Man #70, The “Nice” Guy

the nice guy must be authenticMan #70 is someone most people would call a nice guy, and honestly, he probably is a nice guy. He just didn’t seem like an honest guy.

Man #70 exemplified one of the nice guy archetypes women face when dating. He’s nice on the outside but unwilling to let you see what’s on the inside because he’s only being “nice” to get what he wants. He might actually be a decent guy, but he doesn’t feel confident enough in himself to show his true colors.

My first date with The “Nice” Guy was a coffee date. Man #70 showed up looking NOTHING like his picture on Tinder. (Not posting an accurate photo seems to be a common thing on this site.) He looked so completely different that when he walked up to greet me I blew him off and told him I was waiting for someone, and he walked away.

Honestly, it was a miracle that we even got together.

It was only after I messaged him through the Tinder app that he walked over and informed me that he was, in fact, my date. I apologized for initially dismissing him but told him he didn’t look like his photo. Maybe I’m jaded at this point, but I am so completely over people who don’t post current photos on their online dating profiles that I think they should be called on it. I know guys go through this too, and quite frankly, I’m getting to the point where I might just start leaving dates before they start if someone misrepresents himself one more time.

Guys, if you walk in to a date and the woman you’re meeting looks nothing like her photo, go ahead, turn around, and leave. You have my blessing. Seriously, people! Do you really want to start your next relationship with a lie? Get a fucking clue.

But I digress. That’s a rant for another day.

Anyway…Man #70…once we started chatting, the conversation flowed pretty easily. Man #70 was nice, but I wasn’t feeling a lot of attraction. It wasn’t because I didn’t like his looks. He was good-looking. The date simply lacked the elements I mentioned in my previous post about how to create chemistry. It’s difficult to create chemistry on a coffee date, and like so many others, this was really just another interview.

However, I liked Man #70 enough to give the guy a chance, so I accepted his invitation to go to dinner the following week. I left the second date also feeling sort of, “meh,” about the guy. I felt like I was supposed to like him, but something felt off. He seemed nice. He did all the right things. He said all of the right things.

Wait! Let me rephrase that. He seemed like he was trying to be nice. He seemed like he was trying to do all of the right things. He was trying to say all of the right things. Was he for real or was he just playacting?

As one man said to me, “he was trying to woo me,” and he seemed a bit like a sleazy salesman.

Time and time again, my dating experiences have proven that you don’t get to see the real person show up until date three, so I decided to accept Man #70’s invitation for a third date. On the third date, we spent the day in downtown Seattle. We walked along the waterfront and went to the Pike Place Market where he bought me a bouquet of flowers and told me how much he likes to surprise his woman with unexpected gift-giving. Unfortunately, this declaration, much like the heavy bunch of spray-painted stems I was carting all over Seattle, did not feel genuine. They felt like another one of his “selling” points.

I wasn’t buying it, and I suddenly knew why. The “Nice” Guy didn’t seem authentic. He seemed like he was only being nice to get me to go out with him. I hadn’t seen the real Man #70 show up once in three dates. Then he made a comment about the “Three Date Rule,” and I knew he was just being nice to me to get me into bed.

That was not very smooth, Man #70, not very smooth at all.

I didn’t sleep with him after date number three, and he never called me again, which was totally fine with me.

Man #68, The “Easy-going” Guy

Saying you're an easy-going guy doesn't make it so.Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

Drama-free, low-maintenance, easy-going…these words aren’t just the hallmarks of a cliché-ridden online dating profile. They’re usually red flags.

Experience has taught me that the people who say they don’t like drama are usually the ones who attract it. People who don’t have drama in their lives don’t even think about drama, nor do they think about mentioning it in their online dating profiles. Drama is not on their radar, and people who are truly drama-free eliminate it as soon as it pops up in their lives. Therefore, there’s no reason to bring it up.

The same goes for declaring oneself to be low-maintenance. If you have to convince yourself or others that you’re low-maintenance, believe me, honey, you’re not low-maintenance. Saying it doesn’t make it so. Unfortunately, our personality quirks simply don’t work that way.

