I don’t know about you but I don’t recall analyzing ads like these for their effectiveness during my marketing classes.
I don’t know about you but I don’t recall analyzing ads like these for their effectiveness during my marketing classes.
This is really over the top creative. Such a wonderful gift idea too! In this economy it is a great way to save some bucks, because you can buy men’s underwear in a three pack for less than half the price of a regular sports bra.
This is how I resolved all conflict with my ex husband:
Yep, no Ex, no problems. I would not, however, advise this approach for the casual dating relationship. Disposing of the remains can be tricky and awkward. But when used on a very infrequent basis this problem solving approach can supply one with enough stew meat to last for months and you’ll never want for authentic looking Halloween decor.
Wide awake while everyone else is sound asleep.
Tossing and turning, physically and mentally, I get up to get a drink of water and turn on the computer.
I should read a book instead since the computer won’t help me sleep and reading a book in bed is warmer.
I could have used a really wild, blow-your-brains out party last night.
I don’t party, I’m not like that, but I could have used something last night or early this morning or right now.
Or…how about this…
Silence greets me in the still morning hours.
Everyone slumbers while I lie awake tossing, turning, unable to doze.
Getting up, I choose the computer instead of a book, I need to post something here today anyway.
I approve some comments, play with words, begin to feel that sweet drowsy feeling creep forward from behind my eyes.
I’m going back to bed.
Last one there’s a rotten egg!!!!
Curtains rise, lights up full center stage spotlight on The Wild Mind who is dressed in tight jeans, flattering trendy top, pumps with stilletto heels, hair perfectly coifed and make up on. Cue happy music playing softly in the background. The Wild Mind addresses the audience.
I am really grateful that now there is complete closure not just with The Beau, but the I.J. (Yes, we had a “conversation” also in the last two weeks. I haven’t written about it because it was a little sad and I’ve been too busy writing and doing other things).
Dating is a different world now in Post-40 World than it was in Post-20 World. Okay, if it is still the same world it was back then, then I’ve been dealt a new hand and the cards suck in this one. Furthermore, when I was younger, I had more time to regroup the losses both emotionally and financially, I am not so young and not so cavalier about the consequences of poor choices.
I now know that one’s choice of a marital or romantic partner can affect your life forever, even long after they leave the scene.
It’s a high stakes game and I’m betting all or nothing on the best possibility for relationship, not just something that’s good enough or nice enough because I’m tired of being alone.
I am emotionally free from wondering if , maybe, when, how, what if anything will happen with The Beau or anyone else that is not knocking down my door or heating up my phone to connect with me. I just know it won’t happen for me with someone who is merely lukewarm.
Even if it doesn’t work out with the Old Flame and The Beau, what’s he going to do? Come back and knock on my door and say, “Hey, you’re the lucky first runner up. Old Flame couldn’t fullfil her pageant responsibilities. Want to give it a go?”
Thanks, but that’s not exactly how I see my fairy tale playing out. I don’t know how exactly how I do see it playing out, but I’m fairly certain that scenario is not on the list.
So, to take The Beau’s and many of my readers’ and friends’ advice and especially my sister’s (she’ll so love this!) I’m going to use this last episode with The Beau as more than just an experience to do some creative writing. I’m going to use it as an experience to reflect and further clarify for myself where I’m at and how I’m doing. Let’s see if I can do it in 10 points or less. Here we go.
The Points (not in any particular order):
Lights out. Curtain falls.
The End, Yes, Finally, The End!!!!
Curtains rise on The Wild Mind staring pensively off in stage left direction. Lights up. The Wild Mind wakes herself from her reverie, takes a sip from the mug, put it down absent mindedly and resumes typing at her computer.
Who can even fight fair against a ghost? I had no chance to start with.
