If you don’t count our first six-minute meeting as a first date (and I don’t), then Gary and I have our second date coming up this Saturday night. We have spent quite a bit of time, considering my personal schedule, doing the whole instant message, e-mail and phone call thing. It’s starting to feel a little like a relationship. A little.
This second date, as I’ve mentioned, is a charity benefit dinner at a hotel outside of Boston. I’m just a teeeeensy bit concerned about how dressed up I’ll need to be, even though he called the sponsor of the event which reported that we should dress “for a nice dinner out”.
Well, I don’t really do a lot of “nice dinners out”. And certainly not on a second date! But a friend loaned me three dresses, and I’m still trying to decide which one I like the best, and feels the best. But that still leaves:
Shoes – I own a pair of low heeled black pumps which is probably what I’ll wear, and end up looking far too frumpy in. But I don’t feel comfortable in higher heels, and Gary is only about 5 inches taller than me anyway, so I don’t want to zoom up too far. Total – no money, only stress (so far)
Make-up – I don’t wear it, but I bought some: mascara, foundation, lipstick and eye shadow (CVS was having a BOGO sale, what can I say?) I do need to practice a little beforehand though. Total – $15
Clutch Bag – I don’t really carry a purse, and even if I did, it probably would be out of place at an event like this. Total – $15
Earrings/Necklace – OK, so I didn’t really need this, and maybe I’ll return it. But I bought a “diamond” earring/necklace set at Target this morning that will look great. Total $12
Nylons – It’s been so long since I wore any, I had to buy some. Total $3
Babysitter – this is where it gets hairy. What would you pay a 16 year old girl (the daughter of my closest friend from college)? I pay the 13 year old down the street $5 an hour and the adult I have used after hours $10 an hour. I was thinking closer to the $5 rate for the 16 yo, but my friend (her mother) said she thought her daughter would think that was too low, and suggested more like $8. And I’m thinking if that’s the case that this will be a one time thing! Isn’t that more than she would make at a “real” job? Where they take out taxes and everything? (I should also add that friend and her daughter live in the hoity-toity town while we live in the blue collar “city”). Total: roughly 6 hours at whatever rate I end up paying, let’s call it $50
Grand Total: $95
Yikes! I’m not sure I’m glad I did this adding-up thing, since I’ll probably also offer to pay for any cocktails we have, since he is springing for the $75 pp tickets to this thing. A pretty expensive second date!
The thought of a kiss at the end of the evening?