The Easy-going Guy

So, why do I bring this up? Well, it’s because I accidentally met an “easy-going” guy.  For the above reasons, I have an aversion to the “easy-going” guy, and when I spot these words in an online dating profile, I quickly move to the next one. That might seem harsh, but time and experience have been good teachers. In Seattle, the “easy-going” guy is usually a type-A personality, gluten-free vegan, early adopter dressed in spandex and clicky bike shoes and strung out on caffeine…

…because the only way you can ride a bike in Seattle is to look like you’re racing in the Tour de France.

It’s enough to make me yearn for a man dressed in flannel and toting a tool belt.

(Sigh)

Anyway…Man #68.

You see, I didn’t realize that Man #68 was an “easy-going” guy until I was well on my way to having a date with him. I met him on Tinder where profile information is scant if it exists at all. You don’t find verbose descriptions of how easy-going, drama-free, or low-maintenance someone is on Tinder. In fact, you’re lucky if you’re working with a current photo.

However, I swiped right to his photo, and we started exchanging messages. We quickly made a date to meet at a fairly well-known chain restaurant in Bellevue. Then, on the day of our date I received a text from Man #68. It read,

“Is this location a place where we can have a real conversation and hear each other????”

Yes, there were four question marks. Am I the only one who feels this made his question “sound” shrill? Maybe it’s just me. It was a legitimate question, but if he was afraid of the restaurant being too loud, he could have made the bold move to suggest a different location.

Anyway. First, I was surprised that he wasn’t familiar with the establishment we agreed upon. They have restaurants in six different states, two of which are in the Seattle metro area. It made me wonder if he had been living under a rock. Second, if you have an alternative, please, by all means, suggest it, and finally, third, by asking with question with four question marks, it seemed like he was finding fault with my suggestion without contributing to the dialogue.

As one does in the early stages of dating, I kept all of this to myself of course, noted the potential red flag of “eagerness to find fault” and told him that it was like any restaurant at 5 p.m. on a Friday. There would be people there. There would be the hum of people talking in the background, but no, I didn’t think the volume was such that it would drown out our conversation. There were booths in the bar that seemed to help the acoustics, so we should be fine.

The next thing I knew, he was calling me. He needed reassurance as to the volume of the restaurant. It was early in this conversation that I heard the words that made the hair on the back of my neck bristle.

“Look, I’m a really easy-going guy. I just want to make sure we can hear each other.”

Geezus! Really? If there is this much anxiety over picking a fucking restaurant how the hell would a girl ever manage to make life decisions with this man? Holy shit!

I suppose I should have cancelled the date right then and there, but I didn’t. I went, and it was just as awful as you can imagine. The “Easy-going” Guy was rude to wait staff. He complained about the noise level…as expected. He was picky about the food. It was also obvious in the way that he ordered, and in his resistance to my ordering anything, that he was afraid I’d stick him with the tab.

In the end, I paid for my food, told him goodbye, and never spoke to him again.

Are You an Easy-going Guy?

So here’s the lesson, people. If you try to convince yourself or others that you’re an easy-going guy (or girl), you’re probably not. Do you attract drama? Why do you suppose that is? Are you high-maintenance or low-maintenance?  Take some time to really think about it.

Look, I’m not saying you have to be low-maintenance, drama-free, or easy-going. If you’re not, that’s ok. Just own it! Don’t try to convince people that you’re something you’re not.

Just don’t be surprised when people who truly are drama-free, low-maintenance, and easy-going don’t want to date you.

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Man #64, Eh and Man #65, The Loaner

online dating profile photoAs I mentioned a while ago, my move out of Seattle to Redmond was not an easy one. It was made more difficult by that fact that as soon as I moved to the mighty, Microsoft suburb, my trusty Jetta decided to not be trusty. She broke down, and I sent her off to a discreet, little barn in Woodinville to be fixed for a third of the usual price by my car guy.

What the hell is a girl to do in the suburbs without a car?

You have no idea how shitty transit is in the Seattle metro area, especially on the Eastside, until you have to go without a car. AND, I live half a block from a bus stop. But guess what? All of the buses are on 30 minute schedules, so inevitably, you arrive at one bus stop just as the last bus has left and you have to wait around for the next bus to show up…30 minutes later! What should be a 30 minute commute to Seattle can take up to two hours. It’s a fucking nightmare.

