Wednesday, 4 August 2021

A Date

 Dorothy was ok this morning. I took her back to the dyserth Walkway and she trotted to heel as always, bright and excited and as bouncy as usual 


I had a date today
A bona fide date! 
Now the last time I dated anyone,  way back before the start of the first lockdown,  “the date”  became a very good friend and nothing more.
Which is a sort of lose/win situation .

Today was a bust
Three hours I’m never going to get back again.
The date in question was a guy I met several months ago in the weekly Big Gay Quiz .
He was in my small group one Friday and in the weeks that followed, he messaged me privately during subsequent quiz nights to say hi , and to swap chit chat.
He is a little younger than me, broad and built like a lumberjack
I was intrigued 
Eventually I gave him my telephone number and we swapped friendly texts.
Since the constraints of lockdown had been lifted, he has texted me a few times asking for a date
So today I met him for lunch in Chester

Gawd help me, the man never stopped talking about himself .
The first hour, I let it go because I thought he could have been nervous, but as we entered the second hour and he still hadn’t asked me one question about myself, I thought it could be  time to call things a day.
As hour three came, and when I was sipping my second cold coffee elbows on the table , he stopped telling me a story about one of his luxury holidays and suddenly asked me if he could as me a personal question.
I told him that he could and he pointed to a tiny patch of skin on my right elbow.
Is that psoriasis ?” he asked 
Yes I’m covered in it “ I replied 
( I’m not btw)

A few minutes later he reminded himself and me that he had to get home for a work’s phone call.

I walked down to the River Dee and bought myself an ice cream 
I sat and ate it on a bench in the sun 
And enjoyed the silence

84 comments:

  1. Oh well, we all have to kiss several frogs before we find the prince! Hope there's not too many more frogs in your life.🐸 Glad Dorothy wasn't spooked by her walk. xx

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  2. I think you dodged the bullet with that one! I love your answer.

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    1. What a waste of 3 hours

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    2. Not really ... now you know not to go there or in any way encourage him in the future! Learn from your mistakes!

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  3. Yorkshire Liz5:58 pm

    Bet that was the best ice cream you have ever eaten! Pat yourself on the back at so subtly achieving a narrow escape. Keep grinning to yourself!

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  4. ami john, vous etes genial!bisous à dorothy

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  5. You win some, you lose some. Think of it as practice and better luck next time.

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  6. Hahahahaha
    Oh, I love it. Love it. Not that you got bored to death by an airhead (lumberjack body notwithstanding) but that you used such an ingenious way to get rid of him.
    Good for you!
    Boring people are unforgivable.

    XOXO

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    1. It took me long enough

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    2. |I thought it was ingenious too..can't win 'em all.
      And..lesson learned ..to not talk about myself to strangers. I have a habit of sharing a bit of myself to store clerks when I am shopping. It's been so long since we had enough people to chat with.

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  7. That's at best a 1 out of 10 then?

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  8. So glad to see Dorothy is doing well with a spring in her step and didn't balk at going for her walk.
    Do you know or did you recognize the guy with the Staffie? Any word from the police or do they simply ignore such complaints?

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    1. Police was sympathetic but unhelpful

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  9. Aw shit! You probably FELT like you were covered in it after that. Too bad you didn’t think of it sooner. We need to have a code the next time you might need rescuing. Although I hope your next date doesn’t require a rescue.

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    1. The old phone call during the date is very and too obvious
      I was going just to say , I’m off

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  10. I watch Dinner Dates on tv sometimes and I've seen the same thing happen-one lady got quite annoyed-w#ith hers -Sounds as though your date will only really ever be interested in himself-with no room to love anyone-Lucky escape for you John I say even if he looked a hunk-he will appear ugly in time-now there's room for more Mr juicys to come x

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    1. Flis I’ve just said to pat, I’m not that bothered.
      I’m ok being a spinster of the parish

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  11. He'll come along one day dear one.

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  12. at least it wasn't 3 years. i like someone who shows themselves to be an asshole right up front. it saves so much time. better luck next time.

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  13. That's one to be added to the books on how to end a bad date :-)

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  14. Oh, those self-absorbed twits. Met a few back in the day. Good save, John, a chapped elbow to the rescue. You gotta keep trying, though, right? As Snow White said, "Someday (you're) prince will come." She found him, you will too.

