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Old 10-28-2002, 11:57 PM
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Blind date stories

Soooo......

I'm alone at church last Sunday. As we prepared for the closing hymn, a hear a girl near me say, "Hi!". I turn, and it's this girl from the gym that I've talked to a few times. She's married with a couple kids. I guess it impressed her that I go to Mass and she said she knows a girl that I may be interested in meeting. "She's a roomate of a girl I know in a "group" house in the neighborhood," she says. So I give her my number, she calls this girl, and the girl in question, Shannon, says it's okay if I give her a call.

I'm meeting Shannon next week for drinks at a local restaurant. All I know is that she's got dark hair, is pretty, is in school, and sounds like a nice person on the phone.

I've never done anything like this before so I was wondering if there are any other blind date like stories anyone would like to share. Or good date stories in general.

Blind-date stories from our many female members extra-extra appreciated!
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No stories....just a little advice.

Go with NO expectations and you are guaranteed to have a good time
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Old 10-29-2002, 10:04 AM
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On the other hand...

A lady friend of mine kept saying she would one day introduce me to someone she knew that was still single. But she had reservations about doing so, because the woman in question was quite a fervent church person, while I on the other hand was...well, not quite so.

Well, eventually, she gave in and arranged for a casual date between us.

To make a long story short, we have been married for 10 years now!
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Old 10-29-2002, 01:49 PM
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Wink Went on many blind dates....

and had many great, and a few not so great, times. Absolutely, have to go with ZERO expectations--just a chance to meet someone new.

By the by, the last blind date I had ten years ago was also the last blind date I had--married the poor girl.
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:16 PM
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Thanks for the advice, guys.

Yeah, I'm trying to keep my expectations as low as possible. I saw Betsy (the girl who set the whole thing up) at the gym again today. Both she and Shannon are to be in a wedding on Nov. 9th. A couple weeks ago was when she met Shannon at the Bachelorette Party. During the party, they played some game where you have to answer a bunch of those "life situation" questions. She didn't say what the specific Q's and A's were, but said she, "... said all the right things". I suppose we'll see... I'll post results next week after we get together.
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:38 PM
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Stefano - I met my wife Pat on a blind date. I had been living in New Orleans and moved to Atlanta. My friend in NO was a traveling salesman and while in Atl on a business trip met my future "blind date" and gave me her phone # and told me to call her when I settled in at Atl. The rest is history - going on 18 years.
Just go out to have a good time (no expectations), make a new friend and take it from there.
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:54 PM
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Jim,

Thanks for the advice.

As long as I show up in the E-320 I bought from you I'm sure the evening will get off to a great start!!
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:03 PM
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Stefano - I ain't trying to tell you how to do your business but if it were me I would show up in the rattiest, worst looking ride you have. You can always impress em later in the nice rides. I picked mine up in an old Caprice Classic company car. One of the absolute best blind dates I ever had I showed up in a 1966 Ford pick up that my college roomates had filled with pine cones. Unfortunately, I was pretty young at the time and let that one get but I we are still very good friends. The women that are worth keeping will not care what you show up in. Be wary of the ones that require nice car - they will take you for every PENNY you have.
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Old 10-29-2002, 07:21 PM
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You're right, Jim. Actually I was being a little "tongue in cheek" about bringing the nicest car in my stable. I agree, the best ones are the ones that aren't looking for the guy with the nicest car and biggest wallet-- by far. We're meeting at the restaurant, so she probably won't see it anyway.
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Old 10-29-2002, 07:46 PM
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I've been on a few blind dates. The last couple of posts make me want to relate a very odd conversation I just had.

I played in a golf tournament to benefit the golf programs at my alma mater yesterday and two of the other amateurs in my group were a married couple. They were very nice people and at about our 12th hole, the lady of the couple sidled up to me and said that she thought she'd heard that I am single. I confirmed that fact and she asked if it would be okay for her to describe a close friend of theirs (from church...!) whom they thought I might like to meet. After 11 holes I've known these people for what, about 2.75 hours, but my playing partner was well-intentioned and I thought it impolite to not at least listen. The lady then, in a somewhat hesitant manner, asked if it was true that I am an attorney (it is, for the time being) and a partner in a law firm (sort of, I suppose). She then, very earnestly, made sure that I was aware that her friend was not interested in luxury automobiles, large homes or fat bank accounts. I assured her that I wouldn't be the source for 2 of 3 of those in any case.