This brings up another key point that I wish I’d known all along:
The Beau started up contact with the Old Flame at the same time or shortly before he invited me to Christmas Eve dinner. I had no chance from the beginning, because as long as she was even a remote figment in his imagination, I could have been perfect and it wouldn’t have mattered. The living cannot compete against ghosts who still live and carry even the smallest hope of reincarnating themselves.
In a word, The Beau, was not emotionally available. Not really.
I suspected it but I did not know this. He liked me a lot. Had she not even been a possibility, I dare say we may have had a chance at a really, really good thing. But it could not ever be, because ghosts are powerful and will not be denied.
It just was not meant to be between The Beau and I. I’m okay with this. I told him so. I know there is someone out there for me somewhere. (I’m skeptical, at this point, about my ever finding him, but that’s okay too.)
The Beau wants to remain “friends”. He said he’d hoped he could be that friend that I call first to tell him I’ve finally met Mr. Right. While I don’t want to burn bridges unnecessarily, but I never wanted The Beau to play that role in my life. (Sorry, but that will probably be Semi-Professional Photographer Friend and not you, Beau. I already have friends like that in my life. That was not what I was looking for or what I needed when I started dating you. If it had been, you’d have been contacting me on Facebook the first time not on an online dating site.)
I told him that while I’m usually able to do be friends with people I date, I don’t think I can do that here. At least, not right away. He understands this to mean that I am sad, hurt and heartbroken that he’s choosing her over me. It really isn’t so much that at all. It was that this relationship, more than any other to date, for me, had all the signs of being completely viable and lasting…except that he just wasn’t that into me…in the most important way.
And, I so don’t want to be with someone who is into me,kinda, but just not enough. I want him to be crazy about me or it’s not going to go very far even if I’m crazy about him.
I also don’t want to be competing against unburied ghosts from the past. It is not how I’m going to roll.
My disappointment comes from knowing I was right early on and not trusting myself earlier and just moving ahead with my heart. Instead, I kind of dabbled and played the “Well…Maybe….What if?….” game.
My sadness (if there really is any) comes from thus far in my entire life, not having one man who would really go to the wall for me in spite of me going to the wall repeatedly for them. Two marriages which existed mostly because I made excuses for the men and held the marriages together at my own personal health and financial peril are enough. The dating scene has been no better. I’ve mostly met men who should not even be dating because they are a.) married and lying about it (read, The I. J.), b.) separated and working on it (read, still not available emotionally or legally no matter what he thinks or says) or c.) still in love with a past relationship that didn’t, won’t, or can’t work out (read The Beau and several current prospective suitors who are making bids for my time and attention but who haven’t quite thrown the dirt over the grave of their past loves). The graveyard of past loves is not a safe place to go exploring for Mr. Right.
This is all very confusing, because there is no way you know this going in to a relationship except by being very careful and paying very close attention (something I’m getting much better at doing), and there is no way you can possibly compete with the past or connect fully with the unavailable heart, while you’re there. When you get out, you regret the whole bloody thing because the playing field was never level from the get go and it was just a big waste of time, except to confirm to you what you already knew about love, life and dating anyway. Who needs to experience all that just to find out you were right all along? I’d rather paint ceilings with rollers.
While I am disappointed (not distraught) on one one level that ” it “didn’t work out with The Beau and I, I really enjoyed our times together and I learned a lot. It’s always nice to be in a relationship or to be thinking you might be heading that way. On another level, I can do so much better than to spend my time wondering where I stand all the time. I go back to my very opening point in these series of posts: When a man is into a woman, no one has any doubts about it, least of all the woman or man involved. Am I making myself clear here. I hope I remember that point.
The Beau, was courageous in talking to me about where he stood. I admire that. I gave him an out. He could have taken the chicken’s way out and responded to my text with, “Yeah, I’m not going to be able to make it. I’m wiped out.” Given the FB communiques it would have delivered the same message. He chose not to do that and instead delivered the message the tough way: face to face. I just wish it wasn’t in my living room, but okay. Live and learn. Next time, when I anticipate that news, I will suggest we go out, better yet, I’ll try to force a phone conversation.
