So, first one was Tuesday. I was triple booked after work and had to squeeze the date in between a chiropractic appointment and pool with a friend who moved to PA. Both of which were planned well in advance of the date. We had a great conversation, and I couldn't believe he'd actually heard of some of the bad SciFi movies I mentioned (seriously more people need to know about this movie and this movie or I'll start to think my dad was lying about movies).
We had actually started planning this date forever ago, first he was out of town and then I was out of town. We clearly had picked a day, but we apparently never really locked down a time (yes, I went back through the messages). I had said when I could be there, but neither of us actually committed to being there at specific time. I got there at the time I suggested and sent him a text that I went inside and got a table (it was raining and I didn't want to be outside). About 30 minutes later I ordered food, even though it looked like I was being stood up; I was hungry.
Right after I ordered he texted me back saying he didn't know we had time, which he was technically right about. He said he'd be right there. Yep, another place more convenient to him than me, but at least this one was also pretty close to where I was anyway. When he got there, about 15 min later, he apologized and explained that it took him 30 minutes to see the text because his phone had been on silent. Fortunately for him the conversation was pretty awesome. Even though I didn't want to give the other late guy a chance at all, this guy was pretty cool so I was willing to let it go. He's trying to get a second and I'm probably going to let myself get talked into it.
First date number two of the week was on Thursday. I wasn't really super optimistic about this date. His profile and interactions were a lot more like the first two guys. Fortunately he totally surprised me and it was also a great evening. I don't really remember what all we talked about, but it was all nerdy. He seems to be a little obsessed with brains kind of like Zombies are, but somehow in a not totally creepy way.
The most memorable part of the evening was when I got the best compliment. In our interactions online he frequently referred to me as interesting. At one point in the evening he said, "I take it back, you aren't interesting. You are fascinating." What a lovely compliment and not one of your standard lines. Of course when I heard it, this is what immediately went through my head. Yep, I'm that kind of nerd ... sorry back now. Somehow I distracted by Star Trek videos.
Friday, I went on a first date with a guy I met at a friend's birthday party. It was a really nice date and the food was excellent. We talked about all kinds of things from why he claims you don't need a car in DC to why bartenders want to put bitters in a perfectly nice rum punch.
This round of dates has restored some of my faith in my ability to date. If these dates had gone as badly as the first round I might have to question the point of dating.