I was never a social butterfly, and James was even worse off; I'd dated a few times in college, but he had no dating experience whatsoever. In fact by his early twenties he'd given up on dating and ever finding a mate, and likened himself to a "noble gas" floating around and never really reacting with any other elements.
We couldn't have seemed better suited than if Hollywood planned for us to get together. He was the best childhood friend of the guy who was dating my best childhood friend. We both grew up under, and rebelled against, extremely religious and conservative parents. For us, going to the mall meant visiting B. Dalton and Waldenbooks. We could recite every line from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and got very annoyed with people who referred to Leonard Nimoy's Star Trek character as "Dr. Spock."
Just one glitch: we lived 500 miles apart. Our respective best friends said "These two have got to meet" and they set us up.
I will never forget meeting him at the airport when he flew in for our date weekend. I was incredibly nervous. What if we didn't click in person? What if it just felt too awkward? My anxiety levels grew as people got off the plane and I still didn't see him. What if he'd changed his mind? And then--I saw him, trailing behind the last stragglers. I felt myself grinning from ear-to-ear even before I noticed the bouquet of white roses and purple irises he carried.
"Hello James," I said.
"You're beautiful!" he replied, and gave me a kiss. The passengers and crew coming off the plane actually applauded. I was half-mortified, half-thrilled. It really was like something out of a movie. When I said something to that effect, James just gave a little laugh and said, "Well, nerds need love too."
The good old days were great
Do you remember being young and free to do whatever you wanted to do?
Best night I ever had
Finally the end of my disaster run of dates ended with a kiss
A huge age difference
Really? Can you believe some mindless blokes chase after GILF?
The perfect anniversary gift
When romance seems lost and pointless the most surprising events can occur
A day with surprises
Well blow me! just when I thought things couldn't get any worse then this happens
Two jobs are better than one
Sometimes you need to work two jobs for long hours just to make ends meet
The crazy occupier woman
There are some strange things happening next door with some crazy consequences
When is the right time?
There is never a right time to discuss sensitive subjects
Finding the perfect partner
Just like that my entire life changed last weekend.
Way too clingy for me
When I want to have fun, I want to have fun not a serious relationship