Cue happy musical score as curtains fall. The Wild Mind leans back in her chair and smiles.
To be concluded in the next post…
Continued from previous post….
Sure enough, The Beau met Old Flame on Thursday night in San Francisco (liar, his phone was not off, duh!)
The Beau then took about 25 minutes to tell me something that really only required 5 minutes discussion and which I already knew anyway. I kept wanting to interrupt and say, “Cut to the chase, please” but I refrained due to the remote possibility that I could be wrong and he could be telling me that he finally once and for all put it on the shelf with the Old Flame and wanted to move forward with me.
I now understand the very definite advantage to going silent. If someone is going to give me that kind of news, I’m not sure I ever want to sit through half an hour of hearing about how much fun they have with someone who is not me in what happens to be my favorite city in the whole world. That was the most painful part. Da** him! Now I have to pick another favorite city.
Apparently, The Beau and Old Flame (who is, get this, almost 21 years younger than he..I so knew my being only 11 years younger was an issue for him) picked up where they left off, but since she’s living with a fiance of 5 years that she’s supposedly leaving, and because she lives in Texas, there are complications. Even so, before leaving her on Friday, he told her “If you’re leaving him, I’m interested in pursuing us.”
This, from a man, who couldn’t make a 90 minute twice a month commute work out with someone who has no five year live in fiance still in the picture.
Yeah. Like I said: When a man is into a woman….he knows, she knows and there is no obstacle too great.
Okay, so none of this came as any surprise to me, though it was painful because it was so disappointing on so many levels. I really liked The Beau. He travelled easily and by this I mean, he fit seamlessly (from our perspective) into our family. I absolutely know, and I speak with confidence from experience not from arrogance or wishful thinking, that we could have blended our families so easily. There was just a high level of mutuality, compatibility, communication and willingness to negotiate without giving ourselves completely up. And we agreed on expectations for behavior from the kids. He also had a wonderful way of calling the kids out respectfully, humanely and without overstepping his bounds, something that is such a must have for me. I think that is important in a relationship but especially when kids are involved.
But for all that The Beau really liked about me and he did “like” me, I was, for him, what the I.J. was for me. Everything, EVERYTHING about me for him stacked up in the “works for me” category for him, except one very important thing: chemistry (while we had it in spades, or so it appeared, it just wasn’t what he had with the Old Flame) .
In addition, The Beau simply was not emotionally available because he had a ghost from his past that just wouldn’t die. He has to follow his heart. I get it. I do wish him all the best.
I did tell The Beau this, “Remember way back when I told you my When A Man Is Into A Woman Philosophy and you disagreed with me?”
I continued, “You just proved my point. You think nothing of trying to pursue something in Texas, when 90 minutes killed you with me. When a man is really into a woman….” I let my voice drift off.
What could he say?
I told him, he needed to follow his heart ( like he needed or cared about getting my permission) and that I totally understood. (I really do understand and I wouldn’t want him hanging anywhere near me if any part of his heart is still somewhere else.) I told him that I am disappointed but only because the way he feels about the Old Flame, is how I someday hope someone will feel about me and vice versa. I am unwilling to settle on that score. I reminded him that this is what I was trying to tell him a month ago, when the status of our “whatever we had” changed. I also told him, that I predicted he’d be married to her by the end of the year. We shook on it.
I also told him I was removing him and her from my Facebook. Not because I’m angry, but because I don’t need daily reminders that I came in second. Not that love and romance is a competition. It isn’t. I don’t view it that way. But I do not need reminders daily that I spent the last three months entertaining the idea there might eventually be something, when in fact, there never was the remotest possibility. Ghosts who are not dead are fully capable of reincarnating themselves. The real and vibrant living have absolutely no hope against the imagination especially when it centers around ghosts from the past and thoughts of what could have been. In dating situations like this the the playing field is just.not.level.
