Most relationships start with dating - the time when you get to know the other person. However, when you are talking to someone a few states away...that makes dating a little harder.
After all our talking, I decided to ask Mountain Man if he'd like to have a virtual date with me...dinner and a movie. We'd eat the same thing and watch the same movie at the same time. He was intrigued.
On Saturday evening, we each ordered Chinese food and we watched Dead Man Down. We hit play at the same time, and tried to pause when we had to get up so we'd finish about the same time.
During the movie there were a few texts, but nothing crazy, "what a first date!", an "ooohhh, wow, I didn't expect that" or "...answer to your question at minute 37:18".
The concept of dinner and a movie was good. With the time difference, I ate dinner a bit later than normal. Unfortunately, somehow we kept getting out of sync with the movie. At one point I was on pause for 20 minutes when he caught up....then at the end he managed to get 15 minutes behind me. I am not sure how that kept happening, I know he had to rewind a few seconds here or there to hear a line better.
When the movie was over he called me and we talked about the movie and if we liked it or not. We both enjoyed the movie quite a bit.
Not sure how to gauge if the date was successful. I enjoyed the movie and chatting with him. Do I feel like I know him better because of it? No. But, by sharing an event I feel somehow closer to him, in the sense that he isn't so far away. If anything we are building a really nice friendship.