I was instant messaging recently with M., an acquaintance working at a nearby tech company. He was telling me about his latest adventures in the wild, wacky world of dating. It seems that he had two perspective engagements to attend this past Saturday night. One was a company-sponsored winter bash with a woman who "everyone in the company is after", and the other was a party where there would be some lady friends of lady friends who actually appeared (scantilly clad, if I took his meaning right) in Maxim Magazine in attendance.
In the end, he opted for the choice from Column A -- the company bash. The evening went well... almost too well. M. originally was supposed to be a "safe", "just friends" escort for the evening -- his date is living with someone else working at the same company and they (apparently) can't be seen together due to office politics. It seems M. discovered that his companion is not comfortable in her current relationship, however. He also discovered that the two of them can have a lovely, fun, flirty evening out together. This has awakened a latent crush he's had on her going for some time back... where every musing about "oh, I wish I could meet someone like that" and every brushing of arm against arm is unconscious indication of mutual desire.
The poor boy. I think he's setting himself up for heartbreak. With my older set of eyes, I see that she's trouble all around... at least until she's figured out if she's going to break up with her roomate or not. Until then, M. is just going to be the "best bud" she's going to complain to while she continues to look elsewhere, or he's likely going to be that someone there to date before she's completely out of this relationship. Nonetheless, M. says he's stuck on her.
Oh, I was like this about 10 years ago. I'm so glad that those days are over. Thank you, Mrs. Geek.
on 2005-01-18 at 12:40 p.m.
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