I was hanging out last night with Marie, and the first thing out of her mouth was "how'd it go this week with grocery guy?"
Me-:"I avoided the grocery like the plague until Sunday. He doesn't work on Sundays. I was leaving my building, and as I stepped onto the sidewalk, he literally turned the corner into my path."
Marie-:"Great! Did you talk?" she was glowing with giddiness.
Me-:"I turned and ran in the other direction through the parking lot."
Marie-:"You need to say yes to him when he asks you out."
Me-:"He's not going to ask me out."
Marie-:"Trust me, he will."
Me-:"Here's what's wrong with that statement. A, he's too young like fifteen maybe even twenty years younger too young. And B, I'm not attracted to him. If he does ask, I have to say no. Which will suck because I know way too well what it feels like to be rejected. Or I'll end up feeling so crappy that I will say yes and get stuck in a situation that is bad for everyone."
Her happy glow seemed to slip a bit and I know she was thinking then of her own relationship and how she's not happy either in her current one. Didn't stop her from trying to talk me into going to the grocery with her though before they closed.
Marie-:"You need to get back out there and start dating again."
Me-:"Aware of that." I felt like saying I didn't need everyone around me to keep drilling that information into my brains.
Marie-:"Why not do a dating site then?"
Me-:"Done those in the past and they brought nothing."
Marie-:"Well, give it another try. Can't be that bad?"
I grabbed her laptop and pulled up a dating site that lets you do a search without having to sign up for it first.
Me-:"Let's see. Woman looking for man, 33 to 40, Caucasian, never married, no kids." she was still smirking while the thing did it's search. "No matches."
Marie-:"Widen your search."
Me-:"Fine. 32 to 41" The page then spun again and a few photos popped up. "Three. There are three men in the whole country who match. Two in Vancouver, one in Montreal."
Marie-:"Widen your search again."
Me-:"To what? That's all of Canada. And it's telling me there are only three men who match up." I was actually getting a bit pissed off at this point as we checked out their profiles. One was clearly older than he'd listed himself to be, another was dressed in hunting gear, the last one who was marginally good looking didn't have a single photo where he wasn't sitting in a bar.
Marie-:"Message this one."
Me-:"We're sorry, but you don't match their desired search qualities." Bar guy wanted someone who was a Catholic, the older one wanted someone under thirty, and the hunter just wanted someone in their area only.
Marie-:"Widen your search then." she literally opened her arms gesturing towards the walls.
Me-:"What part of that's all of Canada are you not understanding?"
Marie-:"The Canadian part. Expand into the states."
Me-:"And the point of that would be what now? If I can't afford to travel across the province to meet a man, how would I travel out of the country itself?"
Marie-:"Well, who says you have to travel to them?"
Me-:"I'm not going to win this am I?"
Marie-:"No, widen your search."