But anyway…I could write a whole blog post on how messed up our transit system is, but I don’t write a transit blog. I write a dating blog, so let’s talk about some dating, shall we?

So there was a time when I first moved to Redmond where I was without my car, and it sucked. However, I still needed to get around, like to go on dates and stuff. Luckily, I lived with Elder Baud, and I was able to convince him to be my chauffeur.

Man #64, Eh

My date with Man #64 was weird. It was strange, because he was a man I communicated with off and on for a few months before we went out. We actually started communicating on OkCupid before I met Man #63, but because of my move and schedules and probably lack of motivation on my part, a date just didn’t happen until later. When we did finally meet, it was just kind of “eh.”

Let me explain.

I actually thought his online dating profile photos were quite nice. He had a great smile, was taller than me, which is unusual, and could put sentences together into paragraphs. (It’s amazing how low the bar has sunk as time goes on.) After sporadically emailing back and forth, he finally asked me out, and we decided to meet on a Saturday afternoon, at 2 p.m. for a late lunch.

Now, I live within walking distance of the restaurant, but it’s down a long hill with narrow sidewalks where my chances of getting hit by a suburban soccer mom, sucking on a Frappuccino, doing ten over the speed limit in an SUV are pretty great. I just wasn’t willing to risk my life for a date I had never met, so I asked Elder Baud if he would drive me to the restaurant which was only a mile away.

See, I’m adapting to suburban life already.

Elder Baud obliged, dropped me in front of the restaurant, and said if I needed a ride home to let him know. He would come get me if needed.

Man #64 looked nothing like his profile photos. If he hadn’t been the only black man in the bar, I wouldn’t have recognized him. We ordered food, chatted, but false advertising never sparks romance. It just doesn’t, so after a quick bite to eat, we parted never to see each other again. I arrived back at the house less than two hours later.

“Back so soon,” Elder Baud asked.

“Yeah,” I said, “It looks like I’ll be spending Saturday night at home.”

However, I really wanted to go out. I was feeling isolated and was itching to get out and go somewhere, anywhere.

So, I decided to test out Tinder. I’d had the app on my phone for a couple of months, and hadn’t spent much time looking at it. It’s supposed to be a hook-up app, and I’m not really into hook-ups, hence my hesitation.

I started swiping left and right, left, left, left, right, left, right, right, left. It’s very much like playing a video game. If you’re not familiar with Tinder, you basically look at a profile photo for about a second before deciding whether or not the person in said photo looks fuckable or not.

That is Tinder.

So I’m swiping and I get a match, and then I get another match. Then one of my matches sends me a message.

“Hey, how are you? Are you having any luck with this app?”

“Well, I don’t know. I just started using it,” I said.

“It’s new for me too. My insurance agent told me to get on here.”

I’m thinking maybe insurance agents should stick to insurance advice, but what do I know?

“Would you like to meet for a drink?”

“Sure. When,” I asked.

“How about 5 p.m.?”

“Sure.” Well, shit! That was easy.

We picked a place in the Redmond Town Center. I had just arrived home around 4 p.m., thinking I would be spending Saturday night home alone, and instead, I turned to Elder Baud who had been watching TV while I was swiping and asked, “Can you drop me off at another date?”

“What?”

“Yeah, I just found a date on Tinder. Can you drop me off at Redmond Town Center in about fifteen minutes?”

“Sure,” he said, laughing.

Man #65, The Loaner

“You know I’m starting to feel like your pimp,” Elder Baud said as he dropped me off at the restaurant for my second date in less than three hours.

“Well, don’t get your hopes up,” I said, “I’m not having sex with anyone, and even if I do, I’m not giving you any money.”

I got out of the car, thanked him, and told him I’d probably take an Uber home.

I arrived at the bar before Man #65, so I got seated and ordered a glass of wine. A few minutes later, a very short, little man showed up and greeted me. It scared the shit out of me. It was Man #65, and like Man #64, he looked absolutely NOTHING like his profile photo on Tinder. In his photo on Tinder he looked like a clean-cut businessman complete with khaki Dockers and light blue dress shirt. The man before me looked like Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He had bleached blonde shoulder length hair and was dressed in a t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.

