Of course, the date didn’t happen. Of course it didn’t. In the continuing farce that is my love life, it was only to be expected. We decided on the day, but the place and time were still up for grabs … when he fell silent. And that was that.
Because if someone gives you the silent treatment, there’s not a lot you can do about it except be silent right back. My only consolation is that if someone doesn’t have the courtesy to drop you a line to tell you that they’ve gone off the idea/have other plans/have decided that they’d rather pull their finger nails out one by one they probably weren’t much of a catch anyway. Hey ho.
And so I went to the dating event. I went to the dating event where I met two very nice women, with whom I’ve stayed in contact, and I didn’t talk to a single man. Not one.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: if you don’t put yourself out there, you’re never going to get anywhere. You’ve got to be in it to win it. And of course, you’re right. And you should ‘never judge a book by its cover’ and ‘seize the day; procrastination is the thief of time’ and all those other platitudes that can so easily be applied to other people.
But you know what? I just wasn’t feeling it.
Maybe it’s because I’d been up since the crack of dawn (or possibly even a little before), maybe it’s because I’m so out of practice in the dating game or maybe it’s because the assembled examples of manhood just weren’t my kind of guys, but I simply couldn’t be bothered.
It felt as though I’d made a big enough effort by changing into slinky trousers and climbing into high heels without having to drag a conversation out of some sullen dude with IT hair.
(And I’m sorry, IT guys, there really is a stereotypical IT hairdo. It doesn’t mean you all have it; just a significant enough proportion to make it a stereotype. You may also want to debate what is meant by ‘IT guys’ but if you do, that probably means you are one.)
As I stood looking around the room – which was fairly strictly divided into groups of men and groups of women, with very little overlap – I thought how, under normal circumstances, I’d make the effort to start mingling and drag a couple of girls with me but … I just felt too tired to do it.
Physically tired … mentally tired … tired of the same old introductory conversations. Just tired.
So I sipped my free drink and then I sloped off home, more convinced than ever that dating sites and dating events and god knows what other wildly contrived ways there are to meet a mate just aren’t for me.
However, my blue funk of dating despair didn’t last long. Just a few days later, I was cheered by some Very Good News: a dear friend of mine, having snared her man in the not-too-dark-and-distant past, is getting married. And hurray for that!
Apart from being wildly happy for her (and, indeed, for him) it gives me hope that there are some good guys left in the world. Single ones, at that.
And although their numbers may be dwindling as, one by one, good women like her snap them up maybe – just maybe – it means that there’s someone out there for me, too.
5 thoughts on “Cancellations and celebrations”
If you ever dare to date an IT guy, I will have to go wherever you are to get you out of there! The worst thing you can do is to give up, whatever you look for! Don’t do it!
Hahaha! I’m sure there are some lovely IT guys out there… 😉
I’m so pleased you’ve restarted the blog! I was an avid follower before you left and then have checked in every so often. You popped up on my LinkedIn the other day and reminded me.
Hope all is truly fabulous (which it sounds like it is despite the Still Bloody Single status). If you’re in London or Cambs then shout. Be great to meet up for a coffee and a long overdue catch up.
Well, there are days when you clearly don’t feel like it, but for what I have lived; those dates are also the ones where you make the best of friends and the best of dates. So maybe, there is after all -next time you don’t feel like it- a wider chance for you to grab THE one (IT or not IT hairdo) !
Now, I have also noticed two things -in my past experiences- and this article got me thinking. Now, to be clear; don’t get thinking that my advices are pure gold or the best there are to get/take; but just so I share my experience with you: First; you should BE you, you should love yourself so much and BE so much you, you don’t even give a damn whether HE/THEY will like you or not. Because you know the saying: if you love yourself everyone else does ! Second; you should be OPEN (ok, don’t take this like a pun), what I mean is: don’t stereotype, don’t categorise, don’t judge (or just a little) – not even yourself ! Be there, enjoy whoever you meet and do date the IT guy cause as they say in the gay book, he may not be the one but his friend might be !! I hope this long reply will get you to date (as many as candidates available) and that from IT to tech, you will reach the seas an waters you are seeking.