Last Wednesday I went out with a man who had great potential. He was divorced with one kid, according to his Match profile, and working for a great company, as he had explained in our emails. He grew up in the country, works in the city and loves to hunt. His family ancestry isn't Italian (hard to come by in New Jersey) so I knew I didn't have a fist pumping guido on my hands. He was tall and cute with nerdy hipster glasses and I was psyched!
We were meeting for dinner so I had on one of my fabulously casual yet sexy blouses that looks like it's from anywhere other than Old Navy. I got there on time and received a text that he was running a few minutes late but would be the man in the green jacket. Considering I had "met" him on Match and already knew what he looked like, I found this fashion information to be a bit gratuitous but patiently waited for my green-swathed date to arrive.
I saw him walking up to the place. He was as tall and cute as his pictures suggested and wearing hunter-hued outerwear. I was so excited until he threw his arms out, squealed "Hey--eyy!" and wrapped me in a bear hug. It was at that point that my brain switched into overdrive. I must have blacked out under a frenzied inner monologue to the tune of, "OMG-WTF-are-you-doing-you're-on-a-date-with-a-flaming-homosexual (not that there's anything wrong with that) but-OMG-how-does-this-man-not-know-he's-GAY?!" because the next thing I know, we were sitting at a table with menus in front of us and I had an awkward smile plastered over my face like an idiot.
Doing my best not to overreact, we ordered drinks and exchanged the usual first date pleasantries. I got to hear about his job, his previous job working with recording artists (including some country A-listers) and about his time in the Army (don't ask, don't tell, anyone?). I started to think that maybe I had overreacted. Perhaps this is what New Jersey country boys sound like...and then he complimented me on my Cartier watch. He spent a good chunk of time talking about fashion and clothes and how much he loved to shop. I became increasingly aware of the fact that I was wearing a top from Old Navy and quickly changed the subject.
I moved onto talking about divorce and since he had not broached the subject, I brought up his child. His Match profile stated that he had one child who lived away from home so I wanted to get the scoop. As it turned out, he not only fathered one child, but THREE children with his ex-wife! So much for honesty. To add insult to injury, he was also married when he was 19 and fathered a child with that woman as well. Technically, that child lives away from home (because he's in COLLEGE!) so I guess his profile wasn't completely misleading.
Throughout the dinner I found myself so flabbergasted that I was on a date with a man, twice divorced, with 4 children and a voice that could only be described as FAB-u-lous! Aside from the lying bit, I had a great time with him once I got over the fact that he was discussing guns and hunting in an effeminate lilt. It was sad to me though that after two marriages and four children, he still wasn't true to himself. Perhaps I'm wrong and he just happens to sound like the Honey Badger narrator while really loving vagina, but this Badger don't care. Gay or not, I don't date liars.
Warning: Explicit language!