On Wednesday, I received a text from House asking me to go to a reception with her. I was very surprised to hear from her. So I adjusted my schedule and headed to this hoity toity event with her that night. It was kinda weird seeing her (since it had been about 15 months since I last saw her). But we both had a ton of fun. We laughed and joked. I admitted something to myself that night though. I have a ton of fun with House and I am sure we would be extremely happy if we got married. But, I am not in love with her. And I am not sure if I ever could be. Love isn't something you can force. And it isn't something I would want to force even if I could.
On Saturday, I had a date with Fob. A year or two ago, I signed up for a free online dating site. And then forgot about it. So Fob found me on the site and we started messaging. I could tell that she was using a translator (because Fob has only been in the country from Brazil for like 2 months) but I thought maybe she had a decent understanding of the English language. I was wrong.
My first sign that things might not go well was when we talked on the phone for the first time. It was obvious there was a huge communications gap between us. In fact, to give me her address, she had to have her uncle come on the phone and talk to me. Also, the fact that she is 18 should have concerned me. Nevertheless, I showed up to pick her up on Saturday night. Her uncle was there and he seemed like a nice enough guy. Fob was cute but I was less attracted to her in person than in her pictures. Then, in a strange twist, her aunt and uncle decided to come to dinner with us. And they decided we should go to Sizzler.
Now, I haven't stepped foot into a Sizzler for quite a few years, but it isn't exactly a super nice restaurant. For one, you have to wait in line to order. I get to the front and Fob and I have not really communicated well what it is that she wants. Since she basically speaks no English, I have to kind of try and order for her. Her aunt helped a little but she was kind of a spaz. Fun fact: did you know that you can get cashback at Sizzler to use towards your tip of the waitress? I did not. But now I do.
Dinner was rough. If I asked Fob a question, she pretty much couldn't understand what I was saying. So I was forced to talk to her aunt and uncle, which was kind of rude. They have been to Sizzler before (Plan: order steaks and the salad bar (you thus get a major discount on the salad bar) and then change your mind to get the dinner to go (since you have filled up on the salad bar) once you are at the table). After dinner, Fob and I decided to see a movie (she claimed she could understand movies well, but I seriously doubt it). I considered taking her right home but felt like it would be more awkward to take her home directly after dinner than to do some kind of non-talking activity. After the movie, I took her home. It was awkward. No, it was worse than awkward, it was actually a little bit painful.
On Monday, I had a second date with FireCracker. I decided to take her to my favorite Thai place. The food was excellent and the conversation was super easy with FireCracker. When I was younger, my dad would occasionally take one of the kids on a "date night." We always really looked forward to this, because we got to do whatever we wanted (telling that story makes me feel like I grew up in a polygamist household, but no, I did not). I distinctly remember my dad and I going to the airport and watching airplanes take off and land. So I decided to take FireCracker on the same activity. We drove around quite a bit before we ended up on a deserted road in the back of the airport between the runways. It was perfect (assuming it was legal, which I can't be sure of). We sat on the back of my car and just talked while planes took off and landed. (Note: this activity would not have gone well with Fob). FireCracker and I have a lot in common. We are able to just sit and talk for long periods. It helps that she razzes me every once in awhile. It kept things interesting. At some time during the date, I even thought about kissing her. But ultimately decided against it. Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun on my date with FireCracker.
I decided to finally message Mya (since Smash was never going to give me her number). I was so nervous. Surprisingly, Mya emailed me back last night. It was funny and nice and exactly what I needed to boost my confidence a little. She gave me her number. For whatever reason, I am so drawn to Mya. So hopefully there is a first date in the future for that.
First date with Fob rating: 3
Possibility of a second date with Fob: Very Low
Second date with FireCracker rating: 8
Possibility of a third date with FireCracker: Very High
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