Cue sad, romantic music. Lights gradually dim as The Wild Mind sitting pensively at computer (stage right), picks up coffee mug, leans back in her chair and stares thoughtfully into space (somewhere stage left). Curtain drops on Act 2 as music fades.
To be continued…
Opening score fades as curtains rise and lights up on scene set stage right of a small cozy but humble study. A small desk with laptop computer and comfy but worn office chair, a coffee mug, lamp some papers, pens, neatly arranged are the only props. The Wild Mind sits in the chair attired only in casual lounge pants and a snugly fitting camisole. Her hair is in a messy bun and one leg is pulled up onto the large but worn office chair in a yoga-esque fashion. She begins typing and reading aloud as music fades.
There are a million blogs out there that address the fact that women are confusing, game-playing, bling-seeking, brats who expect men to jump unreasonably through hoops before they’ll give it up.
I propose that men are confusing, game-playing, sex-seeking brats, and some of them want bling and sammiches on top of that. And, in addition, some of those lovable brats are liars and dishonest, even though they are completely unaware of it. That’s because they are lying to themselves.
I propose there are good reasons for both these conditions to exist. It is called emotional survival and pain aviodance. It isn’t a great way to do things, but many people, myself included behave this way. Or they have, maybe, at one time or another.
Next, while I’ve been villified for villifying those who go silent or who are “just not that into” me and who demonstrate it by going silent, I maintain my stance that when a man is really into a woman, he knows it, she knows it, the world knows it and he will cross distance, time, space (or work very hard to close the distance, time and space) to make it work between them.
Cue image of The Wild Mind with thought cloud above head and image of The Beau inside it. The Wild Mind continues typing. Images appear on the large screen behind her as she continues reading.
Yes, the Beau.
A brief recap here is in order to bring all two of my readers that I haven’t talked to in a while up to speed. And…mostly for me to sort it all out so I can just move on.
I met The Beau through an online dating site. The Beau contacted me in October, I believe. This last October.
Now, last fall I did a really stupid thing at the end of the summer and signed up on a couple of internet dating sites. I do not know why I did this. It was a week or two before school started, I was learning a new job and that time of year is insane for me anyway, so I’m not sure why I did such an idiotic thing when I knew I wasn’t going to have time to breathe, let alone date. I also knew that I wasn’t really in a great place emotionally to date, since, well, I was still pretty ticked off with the whole going silent phenomenon anyway. And, while I now see the benefit of going silent, both for the party who goes silent and the one they disappear from, I still think it is the more cowardly approach. More about that later.
So, in October, the Beau contacts me. We correspond for the usual customary few emails and then got together for coffee. We liked each other right away and he mentioned he had things to do but he wanted to get together for cocktails later that evening…if we could. He said he’d call me later.
He went out on more coffee dates with women that day.
I went to a bookstore and bought a book.
We got together later that same day for cocktails, had a great time. Truly, with The Beau, we never lacked for conversation, which is a real turn on for me. I later found we could enjoy those comfortable silences too, a double turn on.
The Beau and I, for some reason or another did not begin dating until December. It was a miscommunication, a misunderstanding but we didn’t date, till December. I was kind of corresponding with someone at that point who was pretty interesting and simply needed to follow that out till he went silent on me after meeting me one time (yeah, ugh). By December, all that had played out and out of the blue, in response to a post I wrote about being alone on Christmas Eve, The Beau contacts me, invites me to his family for dinner on Christmas Eve, which I accepted and we really hit it off.
We spent most of the holiday break together.
Thus began the dating season with The Beau which lasted till roughly late January, early February, where I began sensing that he wasn’t all that into me.
How did I sense this? After all that time together (six weeks or so) he still was talking about old flames. He spoke of his two ex wives without bitterness or regret, but he also mentioned two old flames, which concerned me because of the way, in which he spoke of them. Girls, you know what I’m saying here. When a guy talks about another woman in a way that makes you wonder “if she were standing here next to me, would he even be with me?”, you know there’s a problem.
