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July 12th, 2010


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01:47 am - Hamster, Damn!
So I'm sorry to have gotten people's hopes up, but I'm fairly certain that's going nowhere, at least right now, given that she's in the middle of a divorce and isn't really looking to date anyone at the moment, according to a mutual friend. She's just a nice girl, and her statements are meaningless. To prove this to myself, I deleted a couple saved texts yesterday.

As if on cue, the universe delivered me a couple OKCupid messages in my inbox that night. They were from an Indian girl who lived in Oakland and was watching Veronica Mars, liked my use of the word "splendiferous," and hated bad grammar. So Hamster Girl and I were off to a good start.

This morning, we exchanged messages for about an hour and a half, making judgments and accusations of pretension, generally being snarky, and discussing theatre, including my latest theatre project. And then she said I seemed like I'd be fun to meet up with. And I said that it would be appropriate to go see an Olympian show on Saturday, but I boldly added, in the name of efficiency, that I had no dinner plans tonight, so there was that. And by a "happy coincidence," she had no dinner plans either, and dinner plans were made.

We met at Enssaro, an Ethiopian restaurant. And we were there for, well, two hours, talking long after we'd finished eating. She accused me of being a picky eater, and I said I hated cilantro, and she did too, so we high-fived, but then she called my hate of cilantro into question since I could sometimes look past it if the rest was good and it wasn't so much the taste but the texture. Yes, she thought I secretly liked it. We also hated raisins. We talked about television and books and comics, and apparently I reminded her a lot of her brother, who shared my tastes.

An interesting note about the universe: she had only joined OKCupid recently and had just started poking around on Friday. And on Saturday night she found me. And on Sunday night we had dinner.

What struck me most is that I was just being me and she liked it. She went along with it. When I declared that injera bread was made of magic because it expanded in your stomach and then decided it was literally made of magic and began describing the process of sprinkling some sort of powder over it and speaking an incantation, she suggested fairy dust rather than look at me funny. When I wanted to know the color of the magic—white, black, purple—she suggested I ask the waiter, and when I brought it up again, she continued to humor me. When she claimed that people had mini-goats as pets and I said that I was pretty sure she was wrong, she did not take me incredibly seriously and get offended. When she claimed that green peppers and red peppers tasted the same raw and I said that I was pretty sure she was wrong, she did not take me incredibly seriously and get offended, and she thought the grocery store would be totally cool with my idea for her to weigh some peppers, take a bite of each, weigh them again, and then pay for the parts she ate. When I noticed that there had been an empty chair at our table the whole time and decided it was occupied by a ghost named Gerald, she said it was creepy but would have named him Larry. When I saw a baby in the restaurant and thought that Gerald might be a baby, she wondered what sort of parents would leave a baby in a restaurant. When I pet the baby and told him it would be all right, she said that you don't pet babies and I had no idea what I was doing, at which point Gerald became a dog.

I would like to reiterate that we spent ten minutes discussing the invisible occupant of an empty chair.

I paid for dinner even though she was going to offer to split it. I brought up the earlier plan for Saturday, and she said, without hesitation, "I'm in!" We exchanged numbers. As we parted ways outside the restaurant, she extended her arms for a hug. I walked across the street to my car, and she walked away in a perpendicular direction.

I drove in her direction and made a U-turn as I was leaving. I don't think she saw me, but I saw her walking. I may have been imagining things, but I think she was smiling to herself.
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From:ora_wai
Date:July 12th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
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Awwwww. That story makes me happy in my heart.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:July 12th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
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Okay, love her taste as VM fan already, but given that you both seem to like each other as who you are and not how your parents or others expect or want you to be, is awesome! Fingers crossed that you guys also have a blast at the Olympian show! I'm glad Gerald was a dog ad not a ghost baby as ghost dogs are benevolent, maybe a little nosy and cool and ghost babies are just creepy.
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From:allthelivesofme
Date:July 12th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
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I would like to reiterate that we spent ten minutes discussing the invisible occupant of an empty chair.

Why doesn't this surprise me? ;-) That is such a great first-date story.
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From:miniglik
Date:July 12th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
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Oh, yay!
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From:electricmonk
Date:July 12th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
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That is completely lovely. Well done.

Also, girl knows what she's talking about re: goats.
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From:wee_warrior
Date:July 12th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a great first date!

I'm all for Larry-Gerald being a dog, too. Think of all the leftovers he could pick up in a restaurant.
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From:thatonekimgirl
Date:July 12th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Yay!
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From:kibarika
Date:July 12th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Who's hot tonight? Sunil's hot tonight!

Sounds lovely. May good things continue to happen!
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:July 12th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
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and she thought the grocery store would be totally cool with my idea for her to weigh some peppers, take a bite of each, weigh them again, and then pay for the parts she ate.

Hahaaaa, I love this idea.

Yaaaaaaay!

And dude, don't pet babies. That would be creepy.
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From:skogkatt
Date:July 12th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Awesome!!!
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From:etherealclarity
Date:July 12th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
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That's freakin' sweet :D I hope things continue to go well!
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From:ebongreen
Date:July 12th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
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As we parted ways outside the restaurant, she extended her arms for a hug.

So there was hugging exchanged, right? You did reciprocate - right? ;-)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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No, I stood there awkwardly and didn't touch her.
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From:80sfiend
Date:July 12th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
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YAY!!!!! I have such a good feeling about this!! I am so happy for you!!! I hope you have a blast the next time you go out! I met my boyfriend on OkCupid and I am so incredibly happy. He is amazing, and we've been together almost 2 years now. He's my soulmate and I hope that you will be as happy as I am!!!! Good things can happen to good people. :)
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From:ashfae
Date:July 12th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
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This gets just as much of a YAY as the other one did. =)

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