Remember that saying, “Turn on, tune in, drop out”? No? OK, well, you obviously aren’t as old as I am! It’s what the hippies used to say, thanks to Timothy Leary, when they were looking
for an excuse to smoke dope reach enlightenment and detach from commitments.
Don’t worry — I’m not smoking dope (well, maybe an extra glass or two of zin), but I have been detaching from some commitments, thus my lack of an appearance here for the past few weeks, as you’ve probably noticed.
I wish I could say some sort of enlightenment has been reached, but no, not yet. I’m working on it though! Enlightenment is harder than it seems.
Luckily it’s a new year, and while I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, I have made a promise to be a better Kat than I have been (no, not that way; I’ll still be a naughty kitty!), meaning I hope to write more inspired blogs. I feel like I’ve hit a dead-end of sorts. You’ve probably noticed. But you’ve been kind enough to let it slide — thank you.
So, if you can bear with me while I get closer to that enlightenment, I’d greatly appreciate it.
(Although, perhaps I should reconsider that dope …)
But, enough about me — how’s your new year going?
We found ourselves at the mall, Sara, Mia and me, on Black Friday after all, despite my protestations. Actually, just one store in the mall, the Apple Store, because Mia needed a new power cord for her laptop.
“Wow,” Mia exclaimed, ogling the eye candy who were checking out the iPads and iPhones. “Where did all these guys come from?”
“Not around here, that’s for sure,” Sara said, “otherwise I’m sure I would have seen most of them naked at some point.”
Mia and I rolled our eyes.
“This place is better than any speed dating event I went to,” she continued.
“Or bar,” Mia said.
“Or online dating site,” I chimed in.
Could Apple stores be the “new bar” when it comes to meeting people?
I don’t know; it would be a bit creepy to walk up to someone and ask about their ram needs. Personally, I have many, but thankfully Sean is quite generous when it comes to that. Plus, at a bar someone from the other end can buy you a drink (or vice versa); you’re not likely to get a new iPhone from someone a table or two away in an Apple store although, hey, that could be cool.
But, it’s as good a place as any to meet someone, right? It’s where Robin Williams met his latest bride (No. 3), so it can’t be all that bad, right?
Lots of people hate the bar scene: “You can’t meet anyone good there.” I’m not so sure of that. I did — OK, twice, but still. Online dating sites? Same complaint: “I’ve seen him on this site for years. Playah!” OK, but maybe he was in a long-term relationship and broke up … just at the same time your relationship ended and you’re back online (and he’s thinking, “I’ve seen her on this site for years. Playah!”)
Honestly, I don’t where to “go” to meet someone. I think you just have to live your life and not hole up in your pad with a Snuggie , a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, Netflix and the remote. It doesn’t make a difference where or how you meet someone as long as you meet someone.
Generally, it starts with a smile and a hello.
The bigger issue, of course, is how to make things work after the smile, hello and first date. Hey — do they have an app for that yet?
- Where’s the most unusual place you met someone?
- Where do you “go” to meet potential romantic partners?
- What’s harder/more enjoyable — meeting people or the first date?
“Sara, I am not doing Black Friday with you,” I said a little too loudly on my phone as I walked Roxy.
“Oh, c’mon. It will be fun!”
“Getting up at 3 a.m. is not my idea of fun, unless Sean’s poking me and even then …”
“But you love shopping, Kat.”
“I don’t love it, but, yeah, I like me a good shopping ‘experience’ like any other woman, just not with hundreds of crazed shoppers around me. Anyway, I’m going small this year with the gifts.”
“Well, I need to get Todd something, and I have no idea what to get and how much to spend.”
“It will be near impossible to make a rational decision fighting the hordes half-asleep.”
“You’re right. OK, but … what do I get him?”
I’m a pretty good gift giver — I think. I listen throughout the year for the “I wish” and “I’d love to get,” and if it hasn’t been bought by year’s end that’s likely what Sean, my kids or my parents will find under the tree. Although I still think the best gifts are the ones you give throughout the year “just because,” not just it’s expected of you. The holidays make everybody crazy.
But when you’ve got a new love? I’m just as stumped as Sara is because you’re still learning about him or her. Until you come to an understanding about gift-giving patterns and expectations — is he a big-gift giver or a non-gift guy? Does he have a sense of who you are or did he buy you something some salesperson talked him into? — you have to give something. But, what?
I’ve made CD compilations in the past, but that’s not OK for everyone and might be considered cheap early on in a relationship. Plus, all that’s changed now because of technology. If he’s an iPad/iPhone guy, you can bet the CD and DVD players are long gone.
Lord knows we all have enough stuff, so I’m loathe to buy just anything. How many hat and scarf sets or leather gloves does a guy need? I prefer to give the gift of experience — a concert, a show, a getaway. Can’t do that early on in a relationship, though — it’s a commitment for a future day, and who knows if you’ll still be together or not?
Then there’s the price thing. How much do you spend on someone you’ve known for six months? A year?
And, do you even give a gift to someone who isn’t your boyfriend or girlfriend, someone you’re just seeing? That’s a tricky one.
Now, I’m easy to give for; cook me a dinner, arrange a picnic hike, tickets to a favorite band — I melt like buttah. Just don’t get me something sparkly; as I’ve written before, if a guy buys me jewelry, I know the relationship is doomed.
So, help me help Sara:
- If you’re a guy, what do you like to get as a gift?
- What truly matters more, the thought or the gift? (Be honest!)
- What would be inappropriate to get from someone you’re been dating six months?
- Does it bother you if someone you’re dating seems clueless about what you’d like?
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