In addition, while he did call me daily, I began to sense that it was more out of a sense of duty rather than desire. He also began taking more time on other friends rather than keeping or making arrangements with me.
He also continued saying stuff like how impossible the 90 minute distance was, how he’s building a house, I’m entrenched here, how’s this ever going work, yadda yadda.
Finally, after two free weekends, where I drove 90 minutes to be with him, on the third free weekend, when I said nothing about plans he neither invited me up nor offered to come to see me.
So, I surmised that he was not all that into me. I talked about it with him. I was right. He wasn’t all that into me, but he wouldn’t admit that to me. We decided to go our separate ways, but strangely we kept in touch.
We went out for cocktails one night when he was in town for business and had a great time.
He texted and emailed me occasionally.
A couple of weeks ago, when I was out of town for business, he invited me over for dinner on my way home. I stopped in, he grilled steaks, made a fabulous meal complete with appetizers, salad, martinis, wine, chocolate dipped strawberries (I mean who goes to that trouble if they aren’t interested, right?) and we spent a long fun evening together. It was VERY fun. I didn’t spend the night because I had to be back at work (and I wouldn’t have anyway…but he did his level best to convince me to).
That night, with my help, he set up a Facebook account and added me as his first friend.
The next morning his old flame was also added as his friend and she added me which I was suspicious of but I confirmed the add anyway. After all, she lives in Texas and a 90 minute drive to see me was a dealbreaker for us. What could it hurt?
This last week, he was in Arizona watching spring training games for one of his favorite teams. This is something he does every year. Something he invited me to go with him to, which I declined. After going to the games in Arizona, he flew back to Northern California with his son for a few days before returning home to go out with me last night to see my daughter’s performance. This was something we’d pre-arranged way back in January.
On Facebook, gotta love it, I notice Old Flame is going to be in Northern California the exact same time The Beau is going to be in Northern California.
Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what is going on there.
So Thursday night, after not hearing from him since the beginning of the week, I texted him saying, “Hey, maybe your plans or thoughts about Saturday night have changed. If they have, I totally understand, but please let me know, so I know how to plan.”
I get no response. Not that I was sitting around waiting. I was busy doing my own thing, but by Friday afternoon, I realized I’d not heard anything from him and I texted him again. He responded with, “My phone was off, plans are still on for Saturday night. I’m looking forward to it.”
Saturday night. I’m working backstage at my second oldest’s performance, playing hall monitor for the stage right stairwell. It absolutely rocked, especially since during several numbers I could sneak up the stairs and with my head about 12 inches above the level of the stage, peek out and see Briggs singing and dancing her heart out. That was a far better and more close up view of her performance than the matinee when I sat in the second row front and center. But I digress, more about that later, if I can get pics.
While I was working backstage, The Beau was sitting in the audience with my other three children.
After the performance, we presented Briggs with her dozen red roses, took pics and leaving Briggs to do her clean up and staff party, headed back to the house. Once at my house, I hustled kids off to bed, but I’d tipped off Number 1, that I was probably going to hear some news that was going to be disappointing where The Beau was concerned so she headed off to her room early also.
Cue foreboding musical score. The Wild Mind speaks directly to her audience.
You know where this is going don’t you? You, like I, probably knew several paragraphs before this.
The Wild Mind freezes in position while lights black out. Curtains fall.
To Be Continued …
I’ve hit upon the final list of expectations I have for Mr. Right. Get ready. Here it is:
1. He must be male.
2. He must be breathing (and within legal and respectable age limits…no I am not going to date someone who just turned 21 nor am I going to date someone living in an assisted care facility.
3. He must be available, physically, legally, and emotionally.
More about all of this later, but I am completely spent. It has been an exhausting, crazy, disappointing ,frustrating and happy two days and I am tired.
I’ve had enough of this day…it was like three days in one and I feel I aged that much too.
I am going to bed.
Don’t wake me.