I learned a long time ago that blind date meetings require some sort of physical cue.
My grandmother once tried to set me up with a grandson of a friend of hers. He wanted a picture before he would agree to come across town from Wests Side to East Side to meet me.
In 1988, that meant having a camera, taking a photo, having a picture made, putting it in an envelope, sending the envelope from NYC to Florida. I’m not sure what would have happened to the picture after that – maybe a hand-off to the other Grandma and a re-mail back to NYC?
I thought that was ridiculous, and said so. If he wanted to meet, we would – outside of the Museum of Modern Art on an evening I had an invitation to attend an opening, plus one. Height and brown hair was pretty much all I had to go on.
In a light drizzle, pressed up against the building under the tiniest of awnings, I waited. Because, I was early, of course.
A man in a smart trench with matching umbrella slid into the spot next to me and smiled. “Are you Rob,” I asked. “No,” he replied. “Sorry,” I said, “… blind date.” He laughed and said, “Me, too.” His date showed up, mine did not.
A few minutes more, and it was time to give up. Yeah, I was annoyed, so as I pulled open the entry door, and a guy is wet, disheveled tweed ran up and asked me if I was Jodi, I might have looked over my glasses and said, “Yeah,’” like are-you-seriously-showing-up-now?
As far as the rest of the evening, let’s just say I enjoyed the event, the hors devours, the beverages and the art, and leave it at that.
All of this reminiscing is just a lead-in for the fact that it’s very nice to be able to say I’ve actually learned from my experiences.
We needed recognizable tangibles.
Jeff’s was a red truck.
Mine was a home-made fabric flower pin.
Quote for the Week:
Enjoy this Week’s Discovery Links:
Girls Like Guys Who Drive Trucks: http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2014/01/30/268853951/i-like-big-trucks-and-i-cannot-lie-cars-trucks-and-the-lady-brain
Trucks & Stars: http://tasteofcountry.com/country-stars-trucks/
F-150 Generations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_F-Series