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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Isabella’s ramblings: Goodbye to my fantasy date ]

Isabella’s ramblings: Goodbye to my fantasy date

WHO am I kidding? Last week I’d changed leaf and was going to live in the moment. This week I’m struggling to remember exactly how one does that. I know it was never meant to be easy, but try bloody impossible, especially when it’s about someone you fancy the pants off.

I know, I know: I’m supposed to be off men. I’m supposed not to be bothered that my disastrous date was so disastrous. I don’t know who I’m trying to kid, you or me. Since my date, I haven’t been able to get this guy out of my head. I’d hoped he might ring me again because although I claim to have been put out by the whole ordeal, there were aspects of it that were great fun and promised potential. In fact, I have been kind of hoping for a part deux, but as yet there doesn’t seem to be one in sight.

I keep telling myself to live the moment and that if he calls, great. If he doesn’t, well it was never supposed to be, and my grandmother is looking out for me from up above. It’s really hard to do that though, when I don’t know what it was I did or said or didn’t do or didn’t say to put him off.

Did I have too much perfume on? I remember it overpowering me in the car and wanting to cringe at the thought of him wondering if I’d sprayed on the entire bottle. Was it the fact that I’d put on five kilos since we’d last met up? Was it the fact that my hair was straight as opposed to wavy this time? Was it that I looked too dolled up which meant I had put a lot of effort into impressing him? Was it that I wasn’t as tall as he’d remembered? Did my legs look chunky? Was it the fact that I became tongue-tied and therefore my answers to his questions sounded very boring? Was it the fact that because I was so nervous I was unable to bring him out of himself and to get him to open up a little about himself?

Whatever it was, I’m now left wondering what it could have been. I’m also really gutted that I have to let go of the fantasy of him, which over the past three years has been a great comfort. There’s nothing like a fantasy to get you through the hard times, especially when like me you tell yourself that fantasies can and will come true.

I’ve basically reached the conclusion that the reason for his indifference during the date and his now voluminous silence is most likely based on my looks: he just wasn’t into me.

My girlfriends would say he’s not worth it if he’s that superficial, but I disagree. Looks do matter and that’s a fact. It would be superficial if we were together several years and he fell out of love with me because I’d gained weight or got a bad haircut, but when it comes to first impressions, looks count. It might sound cruel, but as a general rule I’d say it holds true. Okay, so some people are slightly fussier than others, but at the end of the day it’s about chemistry and if it’s not there, it’s not there and there’s really nothing you can do about it.

I can’t actually say I felt the chemistry either, because by the time he’d answered his third text message I was already well on the way to considering tipping my food into his lap and walking off. The irony is he made a comment when I decided to whip out my own phone and send a message to a friend informing her what a disaster my much looked forward to rendezvous was turning out to be.

Unlike the imaginary date I’ve had with him in my head over the years, there were no compliments about how ravishing I looked, how I took his breath away, or how mesmerising my ‘lovely’ eyes were (a word he used to describe them when he called to ask me out and said he remembered what I looked like). In fact in the fantasy there’s also a marriage proposal with a whopper from Graff, but even I was able to accept that wasn’t likely to happen on our first date.

The whole thing was awkward from start to finish. Looking back I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised because it was a blind date pretty much. I honestly couldn’t remember him from three years ago and I seriously doubt he could remember me. He claimed initially that he would have recognised me had he seen me in the street, but if that were the case then why give the impression that he’d rather have been anywhere but with me during dinner? He said it was because he’d had a late night and was tired. I say that’s bullshit and that had I made an impact he’d have found the energy to behave better.

He said being tired made him grumpy. I said that was acceptable if you were with someone you’ve known for years, not if you were with someone you’d just met. Or at least not someone you were meeting for the first time and supposedly wanted to make an impression.

A close friend of mine thought the fact that we shared a dessert was romantic. I say the fact that he ate all the best bits of the banofee was selfish. I also think he was eating dessert because he was so disappointed in the date that he was doing a bit of comfort eating. It was either that or nerves from the way he wolfed it down but I suspect more the former. Somehow he didn’t seem the nervy type.

So how do I think this is going to turn out? I really don’t know this time. All I know is he shares the same star sign as the w***er banker and the f**kwit. Does that mean I should run a mile? Or were those two a practice run for what could turn out to be the real thing?

I mean could this flash from my past be ‘The One’? Could he really just have come across as indifferent because he was so thrown by my beauty and didn’t know how to behave other than bored? My thoughts exactly. Not bloody likely.

Oh well, like I said last week, we all need at least one appalling date to tell the grandchildren about. Besides it’ll prepare me for the real thing when it comes round, which I just know is around the corner. I feel it in my bones.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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