Saturday, March 10, 2012

Singlehood Saturday: The Arabic Teacher

Tune in each Saturday for random stories from my single life.
The good, the bad, and the cute.

The Arabic Teacher

So let me ask you a question... Why is it that your friends/acquaintances line you up with other single individuals based on your age?
Typical conversation:  "Oh how old are you?"..."Oh I have a brother/nephew/grandson/friend/cousin your age."
Okay so we're the same age. So turns out that for 12 years I went to school with people my age. I saw them every day. Rarely was that a recipe for success. So why would that be a determining factor for success as I get older? I just find that silly. Now, granted I'm not looking for someone like 10 years older than me, nor ten years younger, but you get my point.
So this was one of those situations. "Oh I want to set you up with my cousin. He's older too, and really fun.", says my 22 year old friend. :) I'm thinking, so why am I going to get along with him because he's older or because he's fun? But of course I agree. We plan a double date. My friend(male) is taking my best friends(female) niece, whom is 20, so it's not some crazy thing. So it should be fun. I know most the people going, aside from my date of course. Otherwise it wouldn't be a set up...(cough)
My friend sets up the whole thing, I never talk to said Arabic Teacher but that's okay. We plan on having dinner and doing something fun. We show up to his house around 7:30, I haven't had dinner yet. And if you know me, well I need to eat to stay chipper. We show up, he shakes my hand (classy! ha). We walk in and we find out we're making pizza... Um, do you know how long it takes to make pizza?! I didn't either! Like at least an hour! I was so hungry! While we were putting the toppings on I just kept eating pieces of cheese and ham that we cut up. It was delicious! Good thing we had a task to do because it was almost impossible to get this guy to talk and carry on a conversation. So I just resorted to involving the whole group. I'm all about making situations comfortable, awkward doesn't work for me.
Turns out that Mr. Arabic Teacher is quite smart, not only would he keep saying things in other languages(not to impress us, just things like 'gracias') but he'd also talk about things none of  us knew about. So I'd keep leaning into my BF's niece and saying "Is he speaking Arabic?" She and I just kept laughing. I don't think he liked it all that much. I think we said that at least ten times that night and busted up laughing every time. Better sooner than later they learn how loud my laugh is. Right?
After we finished eating he thought it would be fun to solve some riddles... Not your normal riddles, like number riddles. Ones that you look at and they just do not make sense. But he found this so fun. We were all just standing in his kitchen staring at this white board him and his roommates have on the wall with these random riddles on there, purposely made to stump people and make them mad.
Then my friend(male) took his date home so Arabic Teacher and I were left at his house. (oh! Because my friend and I drove down together since we had to travel for about 30 minutes.) So there we are just sitting in his front room with one of his roommates who had just brought a date over too. Now I sure hope that the two of us didn't look as awkward as they did. It was just sad.
But in spite of this all I tried to keep an open mind. He was nice, and a good guy, responsible, and not all too bad looking (okay so I wasn't attracted to him at all! But I was trying to not be shallow. Turns out I am... a bit...) so I thought sure I could go out with him again so I tried to be open to it and flirted (okay so not that much. Just a tiny bit. In fact I'm not really sure anyone watching would even qualify what I was doing as flirting.)
Turns out that wasn't necessary. He didn't say anything about us doing something again, nor did he even ask for my number. Ha! My friend said "What an idiot! Well next time I'll set you up with someone younger." Yeah, because his age was the problem....

Tune in next week for: What to do when you run into people you were set up with and never went out with again....

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