Wow, where do I start?
The beginning, I suppose.
About two weeks ago I received a message from a handsome Latin lad on OkCupid. A rugged-looking, great smile with beautiful brown eyes that sparkle. He’s an ex-Cirque dancer who’s traveled the world and now single, living in LA and working in post-production for a large company in the entertainment industry. He liked my profile and wanted to see if I was interested in meeting up to ‘take a coffee.’ (The broken English is very cute.)
I think he’s really great-looking and sounds interesting, so we send a few messages back and forth over the next week, and eventually exchange numbers.
Last night he texts me to see if I was available to take that coffee – he would be in my area before having to meet a friend out. Perfect.
We decide to meet at a nearby Starbucks, and as I approach he texts “Here?” I respond that I’m crossing the street.
(Side note – texting the play-by-play the moments before arrival and meeting a stranger for the first time comforts me. Thanks to quick texts, you don’t have the be the dork in the coffee shop looking at every new person who walks through the door, thinking, is that them??? Are they still coming? Am I too early? Did they find parking? When will they get here?! :))
I see a man with a beard step out of Starbucks and look at his phone as I make my way across the street to yet another first date scenario. I’m feeling excited! The anticipation of who this new person could be in your life definitely fills your head each time, moments before every first date actually happens.
He sees me walk up and we hug and say hello. It’s the awkward, nervous moment that happens on all first dates.
“Good to see you! Should we go inside?” he asks. Thick Spanish accent. Nice! The beard is different, though. He didn’t have that in his main profile pic.
We walk inside and he asks me how my day was. I tell him it was good and he asks what I do for a living. I tell him and he’s interested. I then return the question and he tells me where he works.
“No way! I have a good friend who works at that company,” I tell him, and he immediately holds his head and says…”Oh no……”
Now, at this moment, we both start smiling. The next 10 seconds will be very telling…
He asks who it is. I give him her name and he immediately grabs his head and says, “Oh NO!!!!! You’re kidding me! Of COURSE I know her! Oh woww…..” SMH.
And then he looks at me and says, “Wait. You and I, we’ve actually met before. At that….that, um….show, in Hollywood.”
Sure enough, we had. The lightbulb clicked. This man and I have met, although very briefly, several months ago during Intermission at a play in Hollywood my friend (his co-worker) had invited me to.
But THEN….it ALLLLLL clicked for me.
This was the same man who my friend had the occasional…um, meeting, with. A casual work fling she’d told me about, with a hot Latin dancer guy who was all about the sex.
OH SNAP. This guy is her booty call.
So at this point, we’re both extremely red in the face. We’re laughing because it’s so awkward, and I’m DYING inside because I doubt he knows what I know. Oh boy. What do I do now?! And is this really happening?!
So I keep quiet, and as we try to maintain composure, about 2 people who are standing near us ask if we’re actually in line or not.
We were so caught off guard. I’m sure we were standing there like 2 idiots. He asks if I’d still like a coffee. I say yes, and we order our drinks.
As we wait for his Passionfruit Tea to be made, we still are just laughing and shaking our heads. “Awkward…” he says, over and over.
“Ok, right?! And what are the chances?! There are millions of people in this city and we end up meeting!” I marvel.
He agrees it’s pretty crazy, still clearly embarrassed and/or trying to figure out what info I actually KNOW about himself.
So we sit down and he laughs and says we should text her we’re here together. I laugh and say, “No, wait. Let’s take a selfie together and send it! She’s going to die….”
And die she did, as I sent that pic of the two of us to her phone – me, one of her good gfs, and him, her booty call – just chillin’ at Starbucks. On a first date.
Lord, help me. This city is too small.