Remember a while back I mentioned that I was conducting tutor sessions with one of my students at a McDonalds? Well we have since moved up in the world. Happy Meal hour became less appealling, and a few weeks ago, we moved up the road to a Starbucks. The whole tutor-at-roadside-establishment business strikes me as not the ideal, but I just blame it on him for living in the boonies...
Anyway, this Starbucks we've been meeting at is actually a pretty cool place for such things. In fact, I've noticed that many of the other patrons are there to study, conduct interviews, work on group projects, and .... blind meet up?
Maybe not so much the blind meet up part, I just experienced one such thing last week.
My student and I were sitting there, tuting away. He was doing a short quiz, and I was acting busy when I noticed a man walk in. He approached a woman who was sitting by herself.
She stood up, and they went through this, sort of, "Hi, I'm Jane. Are you Tarzan?" ritual (names have been changed). They hugged and each seemed a tad bit nervous. They then made their way out.
It seemed clear to me that the two were on a date. It also seemed clear that they had never met in person before. Possible internet dating match? Both were in their young 30's I'm guessing, nice looking enough.
My student was still quizzing away, so I watched as they left. Both had a bit of nervousness and unsureness in their expressions. One thing I noticed is that Jane, while not an overly large woman, was taller and just "bigger" than Tarzan. Again, she was attractive and appropriately dressed - jeans, leather jacket and boots, cute jewelry. Tarzan was a bit on the short side for a man and could've used a little more meat on his bones - just my own assessment - but a nice enough looking guy. He was also in jeans and a leather jacket.
I've heard some horror stories from people who have tried online dating sites, and this meet up I witnessed actually didn't look too bad. It struck me to wonder if the uneasiness I sensed in each of their faces was about the "size issue". Don't people give physical descriptions of themselves before meeting in real life?
Personally? Me? I prefer the man be taller than me. It's never been much of an issue since I'm 5'5". And, just to include an issue Jerry brought up recently, I also prefer that the man makes more money than I do. Not a big deal on that one and probably just my old fashionedness showing.
I'm wondering how others feel about these things. I'm also wondering how that date went.