So I'd had a few phone conversations with impending blind-date "Doug". He'd gone to University of Southern CA for undergrad and graduate school, and spent those formidable years living in oh-so-trendy Manhattan Beach (a few beach towns from where I had lived after college, Santa Monica). 10 years later he moved back to Colorado and was now in Denver. So - the obvious connection - living in CA and CO.
He had lived in Manhattan Beach, how bad could he really be? :)
I'd been traveling a lot so we weren't able to align our schedules to meet for a while. Finally I was back in town and Doug was on the ball with getting something on our respective calendars.
We had a pretty funny conversation, and he lured me in with his unblinking bravado:
Doug: So what would impress you for a first date?
Carole: If the guy could complete a sentence. At this point in my life that would impress me.
Doug: *laugh* That's harsh! You've dated some losers, huh.
Carole: Oh I've trudged through a waist-deep mudslide of 'em. (I said sarcastically, of course!)
Doug: *laugh* You're funny. Ok.. so what would impress you? Are you adventurous, Carole?
Carole: Well, it would depend, but yes, I think so. (Don't worry, friends. I've been around the block a few times. I knew where that was headed. I was prepared!)
Doug: Can you be ready at 5:30pm? I'm going to pick you up...
Carole: Ummmm ok...
Doug: At the Boulder Airport...
Doug: Can I take you flying?
Carole: Can you take me FLYING???????
Doug: Yeah. I've had my pilot's license for 10 years. I fly all the time.
Carole: Holy crap. That would be a hard first date to trump!
Flying over University of Colorado (CU) Stadium .... so cool!!!
Props to my skilled and fearless pilot. Of course, I threw out all the appropriate and well-timed "Top Gun" quotes during the flight, especially when I talked him into doing a "Tower fly by". He especially laughed when I often ended my sentences with, "Roger that!"
I got props at the end of the night for my "adventuous spirit".
Cheers to that.