Since I've been attending evening photography things, I needed a tripod. I head over to a local chain and tell the guy I need a tripod, but I don't want to spend a lot of money (because I don't have a job) but want something decent.
He showed me a couple, but I wasn't loving them, even in the $80 range. So I asked what he would recommend that was under $200, and he pointed me to this small, compact tripod with a ball head. The legs spread out nicely and had more movement than the cheaper models. I really liked this tripod but didn't love the price tag. Since I needed it for an event tonight, I couldn't even go home and review the product and find it cheaper elsewhere. I sucked it up and purchased it, knowing I would be using it quite a bit.
As the sales guy is ringing me up, he invited me to a BBQ at his place the following day (he learned I was new in town and that we lived just a few streets away). I asked if other people would be there, he said his children. He talked about a few other things and said, 'so how about it?'. I had no other plans so I said yes. He wrote down his telephone number and address. As I was leaving, he said "I can't believe I just asked a woman out".
Oh, was that what that was? Crap. He man was nice enough, but also appeared to be 55 - 60. I know I am getting older, but I still struggle with dating a guy that is more than 45. The whole car way home I kept thinking about if I should go or not. What would I bring over? If this was a date, I'd already be meeting his two teenage daughters. That seemed too much for me. Add in that I am from NY and am a bit skeptical of people and their interests...but, I moved out here, to meet friendlier people. But I still couldn't shake that he knew that I didn't really know anyone and that he invited me to his house, alone. Did I want to become a statistic and die a prisoner in his basement? Ok, so the odds of that happening are really low.
I looked to see if his number was a house or cell, it was a cell. So I blocked my number and called him, hoping he would not answer if he saw "private number" and the fact he was at work. So I left a nice message saying that upon further thinking, I was not ready to go to a strange man's house but I really appreciate the neighborly gesture in the invitation and that I hoped he enjoyed his day off.
So, after 10 days here (or really in 4 years), I was finally hit on...but not quite what I was expecting. I hope other guys here are secure enough to chat with me and I'll eventually start dating again.