Ok so before you ask, I should warn you that I did not just have a date with Chris Penn or anyone else from the cast of Reservoir Dogs. And neither was there a Mexican stand-off at the end of my date – though there was some tequila involved.
Nice guy Eddie is so named as the guy I had a date with is just that – a totally nice guy. He’s actually a primary school teacher, one of his profile pictures is of him graduating, an extremely tall, slim black guy surrounded by a host of newly qualified white female teachers who all look quite delighted to have him in their midst.
Nice Guy Eddie (not his real name I hasten to add) is a date from the website, and thankfully none of his text-talk strayed into the borderline sexting of his ill-fated predecessor. This one seems like a real gent. He’s 40 years old, about 6ft 4 and relatively good looking without being so handsome that he’d be trouble – he also seems really sweet.
We arranged to meet in Shoreditch at a bar that’s usually quite rowdy on a weekend or Friday, but midweek it’s pretty quiet – in fact we’re one of only two couples in the whole place!
Nice Guy Eddie, is on time and true to form looks like his pictures which is always a relief! He’s very tall indeed, slim build and a quirky dresser – he’s dressed smart-casual in jeans with a flat cap which actually looks pretty hip. He’s grinning like a little boy when I meet him and straight away I feel at ease.
We go up to the bar where he orders a pint and I order my usual drink of Havana rum & coke, to which he looks at me all shame-faced and apologises for not ordering a ‘more interesting drink than beer’. He’s so sincere and endearing that I can’t help but smile at his worrying about what I think of his ‘unimaginative’ drink choices. I tell him it’s fine and we sit down to chat.
It turns out that I am popping his dating cherry as he’s never been on an internet date up until now. I promise him that I’ll be gentle and we continue chatting. Nice Guy has been single for about a year or so after a long term relationship went downhill – from the sounds of things his ex was taking advantage of his nice guy ways.
As we continue to talk I find out he has a big brother, who he tells me is very concerned about his going on dates with strangers… at times it feels like I’m out on a date with a naive 14 year old boy. He’s so sweet and innocent, all enthusiasm and excitement which makes me really like him – I just get the feeling I like him in the way one likes cute fluffy kitten videos on youtube. There’s a real temptation to say ahh in a cutesey voice before tickling him on the belly till he squeals.
Fortunately for everyone, before I give in to temptation he rushes off to the bar to get a more ‘interesting’ drink for us. He returns shortly with Patron XO café shots…. I am rendered momentarily speechless, before swiftly knocking our shots back (which are pretty darned good I might add).
I’ve never done shots on a first date in my life and I swiftly advise Nice Guy that it’s not standard dating practice as some girls might assume he’s trying to get them paralytic before having his wicked way with him – the mere thought of which in the context of Nice Guy Eddie could only mean staying out past curfew or possibly jaywalking – he’s just so unbelievably……nice.
And not even in a cringey way, he’s lovely, boyish, charming and endearing – which unfortunately doesn’t really scream MANLY. But I have to admit he’s great company. The whole time he’s like an excitable puppy dog that keeps chasing his tail and looks totally delighted at the prospect of seeing snow for the first time – not what you’d expect of a grown man turning 40. I’m beginning to see why his brother is so protective of him.
For the rest of the date, it’s almost like I’m giving him a lesson in internet dating etiquette, as he asks whether he’s doing things right or if he’s saying the right things. I assure him he’s doing fine – and he is, just not the right things for me (which I keep to myself – come on, I can’t be mean to this guy!).
At the end of the night Nice Guy Eddie walks me to the tube and I can see he’s hesitating over the whole do I kiss her before I go dilemma. I have to say as a woman, it’s actually quite nice not having to worry about that one, we can afford to just stand back and wait if we want. But what he does next really threw me.
We go in for the hug and it’s clear he’s decided to forego the awkward first kiss. He walks away about five paces, before running back to me giving me a peck on the lips and running away again.
And I’m just standing there like a girl who’s just been caught playing catch-kiss for the first time – totally bewildered and blushing like a twelve-year-old.
So that was Nice Guy Eddie – a thoroughly enjoyable date, just not sure if he’s gonna come out to play again or not – but I’ll give you an update on that next time, along with a tale of my next date with destiny.