Date 25: Swingers and Roundabouts
I arranged a date with Jennie through tinder before my holidays. Unfortunately, she cancelled on me a few hours before we were supposed to meet. However, the text she sent me was very apologetic and it seemed genuine. She said that her boss had shafted her with a presentation that needed to be done the next day. Apparently he was supposed to do it himself but was too lazy as he had to travel shortly afterwards. I gave Jennie the benefit of the doubt and agreed to meet up when I got back from holidays. In fairness we did seem to have good banter in our texting.
I definitely felt like a good date was well overdue. My return to dating in People Watching was rather underwhelming after a brief hiatus due to my first holiday in Croatia. It was an amazing holiday! I met some fun people, some amazing people and someone who had quite an impact on me. I returned home with a slightly different outlook and was very much looking forward to meeting some new people. It was a double disappointment when Jennie cancelled but I was still looking forward to meeting her upon my return.
I arrived home last week after having another amazing trip in Vegas with some friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. Some of my new-found friends from the holiday in Croatia even made an appearance! It was so much fun! I still just about had a few drinks in me and arranged to meet Jennie on Saturday night. Jennie suggested a few places and I elected for the best of a dodgy bunch. Her suggestions were fine but they weren’t the sort of places whereyou’d be able to sit down and chat. I arrived first and scouted the bar only to find there was nowhere to sit, surprise surprise. I came back outside and text Jennie to say that there were no seats. I waited for her to arrive so we could find an alternative bar.
Jennie arrived and we decided to go to a bar across the way. Jennie was about 5’3 with wavy brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black laced string top, black jeans and grey boots. I got us a couple of drinks and we managed to snatch a sofa that became available. We inevitably got talking about my recent holidays and I wasn’t short of funny stories to lighten the mood. In contrast Jennie had been on a lot of European city breaks this year, two of which she did on her own. This was an interesting topic for me as my holiday in Croatia was practically on my own and not something I would have thought I’d ever do.
We moved on to talking about work. Jennie was a lecturer in the medical field. She seemed to be doing quite well in that profession for a 31-year-old. It was Jennie’s turn to get a round and she disappeared off to the bar. A guy sitting on the couch beside ours instantly sparked up conversation with me and asked if I was on a date. He was wearing all black and looked a bit like Jared Leto with long dark hair. I confirmed that it was indeed a first date and he started asking how it was going. His date (or whatever she was) returned and told him to stop disturbing me. He kept chatting and proceeded to give me some dating tips, for instance that touching her was important! They asked me about my thoughts on tinder and made some present tense comments which suggested they were both still on tinder. They introduced themselves but both had weird names and I didn’t quite catch either of them. They told me that my date was very cute. The guy then gave me some more dating tips. I smiled and hope that Jennie would return quickly, which she did.
Jennie instantly pointed out that the guy was wearing more eyeliner than she was! She observed them for a few seconds and then came to the conclusion that they were swingers! The more we talked and joked about it the more convinced we became. The guy sparked up conversation with the couple sitting beside them which further fueled our theory. At least the attention was no longer on us.
We moved on to talking about dating and our dating experiences. We discussed the standard tinder profiles which often include – the tiger petting/holiday picture to show you are well-travelled; the picture with your parents to show you are good to your family; the picture with your dog/cat to show you like animals and the exercising picture to show you like to keep fit. Admittedly I hit 2 of the 4 classics. I also noted that if your profile says you are ‘open-minded’ then you are definitely a swinger! Jennie told me that she had recently purchased her “date boots” which were apparently badly needed. I commented that she must date a lot if she needed date boots (as if I could talk). Jennie said that she had been on a lot of dates since she became single 8 months ago but was probably only barely in double figures. This was following a 6 year relationship. I winced a little.
When I got us some more drinks I was impeded by a girl who blocked me from taking any straws. She told me that I’d have to give her a hug if I wanted access to the straws, so I hugged her. She told me that I smelled nice. I smiled at her, reached behind her and took 2 straws, then walked back to our seats. Jennie gave out to me for flirting with strangers! Thankfully the ‘swinger couple’ had been too busy making out to bother her while I was away. They were all over each other and visibly quite drunk at this stage. There was also quite a lot of ass crack on show, not an attractive sight! Jennie politely declined my suggestion to join in.
Jennie rather randomly asked me what my best and worst characteristics were. I found this to be quite the interview style of question. Somehow my best characteristics all made it into the worst category as well! I turned the question into a bit of a joke and managed to slip a few swinging references in here and there. When it was Jennie’s turn to get drinks she managed to fall on her ass and let out a squeak, attracting rather a lot of attention! She did manage to save both drinks though. I did give her kudos for that! Me being me I asked if she was alright before suggesting that she purchased more sturdy date boots.
Jennie admitted that she was quite accident prone. She told me about a recent visit to a&e after breaking into her own apartment. She also told me about the time she gave her brother a black eye whilst babysitting him and the time when she tied her 2-year-old sister to a tree and was never asked to babysit again. I was more impressed than anything by this apparent reckless abandon. Jennie told me she was about to lean in for a kiss before I made a joke about old age in presuming those days were behind her!
By this stage pretty much everyone around us was standing up and dancing. We finished our drinks and decided it was probably time to go! We headed outside and I gave Jennie a quick kiss before parting ways. She said that she would try to grab a taxi down the road but admitted she would probably walk all of the way home. I asked her to text me when she got home and jumped into a taxi.
Was this date worth the wait?