Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Single Guy and the Shelter

The Single Guy made a last ditch effort to gain the attention of the Girl in the White SUV. He sent an arrangement of daisies along with another letter expressing his feelings toward her and his desire to take her to dinner sometime. Several days passed and the Single Guy received no response.

He thought that hearing nothing from the Girl in the White SUV would hurt more than it did. In fact, he was surprised to find that not hearing from her didn't hurt at all. He felt no heartache. He wasn't thrilled at the fact that he had spent close to $50 on flowers for a girl that wouldn't even bother contacting him, but he wasn't distraught over the loss of money either.

For years the Single Guy had been, well, single. He hadn't even attempted to put himself out there to see what possibilities the dating world had to offer. At some point he just decided that there was no point. He thought, Why should I make myself vulnerable just to get hurt in the end? Because that was all he had experienced. He had never experienced the joy and happiness that can come from being apart of a healthy relationship. He had only known the sadness and depression that comes with having one's heart broken.

He thought for sure that this time, after remaining sheltered for so long, that this small act of sending flowers would cause him to be vulnerable in a way that he hadn't experienced in nearly a decade. As it turns out, all that time away from the world of dating had the opposite effect. It should really come as no surprise that the Single Guy has become even more cynical than he was before.

So the fat lady can take the stage. She can sing her happy little heart out. The Girl in the White SUV is of the past and the Single Guy has washed his hands clean. And for some reason, he just can't seem to care. He's content with the fact that he tried to get this girl's attention. And it's not as if she was just any girl. She was pretty far out of his league. And for a while, he did get her attention. And he acknowledges the fact that he may not have struck while the iron was hot. But that's okay too. He refuses to spend any time second guessing himself or his decisions.

And now the Single Guy is thinking of getting himself out there a little more. His Assistant Branch Manager is a whiz when it comes to the social network. There are times when the Single Guy thinks of the Assistant Manager as a real life Barney Stinson. He's really not as Barney Stinson as Barney Stinson is, but he's pretty close. But the Single Guy has thought about inviting himself along sometime when the Barney Stinson hits the bars. And then he thought about it a little more.

For the vast majority of his 30 years, the Single Guy has lived a fairly sheltered life. That's not to say he hasn't experienced life at all. He's just been very careful about the decisions that he's made. So if Barney were to take him out and set him up with a woman that he knows, there's a good chance she would eat the Single Guy alive. Still, the idea is intriguing.


  1. wow, talk about going from one extreme to the other!
    you are gonna have to learn how to break some hearts if you want to hang out with the big dogs;)

  2. I think it calls for a HIMYM marathon, so you can pick up all of Barney's dating tips. Please try the one where he makes himself up as his future self and tells the girl that if she doesn't sleep with present-Barney, the world will end.

  3. two words for you ONLINE DATING!!!!