The rules were to pick 3 men from our respective geographic locations who fall within the set criteria (who we haven't dated), email, secure a date with at least one and, of course, blog about it. Greta and I set to work yesterday, but the first task of finding potential dates was more difficult than originally anticipated.
While I thought that I had a tough time navigating through the hoards of wanna-be-guidos, the dating pool near Greta posed its own challenges. In her neck of the (back) woods, I found most of the men to be either in the public service or transportation industry (read: cops/security guards and truck drivers) so it was a good thing that education wasn't a deal breaker for Greta (note: education wasn't a criterion of mine either--we tried to make the pool as large as possible). I found may of the men in her tri-state area of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas to be
Up here in NJ, I deal with men who swathe themselves in the Italian flag, rock fake tans and faux hawks but these men are no match for Greta's potential suitors. Between the mullets, missing teeth and hunting prize pictures (I stopped counting after 5 dead animals and one hog-tied pig), I can see why she's having trouble picking the right men. There were a few attractive men, but they either hadn't been online in months or Greta had already dated them. Our exchanges went a little something like this:
Me: Here you go--let me know if you've blocked or already talked to them: Johnny, SomeDude, OtherDude.
Greta: I emailed Johnny a while back, wanna switch him out for another? Here are yours: HotDude, BeachDude, SarcasticDude.
Me: I've already met and um, hung out, with HotDude. We're good friends.
Greta: No way! The foot fetish guy? I thought he was the hottest and totally my type.. you go girl! I'll pick an alternate for you.
Me: No, the guy with the tiny dog. Don't know if I told you about him. He drives that hot truck and is super sweet. No foot fetish. Ok, sub BadCop for Johnny---if you haven't already talked to him.
Greta: Good one but BadCop guy hasn't been online since October! #notthatmanyfisharoundhere Ok, sub this LawyerDude for the HotDude.
Me: Ugh, LawyerDude is "JD" the one who got drunk, said he wanted to swing and tried to get me naked! I blogged about it here.
Greta: Omg, you have dated every guy in NJ already either that or we totally have the same taste, Let me try one more time...
Me: Ok, so what about Sean? Aside from the weird dog pic, he's pretty cute. Hamm looks promising too, although I see a radio on his lapel (are you done with dating cops?)
Greta: Sean is the cop I went out with on Friday!! lol Ok, last try, have you dated NJman?
Me: NJman is kind of old but we're running out of options. Is Sean the cop whose partner got shot while you were on your date?! What about Tim? Might be a freak--not a good face pic but his tattoos are kind of sexy. Or what about Frank? He kind of looks like a meth head but he has a Masters Degree so it might just be the highlights in his hair that are throwing me off. OMG we both need to move!
After way too much time surfing Plenty of Fish, Greta and I have our dates nominated. I emailed my 3 potentials--BeachDude, SarcasticDude and NJman--and now we wait.