Oh, you’re good.

Author: Single. Approachable. Girl.
September 25, 2010

Since I have a fairly strict policy about not dating guys at work, I was anxious to see if a work-crush would ask me out now that I switched jobs. I was also nervous for a non-crush to ask me out. “I don’t date people I work with” is a great excuse…that is until you leave your job.

Happily, a crush came through on my last day. He came over to my desk and asked for my contact info. We joked about how I was not going to send a going-away email to the entire agency, because those emails often come-off a tad lame. Later that afternoon he sent an email (just to me) addressed to the agency about losing a amazing co-worker. (this guy must be good).

He then texted me on my first day at my new job. It said, “Just a heads-up. I’m going to be contacting once you’ve settled in this week and I’ll be asking you to hang out.” (yeah…he’s good). This spawned a random, but humorous texting chain revolving around illegal cock-fighting rings. (I have no explanation for that).

True to his text, Ex-Coworker Guy asked me out for that weekend. We met up a local bar to play darts and drink beers. I was the jerk that showed up 20-minutes late because I was finishing Make Out or Hold Out?

I apologized for being such an a-hole and immediately asked what he did that day to take the attention off my tardiness.

Ex-Coworker Guy: “Oh, not much. I just took my little brother to the aquarium.”

S.A.G: “Is this a real little brother? or a ‘little brother’ from Big Brothers Big Sisters?”

Ex-Coworker Guy: “From the Big Brother program.”

S.A.G: “Wow. You are impressive.”

Ex-Coworker Guy: “It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do and I was finally able to commit to it.”

S.A.G.: “Well, it is really great that you’re a Big Brother. But what I’m most impressed with is how you dropped that nugget of information within the first three minutes of the 1st date. I mean…you’re good.”

(I then laughed so he would know I was joking and waited from him to laugh too – confirming that I wasn’t the biggest jerk in the world).

Ex-Coworker Guy turned red and then laughed (thank God). “Unfortunately, I’m not that smooth. Ha ha.”

(I beg to differ. Keep reading and you will agree with me)

We stayed at the bar for 5 beers and some competitive dart games and then decided it would be completely irresponsible not to eat some food. Since not much is open at 10 PM on a Sunday night, we went to this pizza place close by that custom makes New York and Chicago style pizzas. Being lactose intolerant, this is the only place I go for Pizza because I can ask for no cheese.

I broke the news to Ex-Coworker Guy about my no-cheese policy and asked if he would be cool with a no-cheese pizza. Turns out, he can’t have tomato sauce. Our pizza looked rather interesting: 1/2 no cheese, extra sauce and 1/2 no sauce, extra cheese. We were quite the pair.

On our 2nd date we went bowling – a natural progression from a darts date. He called ahead to reserve the lane, which I liked. It was reminiscent of Confusing-Name Guy’s successfully-planned date.

When I got there he whispered in my ear that he sneaked in White Russians. While I always appreciate a good Big Lebowski reference (i.e. “that rug really tied the room together”), I reminded him that I’m lactose intolerant – daters always forget this about me.

Ex-Coworker Guy: “No it’s cool, They’re soy.”

Wow. Did not see that coming. Agree with me now?

BTW – they were delicious.



7 Responses to “Oh, you’re good.”

  1. Alvy. Yes, that Alvy. Says:

    He brought you contraband soy white russians?

    This is a keeper, SAG.

  2. Bianca Says:

    I’m with Alvy, that one sounds like a keeper. Men never remember the details!

  3. lifebeginsat30ty Says:

    This guy sounds amazing. Or he’s just really into you. Or both :D

  4. Heather Says:

    Now this is a man!! He’s thoughtful…compassionate…and takes charge. Out of all the guys you’ve written thus far…I like this guy the most. I find his not being able to have tomato sauce in conjunction with your lactose intolerance absolutely romantic. Keep us posted and remember to treat him with equal thoughtfulness.

  5. Sweaty girlfriend #1 Says:

    Soy White Russians. Love it. Hes a keeper.

  6. Brooke Farmer Says:

    I have celiac disease (a gluten intolerance- no wheat, rye, barley, oats or malt) and I totally relate. Daters ALWAYS forget (to which I usually jokinly reply, “are you trying to kill me??”)

    I’ve had a couple of guys pick up on it and remember it right away and it’s kind of a big deal. Show up with a gluten free anything-I-can’t-normally-eat or make me a dinner I’m not allergic to and you’re halfway to my heart already

  7. Rose Says:

    wow, wow, wow ! He sounds like a great guy that treats his date well.

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