Womp womp. My three month vacation is over and I’m finally back to work. No complaints, though. As much as I enjoy my time off, I also miss stacking that paper. I’ve got my eye on some more big-ticket items this year, and funds were getting light after a kitchen makeover, a new car and other purchases at the end of last year.
In other news, I’ve deleted Bumble yet again. Let’s see how long this lasts.
There was one last girl in the queue and after a couple of failed attempts we finally set up a date a few weeks ago. However, she developed cold feet the day of. Sigh. What is it this time? Well, she felt bad I was traveling all the way to meet her. Okay, why? Well, she felt more pressure if I was traveling all that way just to meet her, and maybe we should meet when I was already in the area. I still didn’t understand why she felt pressure, but I agreed to wait and talk on the phone in the meantime.
A few days of phone tag commenced, and when I finally caught her we chatted for a minute and a half before she said she had to go and could she call me back in a little bit? Sure, I said. And I never heard from her again. Either it was something I said, she didn’t like the sound of my voice, or by that point she was as over things as I was. It’s hard enough trying to date someone who’s busy busy busy all the time, but to add travel time on top of that? Not gonna work.
I feel so much better having jettisoned online dating apps again. It’s such a roller coaster and I needed the break for my mental health. And then something happened to perk me up and pique my interest. Long story short, I’d made up a joke Instagram, and a girl with a similarly-themed Instagram found my account. She lived locally. What’s more, we were both in marching bands AND played the same instrument. No way.
Then I found her regular IG. Similar tastes in geekdom, music, and wacky sense of humor? I couldn’t believe my luck. Was this really happening? A couple weekends ago our bands were in the same parade and lined up on the same street as well. She came running over to me. “Are you Tommy?” she asked excitedly. Indeed I was. We chatted for a couple of minutes before we had to rejoin our respective groups. She was cute – even better looking than her pictures.
A few days later I saw a music performance at the local theater. A lot of people from my and other marching bands were there, and I wondered if she was there too. Turns out she was! Afterwards I was in the lobby with a group of friends, and suddenly she popped up in front of us. She said hello to everyone. And then… she introduced us to her boyfriend Chuck. Seriously?? Ugh. I knew it was too good to be true. I was surprised because she posted a lot on social media, yet there wasn’t a single picture or mention of this dude.
So that takes care of that. Single with no prospects for the foreseeable future. I’ll be ringing in the big 3-5 this year. Recently I overheard someone say, “if you’re 35 and still single, you’re probably a loser.” Well I don’t agree with that. I don’t think I’m a loser – even if I did have better luck in high school. Somehow I had more girlfriends when I was thin, bespectacled, pimpled, socially hapless and poorly-dressed, as opposed to today when I have so much going for me. A bit funny, isn’t it?
Deep down I still would really like to find someone. But it’s a want, not a need. And as I’ve said before – my life is amazing in every other aspect, so if being alone is the trade-off I’ll happily take it.
We’ll see what happens, though.