When it comes to dating, I’m a big fan of meeting at a coffeeshop for the first one. It can be as short or long as either person wants it and there’s nothing that makes it last longer than it should. For instance, dinner. A first date dinner could be great, but if it’s not going well, you’re both kind of stuck there till the dinner is served, eaten, and the check is delivered. Honestly, I’ll probably never do a first date dinner again because of this nightmare.
But this date I’m talking about was set up to be quick because she had a Christmas party at 6pm, and we were meeting at 5pm. Perfect! If it went well, we could set up a second date. If it didn’t go well, we only had to suffer for about an hour.
She and I met at a coffee shop in east Tallahassee. I’m not a picky coffee drinker. In fact, I don’t drink coffee at all so the one thing I always search for on menus is tea. This place had tea but also had sodas they make right there in the shop. I ordered a soda and she ordered some kind of special coffee drink.
It was a warm evening so we sat outside at a picnic table, a few dozen feet from the coffeeshop door. The conversation was OK. Nothing spectacular. There was only one moment where the silence seemed to linger, but it didn’t feel too awkward. The conversation livened up a bit when we got to the topic of past relationships. It may have then stalled a bit when she asked me what my future plans are. “You know,” I said, “I’m not real sure, actually.” My short-term plans were to move to Tallahassee, which has been accomplished and while I plan to travel in 2022, I don’t really have plans beyond that.
Around 6pm we said our goodbyes. It was really nice to get out and spend time with an adult woman. That was kind of my whole reason for asking her on a coffee date, and she was interesting and cute, so that was a bonus. I should also say that we met through a dating app. In other words, we hadn’t exchanged numbers yet.
So the next day I sent her a message asking how here day was going. Then it got interesting.
Check back soon for the rest of the story!
-Out of the Wilderness