So last you read, Rick & I exchanged numbers. On that following Monday, Rick and I conversed (via text) throughout the day and he made me laugh...a lot! Normally, I prefer a mix of actual phone conversations and texts, but we were both at work so it was cool. I learned that he was 25 (OMG I felt like Stella). I was a little concerned about that 4 year difference because at this point in our lives, 4 years is a big difference when the female is older (in my opinion). It may explain why things happened the way that they happened. Anyway, the texting continued throughout the week so I decide that enough is enough and I called. When I called, Rick answered and we chatted for about 3-5 minutes before he says that he's going into the store and he'll call me back. Now, I talk on the phone wherever I am so this raises a bit my brow a bit...especially when he never called back (STRIKE 1). I keep it moving with my expectations being pretty low for the survival of this "situation". A connect hooked me and a friend up with some tickets to a music event the next Friday. I'd already asked Rick if he wanted to go because one of the performers was one of his favs. Friday comes up and I don't hear from Rick at all. I called and text him but no answer. At this point I'm getting pretty pissed because I could've asked someone else to come with me. About 30 mins before the first act hits the stage, I get a call from Rick saying that he was sleep, he forgot, but he'll be on his way. So now let's add irritated to pissed and you get me. Luckily, my friend and her sister were there and they kept me laughing the entire time. Finally, Rick makes his way to the venue and I give him his pass to get in. When we get to our section, things go a lot better. My friend's sister starts asking Rick questions and he's a good sport while answering them. This is pretty great since my friends have been known to go into interrogation mode, so it's good that his skin is thick enough to handle meeting them in the future (if there is a future). So the whole time that we're listening to the music, Rick is flirting and saying things that should make me go all "goo-goo eyed", but I'm all about the action. The subject came up about communication and I expressed that I need a combination of seeing, speaking, and texting. At the end of the night, my friend left with her sister a little early so Rick drove me to my office to pick up my car. My keys were on my desk, so I thought that Rick was going to just drop me off at the door to my office. Instead, he drove me down and into the garage. I was super surprised to see him still there when I came out of the building. I thought it was super sweet that he waited until I got into my car safely before he followed me out. (Forget swag, I'm a sucker for a true gentleman...with nice arms and a great smile!)
So, another week goes by with no initiation of communication by him (STRIKE 2). It started to seem that I was the only the one that's really putting in work and I'm starting to get bored with this situation. My relationship philosophy is the way things start are the way things finish. I don't know if Rick started feeling my vibe, but he asked me to lunch the next week. We met up for lunch and it went pretty well. I think that Rick was a bit irritated with me because I paid for my own food. I usually stick with the philosophy that whoever asked, pays but I've been in more than one situation where I let the guy go to the window first and the horrible words "one please!" were uttered. So I wouldn't have to endure that again, I just pulled out my card and paid for my food. After lunch, we walked around a bit and he dropped me off at my office and I went inside. On our walk back from lunch, we were just talking and somehow my dating/life philosophies came up. I mentioned (again) my unwillingness to chase men and that I'll express my needs once or twice but I won't nag anyone. I have the courtesy to listen to the needs of others so I expect the same in return. I also mentioned that although my life can be a whirlwind of events, works, community service, and family/friend obligations, I make time for who/what I want to make time for. Rick asked if I would make time for him and my response was "sure".
The final straw was when I called Rick the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to see if he wanted to catch the Motown Review at Miller Outdoor Theatre. He didn't answer so I left a nice voicemail. Rick never responded...no text, return phone call, smoke signal, email, NADA (STRIKE 3)! I was done! At that point I decided that I didn't have time for someone who doesn't have time for me. If someone is interested, then they make it known. They want to spend time with you and they want to talk to you on a regular basis, not just for a hour of lunch every now again. If that's what the offer is on the table, I'll leave it.
Bright Side: Maybe it's just me, but the first days that you meet and are interacting with someone is supposed to be the honeymoon period. You know, it's when you text all day then talk on the phone for hours. He asks you out on dates and you hang out all the time. I know this isn't with everyone that you meet, but when someone talks a big game about how much they like you and blah, blah, blah this is what you'd expect...or am I missing something? Well I kept to my word and stopped initiating contact with Rick. My time is way too valuable to be giving it way to someone who doesn't understand the concept of reciprocity. I deserve and demand way more than that! Funny thing is that someone who was so "into" me, he didn't decide to reach out until 2 months later...but you'll get that story next Monday!