What the fuck?

You know? Sometimes—and I know men feel this sometimes too—I just want to lean across the table and ask, “why are you wasting my time?” I’m going to rant about posting current profile photos on an upcoming episode of Ask Wilma, but for now, just know that I was sitting there looking at Man #65 and wondering if this whole Tinder swiping thing had been a big, big mistake…like massive.

The surprising thing was that as we started talking, I actually liked the guy. He was a lot of fun, and he had a good reason for his hair looking like shit. He had been a clean-cut, responsible man his whole life, and, for right now, he just wanted to let loose and be happy.

Cheers to that!

We chatted through one glass of wine, and when our waitress came by to ask if we wanted another round, I said I was enjoying the conversation and would stay for another glass. It’s kind of funny how these things work out.

After we started our second round, I started telling Man #65 how I had just moved to Redmond from Seattle and how I wasn’t adapting very well. I told him about my car breaking down and how it was taking some time to fix.

“Well, I’m headed to Vegas for a week and you’re welcome to borrow one of my cars while I’m gone if you want,” he said.

I couldn’t believe my ears. “What?”

“I consider myself a good judge of character, and yeah, if you need a car for a week, I can loan you one.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, you can pick from a Porche 911 Carrera, a Mustang GT, or a Mercedes 380 SL. They’re just sitting there while I’m gone. You might as well drive one.”

“Ok,” I said. Let’s face it; some crazy shit has happened since I started writing this dating blog. I had my three day date in The Bahamas; my therapist told me to meet a Jewish doctor, and then an actual Jewish doctor emailed me from NYC and said he HAD to meet me; and now Spicoli wanted to loan me a classic car.

Sometimes this dating stuff doesn’t totally suck.

“So which car do you want?” He told me a little about each one.

“I’ll take the old lady car,” I said as I opted for the Mercedes.

“Ok, let’s go get her,” he said. Getting the Mercedes meant I had to get in his car and ride over to Seattle to get it. We walked to the parking lot and got into a brand new Honda Civic complete with new car smell. I guess the man liked his cars.

When we arrived at his house, he got his keys and didn’t waste any time getting me in the car and on my way. The car was a butter yellow 1985 Mercedes 380 SL hard top with only sixty-eight thousand miles on it. Super clean. Amazing.

Online dating profile photos

A classy lady needs a classic car.

As I drove back across the 520 Bridge, I felt awesome. I finally understood why guys get into classic cars. I started smiling. I couldn’t wait to see the look on Elder Baud’s face when I showed up with this car.

Back in Redmond, I carefully pulled into the driveway and went into the family room. Elder Baud was there watching television.

“Did you take an Uber,” he asked.

“No,” I said, “go look in the driveway.”

“What?”

“Just go look in the driveway.”

Elder Baud hoisted himself out of the chair and when out through the garage. I followed behind and saw him stop at the garage door as he saw the car.

“What the…,” he said turning toward me, “That’s a Mercedes.”

“Yup. I was telling my date about my car troubles, and he gave me a car to drive.”

“Yeah, but that’s a Mercedes.”

“He said he was a good judge of character,” I said, grinning like a Cheshire cat.

“But that’s a Mercedes.”

“Not just any Mercedes, that’s a 1985 380SL,” I said.

“What did you do?”

“I didn’t do anything. I had a couple of glasses of wine with the guy, told him about my car, and came home with a Mercedes. It’s just my charismatic personality, I guess.”

Elder Baud just looked at me incredulous.

“My other choices were a Porsche or a Mustang.”

Elder Baud shook his head as the two of us stood facing the front of the car. “Something like this would never happen to me.”

“‘Cause you’re a dude,” I said.

We stood side-by-side in silence looking at the car for a moment. Then I looked over at Elder Baud. “He’s only 5’-5”,” I said, and I bent over at the waist and started laughing.

Elder Baud just stood there, looking down at me and in his deep voice said, “There’s always something, isn’t there?”