Date: 2018-02-10 11:58
When my dad first asked out my mom, she told him to get lost and started to shut the door in his face. He stopped it with his foot and asked, “What time am I picking you up?” In today’s sensitive cultural climate, that would be met with pepper spray to the face and a swift kick to the testicles.
And he wanders off into the crowd.
Robert Dodge, a former Washington correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, is an independent writer and photographer in Washington.
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My mother, the queen of cheesy sentiment, gave me a mug that reads: “Love is like a butterfly if you turn your attention toward other things it will come and softly sit on your shoulder.” But the problem is that few of us have time to wait — especially in Washington, where the pace is relentless. You have to get out your net and hunt down that damn butterfly. Sure, I’d hoped my story would be an old-fashioned one. I met him in a coffee shop. He smiled and commented on my choice of book. It went from there. Slowly, cautiously.
When people see us at our best and most couple-y, the question I’m asked most often (by single women) is, “How’d you do it?” That’s understandable, considering that I literally wrote the book on being forever alone, called “Bitch Is the New Black.” It’s not the sort of title you mention on a typical meet-cute, which, of course, is exactly what happened.
I decided to make myself mostly immune to the local lesbian epidemic of comfort-zone dating. (Two of my exes are within six degrees of each other, but I was involved with them at different times in my life, and anything after a month in lesbian time is the equivalent of two years.) If everyone was going to one spot for drinks, I’d go to another. If no one approached other women, I’d strike up conversations first. If the trend was to date the BFF of your ex, I didn’t.
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Anyone who can’t see past my love of cheesy TV shows, a new tattoo or my dedication to adult books is welcome to move right along, no harm done. This new angle makes bad dates hurt less and the good ones all the more thrilling.
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