I'm saying goodbye 2013. Goodbye to the good, to the bad, to the sad, to the beautiful. I'm running towards the sunset and the snow with open arms and an open heart. I'm not looking back because I'm never going back. Wishing you all the bravery to do the same.
1. Do not be unoriginal
- An Englishman in New York
- An Australian in New York
- An Irishman in New York
We get it, You aren't from here and you're in New York.
- Hey :)
You lost me at boring.
- Hakuna Mattata
OMG. How? Why? I've seen this one more than three times
2. Do not pretend you're surprised to be here
- This app is crazy!
- This app is weird
- WTF is this?
3. Do not over/under explain
- Carpe Diem - Seize the Day
- That's my niece in the photo...
...One guy mentioned that the blond girl was his niece. Yet felt no need to explain why he was holding a giant machine gun.
4. Do not say it, show it
- Fluent in sarcasm
- Great sense of humor
- I'm outgoing, adventurous, and fun to hang out with
If you have to say it....it probably isn't true.
5. Do not use bathroom humor
- If you sprinkle when you tinkle be a sweetie and wipe the seatie.
6. Do not say dumb shit*
- When I was 19, I lost my virginity to a friend of my mother's who was twice my age. Mum doesn't know to this day, so zip the lip when you meet her.
*This rule applies to all previous rules
How did you meet? Tinder - Sydney, Australia
Height: 5' 10"
Occupation: Something cool with digital
Good quotes from date(s):
"Aussies don't like to complain." On Why Sydney's restaurant service culture is shit.
"I don't dress up." On what he'll wear to his circus themed company Christmas party.
Why is he still single? I don't know. He's divorced but I don't know how recently.
Did he pay for the date? yes
Did he contact you after the date? Yes, we're Facebook friends
How many dates did you go on? 1
Would you recommend to a friend? Yes, if you live in Oz
Fourteen hour work days were not conducive to setting up a date in Sydney, but during my last week I found an evening free to meet up with Steven. My first out-of-town date made me realize how great these out-of-town dates are. I had zero expectations and only hoped for good conversation.
Steven did not disappoint. He greeted me with a big hug and was very cute in a manly way with a salt and pepper beard, blue eyes and a sexy gap between his front teeth.
He choose one of the coolest cocktail bars in Sydney (apparently there aren't many because the pub culture still dominates), in a basement in the city center with a record store in front. Felt like Brooklyn.
This was the kind of date where the conversation was free flowing, with no awkward pauses, and no weird meta-moments where we talked about online dating or Tinder.
We touched on a bunch of other subjects like American versus Australian customs and manners, snowboarding, traveling, politics and personal life goals. Two of his are to run the NYC marathon and to snowboard-hop across the US with his brother.
We hugged goodbye and became Facebook friends. Maybe I'll wave to him next year when he runs by my house during the marathon.