3 Dates, 1 Week
I couldn't decide what to call this post. In the list of contenders was, Craigslist Dating, and Bachelorette: Grand Rapids Style.
It all started Sunday night ...
It's Restaurant Week here in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I, being a fat kid at heart, wanted to try the local cuisine. However, seeing that I am between jobs right now (read: broke) and single, it wasn't looking good for getting out. Enter in, craigslist personals.
24 year old Christian girl seeks 25-32 year old Christian guy. Beards get bonus points.
An hour later and I have narrowed the field down to 3 guys - Mike, RJ, and Daniel. (And yes, they all have beards.) 3 dates were planned for this week. Yes, all three dates in one week.
Monday was Mike. Mike is a 29 year old Masonry who goes to Ada Bible and grew up Baptist. For our date Mike took me to El Granjero, a small authentic mexican restaurant on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. The food was spicy but the conversation, not so much. Mike is more on the shy side of things, but nevertheless, we had a good time and managed to keep the conversation going. After dinner we did a drink at HopCat, downtown. Mike is a guy I could bring home to my parents and have no fear that they would get along. However, Mike didn't seal the deal (with a kiss) so I'm not sure if there is any romantic feelings there. We ended the night saying we should get together again, and our next date is now scheduled for Sunday night.
Wednesday was RJ. Now RJ is younger than I originally stated I wanted - being 22 - but he sounded great, seeing as he works for Founders and is in a band. So I decided to give him a chance. For the date, RJ took me to Harmony Brewing Company, a new brewery in Eastown. Pizza and beer are some of my favorite things so already things were going great. I have never dated anyone significantly younger than me so I wasn't sure how that aspect was going to go. I felt like it was noticable, but looking back it was probably just because I knew about it. Had I not known how old he was, I'm not sure it would have been on my mind. That is, until he pulled out his "wallet" - an alligator paper clip - and proceeded to talk about how it was super cool. RJ didn't seal the deal at the end of the date either so, again, not sure about romantic feelings for him. RJ is also someone I'd be nervous introducing to my parents seeing as he has tattoos and doesn't go to church regularly. However, I have tattoos and don't go to church regularly, but I am not the one under scrutiny. RJ and I have tenative plans to hit up the gaint tire swing downtown on the roof of a building.
And finally, Thursday was Daniel. Daniel is a 26 year old Grace Bible College graduate, and for our date Daniel took me to Shiraz Grille on the corner of Breton and 28th Street. Dinner was delicious and the conversation might have been the best all week. Things were going great (despite him being 5'9" and me being 5'7" and wearing 3 inch heels) until he wanted to come over after dinner. My house is in no shape to just have surprise guests so after much cohersion we settled on hanging out at a park for a little. Well, our "park" was Union High School where the woods meets the field. It turned out to be slightly romantic, he even sealed the deal. But then I guess he wasn't satisfied and decided to get some dry humping action in. This I was not into but let him do hoping it would be over soon. Needless to say, it was the strangest thing to ever happen to me on a first date - or any date for that matter. We left shortly after and made comments to connect after he returns from his week long trip to San Fransisco starting Sunday. Now Daniel is someone I would be slightly worried to introduce to my parents as well. He may be a Bible college graduate, but he does have a 7 year old daughter. I'm totally cool with it, but my conservative parents might not be.
Now that my belly is more full than it's been in a long time, and coicidentally, so is my date card, I plan on taking it easy these next two days. After all, Sunday is another date and I might have to break out the Spanx.