Name: Much Older Anderson Cooper (Moac? haha)
Introduction Platform: Bumble. We messaged a few times, he called me on the phone and suggested we meet on the city trail over by [cool restaurant with lovely patio]. He told me that he wanted to walk with me on the trail to see if we had a connection and then maybe meet for drinks or dinner on a later date (kept reiterating that sitting on a patio is NOT for first dates…ooookayyyy. I think he just didn’t want to shell out any cash in case it didn’t work out).
Age: Profile said 59, but then when you click around and read into the profile it said 63, but then when I met him he looked and seemed more like 70!??? I know for sure that he’s older than 63. There’s nothing wrong with being older, I just wish he didn’t try to fool people with his profile. It’s jarring to see someone who’s so much older than their profile states.
Relationship Status: He beat around the bush a little on that one. The only thing that I got was that he’s single and available (possibly divorced, possibly widower). One grown child and one grandbaby.
Job: Geologist, but was in tech back in the day. I think he’s retired and doing consulting.
Lives: In a suburb close to a lake. Seems to be a big boating guy.
Length of Date: 30 minutes
We Did: Short walk on the city trail
He Looked: He’s very handsome…but he’s older than his photos. I’m guessing that 90% of the photos he posted in his profile were from 20+ years ago. Still, a full head of snow white hair which was stunning, beautiful dimples and a very fit, if not slim, body. A little smaller than I like.
I Looked: I’d planned my work outfit to be comfortable enough to go for a nice evening walk - but not to get sweaty! So I wore a breezy, flowy skirt, tank top and flat sandals. And yes, I brought the dog for the walk :)
Convo: Bad from the get-go. Nothing clicked conversationally. He’s a nice guy, but started off with rapid-fire questions that were all over the place. I sort of forced him to slow down so I could get an answer out and actually turned the conversation to where I was asking a lot of the questions, but…uuugghhh. This guy gave me anxiety!
High Point: Being outside. That was it. Not the sight of him or the walk or the talk was good or enjoyable. Martini didn’t even really like it.
Low Point: All of it. Nothing was really right with this date. I hate to say that because I like to think that I can pull something good out of every meeting, but I couldn’t from this. And I didn’t force myself to try.
How It Ended: I could tell that he wanted to go for a looooong walk as he asked to go in the “longer” direction. I knew it was going to get dark soon and told him that I really didn’t want to be walking on the trail after it got dark for various reasons (mainly, I didn’t want to be walking with HIM in the dark and it’s also dangerous after dark), so I asked if we could turn around after 15 minutes. He was agreeable and we went back to the spot where we met and stopped and looked at each other and I was like, “OK! BYE!!” And split!
Chances Are: No.
Date Rating: Fail.
Aftermath: Strangely, he sent me a text this morning with a screenshot of my FB profile. He told me that I came up as a friend suggestion and he told me that I seem “cool” and felt like we were both reserved yesterday. He suggested that we let our dogs meet at a different park where we could relax more and have better conversations. What?
Just sent him a text saying that I didn’t feel a connection and felt we both struggled a bit to communicate but wished him best of luck. Whomp. Whomp.