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    1. I’m not bothered if my prince will come , I’m too old to worry about it

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    2. Sorry, John, but I call BS on that! For the most part you always sound "open" to a relationship and then ... blam ... you slam the door shut! Knock it off unless you REALLY do not want any kind of a relationship other then a "friendly" one with no benefits other then an occasional Scotch Egg!
      Good grief ... you are only 50 years old ... you're not dead yet! However, you do still have your walls up!
      I don't mean to hurt your feelings ... the right person is out there for you ... just keep telling yourself that and not "... I'm too old!" Pout! Pout!

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  15. Barbara Anne9:17 pm

    So glad Dorothy wasn't haunted by what when on last time and went happily on her walk.
    As for the date, well, hope the coffee was good. Live and learn, and always have ice cream thereafter!

    Big hugs!

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    1. The coffee was crap , as was the meal

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  16. Oh darn. He’s not one to add to the New Friends list either! You were kind giving him the extra two hours, and a saint to get out without being rude to him.
    I’m glad Dorothy has recovered her equilibrium too.

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  17. God help the arsehole if he ends up on our quiz team in the future. Nobody bails on my friend just because they're scared of porridge in the bath.

    A fortuitous escape x

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  18. Lucky escape!
    Full marks for a relaxing ice-cream x

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  19. There are MUCH worse fates than being single!
    Wonder if he reads your blog?

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    1. If he reads John's blog he'd know John has mild psoriasis, and be more polite. Or not ask for a date in the first place, it is not contagious after all.

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  20. Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs, to find a prince.

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    1. Siebrie7:23 am

      And sometimes you can be certain they are genuine frogs, and don't need to kiss.

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  21. Healthy conversation should be like a game of ping pong - the ball moving between the two players. With your date, it was as if he was simply bouncing the ball on his own paddle.

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  22. Hang in there, John. Your day will come.

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  23. Gotta get out to find the one. One person at a time. Sorry you won't be getting that three hours back but, it wasn't a lifetime to find out a person's character.
    He didn't start out good, except for the looks, then disappoint you after 3 dates.
    Hugs. Better luck next time.

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  24. Oh Lord.
    Buh-bye!

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  25. Well done on your part, John a quick way to weed out the bathwater so to speak.

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  26. Dating is like a crap shoot. Don't give up, eventually you will strike gold.

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  27. Never a fail, must a learning experience.
    First dates are always best kept as a drink or coffee meet up😘

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  28. I'm covered in it. Well played.

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  29. Good for Dorothy! Bad for date, he sounds ghastly [was he cute?]. Being a nervous chatterer I felt sorry for him at first---but then he insulted you! The effin' nerve. First dates = coffee or a drink, under 45 minutes, it's a rule.

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  30. What a disappointment. Too many Frogs, not enough Princes.

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  31. BRAVO JOHN....for that most excellent retort!!!!!

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  32. I would have told him that I had got nits in my hair as well.xx

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  33. This dating malarkey is just too much work in our 50s. Like you I'm not bothered either way any more. Fab response to a a rude question!! Glad Dorothy was happy to return to the scene xxx

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  34. I've just stumbled across your blog - laughed out loud at the quote in the header.

    I'm sorry your date didn't work out as you might have hoped, but I really admire your chutzpah - how to send a plonker packing with wit and grace.

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  35. So glad to hear that Dorothy bounced back and would walk! Makes my heart happy. As for the date, sigh. If I end up in a situation with an "all-about-me-all-the-time" person, I have NO trouble making my exit. I have come to the point in my life, and GOOD Lord I love it, where I don't give any shits about what others may think of me when I make a hasty and/or impolite exit to save my sanity.

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    1. Yes, I was surprised I lasted so long to be honest. He never stopped talking

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  36. ‘Hey lumberjack! Does that mouth of yours have an OFF switch?’

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  37. That was hilarious!....the way you got him to scram out of there! You're a pro!

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  38. What a toad he turned out to be!

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  39. John, so happy that Dorothy is doing so well. As for your "date": good riddance to a self-centered egotistical idiot! Glad you're not wasting your time. Loved your response to him. Hugs from the base of the mini-mountain in Maine.

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  40. Well, we know why HE's single! LOL! Lord, I laughed so hard at that psoriasis exchange.

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    1. It was one of my better replies Steve

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  41. I am not sure what is worse, not having a date or going on a disappointing date.

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  42. Could be worse 3 days, months, years and decades. You dodged a bullet

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  43. Wow, what a jerk that guy is! I love it that you told him you were "covered" with it, lol.

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