“What are you looking for?’ Which I believe was intended as a job seeking inquiry.
“I’m looking for a Red-head, Nice body, witty personality; like the Wendy’s commercial girl…”
Is kind of what I thought I heard. Upon which it was quickly followed up with: “I have dated a lot of blondes and that never ended well.”
Only to hear one of the Married People chime in with my name and a point in my direction.
“HUH?” Was the only reply I could muster, especially since I am not a natural blonde; but wasn’t in a position to share that with a room full of practically ALL strangers. I am sure that it looked like there was a look on my face that resembled complete cluelessness or of the hamster wheel spinning to only produce NUTHING. I had NOTHING. Which is very uncommon for me. I am usually very quick on my feet with the sarcastic witty response of the hour. I consider myself a fairly confident conversationalist in almost any arena; only to be vested speechless in embarrassing or self-conscious moments. SO this one was a double WHAMMY!!!
Now after suffering that little moment of AWKWARDNESS, the rest of the night was a total disaster. I was actually trying to get some conversational time with another guy (don’t judge me, I’m single) The Comedian; but we just couldn’t get two moments together in the same room. Not to MENTION I was having one of those awkward nights where I just couldn’t feel normal in my own skin. I didn’t know what to DO with myself at any point in the evening. So I loitered and wandered from room to room aimlessly gaining more and more frustrated as the evening progressed.
The newbie has recently moved here from Wyoming at God’s direction but with no friends and no job; I have no idea how he arrived at Horizon; but that is true of most people. In personality and interests, I can definitely see some similarities; but he is a full 11 years my younger and I refuse to think myself a COUGAR, so friends seems like the best path.
A week later we seem to acquire the same general space at the Super Bowl party among the singles group. He is from Colorado so the Broncos are his pick for the evening, while I am rooting for the Seahawks more in regional support than a TRUE die hard fan (born and raised a 49er fan). Even before the game began, we are talking about life, unemployment, Portland, Wyoming, etc. I make a crack about the red head he is searching for, and he brings up the KISS Dating Goodbye book. With sarcastic disdain and witty comments galore about how it ruined his good dating years in the Christian community and I INSTANTLY feel like I have a NEW besty. We discuss the finer points of its colossal misguided attempt to help Christian singles and the WHOLE idea of masculinity in American culture and how the church has adopted this belief hook line and sinker. I make my usual comment about how we single people did it to ourselves by telling all the married people to stop meddling, setting us up, and having parties where we are invited without a partner.
At which point, I must bring up my favorite counter measure to that book which is Henry Cloud’s How to get a date worth keeping and discussing its finer points. It was a great discussion; only to have a few people around the room agree and disagree with us as we seemed to have our own discussion with an audience. As usual, I blow off any contrary opinions believing their experiences to be the exception and not the rule.
I tried to keep my sarcastic comments about how badly the Broncos were playing, but they did it to themselves. We laughed at a spattering of commercials and made comments in and among the plays. At one point, I noticed we were both leaning toward each other on the OVER stuffed chair arm; which caught me off guard a bit because it was totally unconscious (at least for me). No fear, no paranoia, no uncomfortableness, no wondering what this meant, it just was. Reminds me of the friendships I had back at Sunnyside with all the guy friends, we were just comfortable around each other and openly discussed life, God, the world, etc. Oh how I miss those friendships, although not romantic in anyway; the ability to discuss, debate, and share life was AWESOME.
So I got to leave the Super Bowl party full of energy and a refreshed spirit like I have not experienced in a LONG LONG time. And although the comedian was present during the 2nd half we still did not converse, only having a brief comedic exchange about the game.