ever met him in person. Houston was fun, and I enjoyed his company. If I had lived near him, I could see us having an ongoing fling. Our individual circumstances made it near impossible to keep a relationship going from such a long distance. And that is the last time I broke my rule on that count.
This excerpt was inspired by a date I had a long time ago. I wanted to covey the carefree nature of that time, when we were all young and didn't have much responsibility. Captain and Nerd had a special bond of friendship, and I enjoyed watching them relate to each other. They clowned around and teased back and forth regularly. Captain did look out for Nerd since he was not as savvy with women at that point. He tested me to make sure that I wouldn't hurt Nerd, which is one of the hallmarks of a good friend. Enjoy!
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