I waited a couple of days for The Winemaker to follow up with plans for a date, and when that didn’t materialize*, I went back to the trenches: the endless, repetitive profiles of either seemingly awesome or terrifyingly repulsive men on match.com.
Suddenly, there is something new. Someone has added me to his “favorites” list.
Someone, obviously, with very discerning taste.
Someone who has not contacted me, though.
Maybe someone needs a little encouragement.
I can do that.
I read his profile and he likes to travel and wants to do more of it (me too!); he likes to cook and wants to learn to do it better (me too!); he read The Help (me too!). I fire off a quick email.
He replies really, really quickly. He has lots to say … about his cheesemaking classes, about every single topic I mention in my profile, about The Help, about traveling by cruise, and please write back.
I do write back, a day or so later, but really only have the energy to address about half – or less – of the ground he’s attempted to cover in his response to me.
He writes back, again, quickly – and again, at great length. He tells me about how he makes ice cream all the time and asks my favorite flavor. He tells me how he reads a lot because he listens to audiobooks in his car during his commute, which is an hour each way. He tells me about all the groupons he’s bought for various adventures and he’s just dying to use them – with someone.
He’s about to start a two-week vacation over the Christmas holiday – more of a staycation, since he isn’t actually going anywhere, nor does he seem to have any plans, although he makes some passing remarks about finishing up his divorce paperwork.
I verify that his wife has moved out, and learn that he lives out in the country – on five acres in a town with … not much in it. He owns a tractor. He and his wife tried to sell the house, evidently, for a couple of years, but what with the market the way it is – and not a lot of people want five acres in the country.
Myself included, I think.
*That was over two months ago as of this writing. He still logs in daily. What I can’t figure out is, why?