What shall his pseudonym be? My mom immediately began calling him “Footloose” when I told her about him, for apparently “Minister’s Son from Nebraska” to her translates directly into Kevin Bacon using the bible to convince a town to allow the dancing. At any rate, I cannot decide something of this magnitude right now, but it may be that “Footloose,” unfortunately, will stick.
So we had our second date tonight, which was, as the first date was, absolutely perfect. I have to say, I have never gone out with anybody like him. Which is saying something, particularly given the fact that I have gone out with like 20 different men in the past year. He is “both a gentleman and yet not… “nice.” I mean, he doesn’t put on the whole “I’m a nice guy” thing. If I were to pick the top adjectives to describe him, I would say he is friendly, direct, interesting, genuine, thoughtful, confident, driven, and smart. He isn’t terribly funny – like he’s not a “funny guy” – but I laugh a lot when I am with him. And I really love talking to him. There is never an awkward pause, and it never feels like we are doing “date conversation.” And while he’s not an academic, because he’d been on that path and then veered off it, I never have to explain anything to him. It’s just… easy. And FUN.
I will say, I do feel a little off balance with him. Like, I know he is interested in me, but I’m not certain about how interested he is. He isn’t demonstrably enthusiastic. And since I am a person who is, just generally, enthusiastic, I don’t quite know how to read people who aren’t. I mean, I know that he wants to see me again, and I know that he is attracted to me, but I am having a hard time judging the level of his interest. What is probably the truth is that he is just taking things slowly – though not too slowly at all! I think he is enjoying getting to know me, actually. And I am enjoying getting to know him, so I need to get out of my head.
Of course, part of the reason that I’m in my head is because I am also dating the Mailman. Who clearly is enthusiastic about me, even though I am pretty clearly, I realize now, “meh” about him. I mean, I like him and I enjoy spending time with him, but it’s not, like, awesome. I feel like I will go out with each of them one more time, and then I should be in a position to know for sure what I want. What I think right now is that the Mailman feels like a Plan B, and I am not really a Plan B sort of person. But I don’t want to act hastily, so I’ll just have to see how things develop (or not).
But, man, was tonight great. Great, great, great.