I had a first date with a man from Plenty of Fish last night. He had first sent me a message in December but because of the Bar Exam (and other men I was more interested in meeting first) we didn't get around to meeting until, well, last night. I had a strange feeling about the date after realizing that I had no idea what his name was until the day before our date. Oops. Thankfully he was smart enough that when I emailed him with my name and number, he provided his name in kind. Since I don't disclose names, I will just call him Chief.
Getting ready for my date, I tried to remember a bit about Chief. Most of our emails were older than 20 days and had been deleted by Plenty of Fish. His profession was listed as "Entrepreneur" which means anything from stinking rich sugar daddy to drug dealer, so that was no help. I did seem to remember that he made wine, or his family owned a winery, or something else that had to do with wine--selective filtering at it's best. Other than that, I was at a loss.
Aside from the fact that I had just learned his name and had no idea what he did for a living, planning to meet for drinks with Chief proved more difficult than necessary. We communicated via text message and, even though he had asked me out, I got nothing but a series of one word answers when trying to set a time and place. I had hope that he was just busy and would be more talkative in person. I was wrong.
Talking to Chief was like pulling teeth. I'm a pretty easy person to talk to. I've lived in 6 states, 3 countries and survived sorority rush, yet I could barely get the man to speak. I managed to find out that he's a Fire Chief (hence the nickname) of his town, makes his own wine with his family (I knew there was wine there somewhere!) and I *think* he might own some sort of construction business (hence the "entrepreneur"). After telling me that his job made it necessary for him to respond to every fire call, I spent the next 2 hours praying for a forest fire, gas leak or other disastrous explosion to get out of possibility the most boring date of my life. Note: If after everything you say, I respond, "That's funny," I'm referring to the fact that you're now in the running for my worst date ever contest.
It was obvious that this date was going nowhere so we finished our drinks and left. We exchanged an awkward, "I hope I never run into you in public" hug and parted ways.