Anyway, I thought it rather odd that someone would, in describing someone as a potential date, bring all of that into the picture.

Now - a question my own for you guys. What happens if all that you have to drive are nice cars? I could take my bike, but that might ruin the whole thing, since I'd be wearing the lycra....

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Old 10-29-2002, 08:29 PM
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What happens if all that you have to drive are nice cars? I could take my bike, but that might ruin the whole thing, since I'd be wearing the lycra....
I'd suggest you take the 300TE. I'm sure it's a very nice ride, but the funny thing about any of the "prospective gold-diggers" I've encountered in my 21 short years? They all have HATED station wagons. Even luxury-marque ones. I had a female friend who seemed like a total gold-digger type (and eventually my suspicions were pretty much confirmed, but anyway) and once, we saw a nice E34 525i touring parked on a street that we were walking down. I made some comment about "look at the sweet bimmer" and her take on it was "uggh, but it's a wagon!!"

That's why I want to own an E34 or E39 Touring sometime. Heh.

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The last blind date I went on, she was so heavy that her car was leaning to one side as she pulled in the parking lot.
You actually went through with that? I probably would have done something rude in that situation....

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Old 10-29-2002, 10:48 PM
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I'll probably take the 300-D, but really, the only thing different about that car is that it looks like an older car. For that matter, though, it looks great! My neighbors still tell me that of the three Benzes in front of my house, their favorite is the old diesel.

But I think that after spending an evening talking together I should (and hopefully she too) be able to get an idea of what she's made of to see if we're interested in pursuing anything more. I don't think the car should make any difference.

PS I come from a family that had everything we needed, and most of the things we wanted too. During my frist two years of hight school, I lived with a small community in the moutains (long story) surviving only on food that was donated and with no running water or heat other than a small wood burning stove two floors down. We also got up at 3:45 am every day after retiring at 8:30 the night before. I could tell y'all some stories from that experience! But I really learned that some of the happiest people in the world have few material posessions and what a person has does not define who a person is.
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:18 AM
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Ironically, I believed that much of what a woman desired in a man was the ability to provide them with material comfort...that is somewhat true to a fundamental perspective.

I translated that into thinking that having a nice car would be the best impression one could make in that area. But during my eligible dating years, I was too busy struggling with a budding IS career and graduate college studies. Money was tight, and to add on that, I was driving a pea green 4-door 73 Chevy Malibu as a daily driver, while pouring as much money as I could secretly rebuilding my old VW to a show car.

Needless to say, I didn't attract any women during that period. Although, looking back, the problem was I was pursuing the WRONG women. The right type of woman would have seen through that muck and realized what that I would have made a really good mate!

When things got better, I finally bought my first new car at 30...a fully-loaded 1990 Mazda MX-6. I did everything to make it a babe magnet...custom red paint job, rims, thumpin' stereo, car phone (remember those?), etc. etc.

The woman that eventually WAS attracted to me (my wife of course) was totally ignorant about cars, so the whole car thing became a moot issue!

The best part about being married now, is that I don't spend my time trying to prove how desireable I can be to a prospective mate! That sure takes a lot of pressure off, and I don't envy anyone nowadays trying to sort through the "meat market"!
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:44 AM
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May I ask? Now that you are married for 10 years, do you go to church more or dose she go less? Just interested.
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Old 10-30-2002, 03:27 PM
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May I ask? Now that you are married for 10 years, do you go to church more or dose she go less? Just interested.
Funny you should ask...

When we met, she was a deacon(ess) at her church, AND the choir director. I later left my church to join hers and became the music minister. Not because I was good or anything but "in the kingdom of the blind, the guy with one eye working is the king".

Now that we are in Texas, and finally found a church home (www.metchurch.com), I'm am an active member as one of the church musicians (we have a band), and help out with the children's Vacation Bible events and the Christmas musical every year. My wife does attend, but prefers to blend in with the congregation! :p

Despite the fact that it looks as if the tables have turned, I believe she still walks a straighter path in life than I do...
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