Friday, March 11, 2011

mixed.matched + TV Guy


{Note: The following post is from my guest blogger, Mixed.Matched. Enjoy!}


Ok, so I know I said my next post would be about writing your perfect profile (it’s still coming, in case you were looking for it), but I have to write about my latest match.
It all started when I got a wink on New Year’s Eve. I was in Arkansas visiting my grandparents for Christmas, and I’m lucky to get a single bar of signal at their little cabin in the mountains (oh, and there’s no computer, much less internet). However, I managed to get a couple of emails at one point, which is when I saw a friendly email from match.com.
Cute. In the right age range. No weird screen name, or obnoxious picture. Few pass this first test. I truly believe that your profile says a lot about you, and if you are annoying or a borderline douche-bag at this first glance, chances are you are in real life as well. But we’ll get into all of that later. The point is - I was interested. So, I clicked see profile.
loading…
Right. I forgot I have little/no chance of loading a single page, much less logging in and loading more pictures. I make a mental note of checking back later.
Fast forward almost 3 weeks, and I’ve only just remembered about this guy. I was winked at by another potential match, and I logged on to view their profile (which I almost immediately dismissed due to the excessive amount of shirtless, bathroom mirror pictures). But when I saw TV Guy’s picture in my Connections, I remembered that I wanted to know more about this guy. I found out he was divorced, no kids, worked in television, and met all my other important check points. But instead of emailing him, I just sent him a wink in return. You know… let him make the first move.
The next day, I received an email from him. Here is the first paragraph:
Hi. Ok with all this winking going on I have to send you this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uef17zOCDb8&feature=player_embedded A friend of mine just sent that to me and I've been laughing about it for the past hour.
Pretty adorable. Usually I get a “hey how’s it going,” for a first email (notice the lack of capitalization or punctuation). But to receive a funny and somewhat witty first email made my heart smile.
We sent several emails back and forth and decided that we were both interested enough to meet. This is when the Snowpocalypse of 2011 happened in Dallas (where he is from… I’m currently 100 miles east of Dallas). We were unfortunately unable to meet for quite some time.
Oh boy, but when we did, it was worth it. He spent a pretty penny and took me to see Cirque du Soliel. Can we just say best first date ever? Yes. Afterward, we went to Starbucks for coffee and chat. Excellent conversationalist. This almost never happens. We sat and talked for 2.5 hours. Next, he took me to the Apple store to look around. (Any Mac-nerds out there swooning yet?) And while we were walking around the mall after coming out of the Apple store, he stopped in a department store to buy pants.
Hmm… Not too sure how I feel about this. I mean, he didn’t spend a lot of time looking, or trying on. He literally walked in, found the pair he wanted, and checked out. It took less than 5 minutes. At one point, he turned to me and said, “this is probably horrible first date etiquette, huh?” I just laughed and assured him that I was easy going and that there were no rules. But in my head, I was thinking this is something I’d never do. Not on a first date.
We’ve talked a lot since then. Lots of texts and emails. And one easy-breezy phone call discussing our next date. Did I mention he’s a great conversationalist? He even made a joke about going shopping for our second date. So far, this guy is a real winner. Wish me luck. Our second date begins in 10 hours.

4 comments:

  1. Hummm...shopping for pants on a first date is a bit unusual. Perhaps he did the 'leg' work trying them on before? ha.

    But yeah, timing can be huge when meeting someone online. Your time from initial contact to meet sounds like it took quite a while and yet, you still managed to make it happen. Good sign! Also a good sign that you didn't receive a scathing Email from him after not responding to his advances (ie: his cyber wink) in a timely manner. Perhaps this lad has some patience which is more than I can say about most in my experience.

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  2. HA! I just laughed out loud at MOASD's "leg" work comment. :)

    Your first date with TV guy set quite a bar! I can't wait to read more! Thank you for sharing and being my "guest blogger"!

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  3. I can't deny feeling a little envious!
    Back when I was on Match, lots of profiles asked me to send a message, not a wink (it was called a "virtual kiss" at the time). So I never winked, always sent messages - and I made it a point to show that I'd read the profile.
    Response rate....? Close to 0.
    And now I hear that a guy just winks, and 3 weeks later, it turns into a serious contact!
    Well, good luck to him, I guess. Keep us posted, Mixed Matched!

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