Archive for February, 2007

23
Feb
07

Next, please

Myspace boy and I finally met on Wednesday night at the local big chain bookstore. Let me just say, it’s not going to work. He however seems smitten, I’ve gotten a mySpace message and 3 text messages on my cell phone from him since then. I specifically requested that he use my real e-mail address and he didn’t, and I also have not received an actual phone call. I have to let him down but I haven’t quite decided on the best method.

This was a classic case of good IM’er = bad conversationalist. With IM you are generally forced to pause and allow the other person a chance to respond… this guy did not shut up. I am a reasonably good conversationalist even if you take into account my usual initial shyness, but I’m pretty sure I got in one word for his ten. Or twenty. During the course of the evening he described himself variously as a ‘beta male,’ a ‘fashionisto,’ and ‘in touch with his feminine side.’ None of these things are bad necessarily, but I don’t know if I understand the logic of trying to impress a girl with them.

He also flattered me continuously. Looks, intelligence, clothing choice, you name it. Normally one would think this was a good thing, but he never gave me a chance to demonstrate any of my personality… and when I tried to make playful jokes (teasing him or whatever) he would get all apologetic.

MB: (on the phone before we met) Can we meet a little earlier? I got finished sooner than I thought I would, and I knew you weren’t doing anything…

SGG: (archly) and just how do you know that?

MB: Oh, I’m sorry, I really didn’t mean to imply anything, I’m sorry for assuming, etc. etc. for like five minutes.

SGG: I’m just kidding, really, it’s ok. I was just watching American Idol.

MB: Oh, I knew that

SGG: ?

So, he really didn’t know me at all, didn’t understand my personality, but yet he continued to flatter me throughout the night. I like a compliment as much as the next girl, but I’m not silly enough to have my head turned by empty flattery, in fact feel rather insulted by it.

Also? I was hoping he would look better than his picture… but not so much. To be perfectly honest I really wasn’t attracted to him at all.

So, to recap: no physical chemistry, no mental rapport, and I’m not at all impressed by his job. Sigh.

Next?

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17
Feb
07

What just happened here?

I think I may possibly have a date with myspace boy. That is, he asked me to meet him for coffee and I told him yes. I’m not totally sure we’re on the same page, but what can it hurt? I claimed to be busy all weekend (mostly true), so we are supposed to set up a time to meet next week. I’m going to suggest a coffee place that is not the one I usually frequent, the better to reduce the chance of stalkage if things don’t go as I would like.

I feel kind of like a hypocrite – I’ve been encouraging my female friends to pursue online dating and criticizing guys who e-mail or IM forever and never quite make it to that next step, but now that someone has actually stepped and asked me out I’m freaking out a little bit. He has come on kind of strong and has made no secret of the fact that he has a healthy love of the physical side of relationships, which is all well and good, but he won’t be getting that from me for a good long time, if ever. I may be a modern woman, but that is a step I am not willing to take unless there is real commitment and trust involved. I’m not one for casual relationships, which I have tried to make clear on all my profiles.

Oh well, if that’s what he’s after he’ll just move on when he doesn’t get it, and I’ll start auditioning the the next prospect. A nice looking Phd. candidate sent me an icebreaker on yahoo today…

13
Feb
07

Wincing the Night Away

I managed to get my hand’s on The Shins‘ new album today – I’d heard a couple of the songs already Winching the Night Away and loved them, and the rest is just as satisfying. However, I did have a bit of a shock when I went to the Amazon website and read the following in the album review:

“what this album proves is that the group deserves to move beyond the little Zach-Braff-movie-watching, This-American-Life-listening, Frappuccino-sipping demo-ghetto they’ve found themselves in.”

Has Amazon had people following me?

08
Feb
07

I need a vacation

But I can’t afford it. Who wants to hook me up?

I’m thinking New York. Or San Francisco. Or Boston. Or Jamaica. Or Italy. Just somewhere. My cyclical wanderlust has decided to rear it’s head once again. This town is alright, but there are so many places I know I’m not seeing. What if one day I’m 90 years old and the only thing I’ve done is go to college and work in a cube? I want to be like the Titanic chick – fall in love with an inappropriate man, have a wild passionate affair, drown him before he can get really annoying, and then have a fabulous exciting life. At the end of it all I’ll drop my gorgeous necklace into the ocean and die to a Celine Dion song. Or maybe the song will make me die. One or the other.

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07
Feb
07

prospect update

Everyone on yahoo is boring. The one guy I have been corresponding with the most appears to have no sense of humor, and spends his free time golfing. I’m sure it makes him happy, but I have no interest at all in the sport – if you can call it that. I do have friends who enjoy it… but seriously.

Imagine you are a guy (if you are a guy already, then this will be easier), and you find a cute girl on a dating website, you think you might be a good fit, and the only way you have to convince her to talk to you or go out with you is to send her a really good e-mail. What might you do? How will you entice this vision of loveliness? Personally, I would think you would want to try and capture her interest in some fashion – ask her about her life, comment on the aspects of her profile that drew you to her, maybe even tell an interesting story.

Wait! I have it! The perfect thing! I don’t know why all men don’t know this, they could have the smart, funny, interesting women of the world in the palms of their hands. What is this wonderful secret? The one thing guaranteed to make any woman swoon? That’s right! They should be talking about golf. Or, barring that, football. People, I think I’ve found my kryptonite.

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06
Feb
07

things, they are a changin’

I apologize for the high level of boringness in my last post. If you happened to find it interesting, and would like to apply for the job of managing my money for me and giving me a weekly allowance to cover lunches out and new shoes, just drop me a line. For the rest of you, I’ll try not to let it happen again. Now on to the real reason for this post….

I propose a new law. I believe customs like this existed in times past, though I have no idea if they actually existed in legal code anywhere. I propose that no younger sibling be allowed to get married or have children until the older one has done so. That’s it. Simple, easy to follow, and totally causes the younger sibling to have a reason to get the older one happily married off Taming of the Shrew style.

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06
Feb
07

Boring financial stuff

I love spreadsheets. I love budgets. Nothing makes me happier than organizing data in perfect little rows, seeing the numbers add up, figuring out exactly what I am allowed to spend on new shoes and starbucks, and what has to be squirreled away for the inevitable car repairs or spontaneous vacations. However… I hate following in real life what I so painstakingly put together in my computer. I hate balancing my checkbook, I hate paying bills, I hate entering my expenditures into quicken or whatever I happen to be using. I like setting up the information repository, but the grunt work of data entry has absolutely no appeal.

So, when I see a list of easy to follow tips… I get curious and wonder if it will work for me. Maybe not, but who knows? The lifehacker posted a link to the Simple Dollar’s series called 31 Days to Fix Your Finances. It looks worth a try.

Also, the following credit score tips from a financial adviser might come in handy: Top 7 Credit Score Secrets

Now don’t be like me, and get those finances into shape!




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