Flirty Banter with the Boy I Asked to Set Me Up

7:06 PM me: BOY BOY

7:20 PM BOY: may day

me: i need a fun setup. can you help me out?

BOY: ummm…fun
do i know anyone fun

me: you must

7:21 PM BOY: let me think on it

me: okay

BOY: and, how do you define fun
a nebulous word really

me: easy going, easy to talk to, confident
thinks i’m cute

BOY: guapo

me: attraction’s nice, but not mandatory

7:22 PM BOY: just so long as he’s attracted to you

me: not to sound cocky, but that’s not exactly the most difficult thing

BOY: there ya go
you’ve got it, and you flaunt it

7:23 PM me: well, it’s not like i’m all that intimidating or inaccessible, either
and at this point, a date would be nice. he doesn’t even have to be emotionally available

BOY: right on all counts
7:24 PM what about OTHER BOY?
do you know him?

me: um, yes. what made you think of him?

BOY: single, fun…used to be in the [cool] ward

7:25 PM me: i saw him today, and he invited me to his bday party
he’s a cool guy

BOY: see what i mean
consider yourself self-set-up
you don’t even need my expert services

me: cop out
7:26 PM it’ll be fun

BOY: lemme think some more…just in case he doesn’t propose to you whilst he blows out his candles

me: no pressure
no rush
i know you’ll be thoughtful

BOY: now i will be

7:27 PM me: you’re a dork

BOY: i KNOW you’ll be thoughtful, BOY (WON’T you?_
just kidding

me: i GUESS i was being passive-aggressive

7:28 PM when’s the date planned?
or is it planned

me: no date planned yet
just the bday party
so maybe something after that

BOY: wait, maybe i’m confused here
7:29 PM nothing planned…just want to be set up, right?

me: yeah

BOY: got it
when’s OTHER BOY’S bash

me: i haven’t thought that far ahead

BOY: what’s he doing?

me: party

BOY: sweet
7:33 PM i’m going to find someone for you

me: yay!

BOY: i actually have a really nice guy in mind

me: hmm. cool

BOY: if i could only remember his name…
7:34 PM i watched a football game with him last night

me: seriously
which ward

BOY: i’m not sure…maybe the upper east ward

me: family ward?

BOY: he used to be roommates in dc with one of my old hs buddies
7:35 PM i think he does finance or something
but, nothing less than a really nice chap
he’s in a family ward
probably my age

me: BOY2?

BOY: BOY2’s great
but not him

me: okay

7:36 PM BOY: it was at his place however
one sec

me: ok

7:40 PM BOY: BOY3 his name is BOY3

me: BOY3? [occupation]?

BOY: yes, one and same

me: he’s in [a] ward
he’s a cool guy

7:41 PM BOY: and?

me: we’ve talked briefly

BOY: shall i press forward with the mission

me: sure. it’ll be fun
do girls ever come over for byu football?

BOY: yes
7:42 PM you should consider yourself invited
BOY2 always hosts

me: sweet

BOY: and if BOY3 will be there
maybe i should just let him work a little BOY3 magic

me: 😉
7:43 PM i’ll be at the singles hudson cruise thingy this saturday

BOY: good for you
i’m going to the Red Bull soccer game

me: ooh
they should let you play

BOY: shucks
i’m on a team now

me: awesome

BOY: we got killed with a kapital K last monday

7:44 PM me: dude. i would have brought you some good luck
distracted the other team with a little leg

7:45 PM BOY: i think we needed more than good luck…although that would have been distracting to us as well…would have ended up in a 0-0 draw

me: where do you play?

BOY: [sports place]

7:46 PM me: would it be okay if i showed up sometime?

BOY: sure
there’s not really seating
per se

me: i see

BOY: but, i think the games can be watched thru the glass from a hallway

me: all righty then
when’s your next game/match?

7:47 PM BOY: tom night

me: cool. i’m going for a swim, then i might drop by.
do you go a whole 90 minutes?

BOY: no, 50
old men

7:48 PM me: oh. OH
is there only one indoor field?

BOY: i’ve just started going there…so i’m not 100% sure
there are 2 next to each other

me: ok

7:49 PM BOY: i think we are in the [area] which is furthest north

me: okay
well, if i can’t find you, i won’t beat myself up
but if you lose, you can’t blame me

BOY: we are even then
or something like that
7:50 PM alright…may
i’ll try to hunt down BOY3’s info
7:51 PM and get gears moving

me: you’re a good man, BOY

BOY: twerent nothing
you are good to be doing your part
a blessing on your head

me: my part is just to be a woman. not hard

7:52 PM BOY: a hot woman, in your case…almost too easy

7:53 PM me: shut up. that’s silly, but thanks

BOY: first i’m a dork…now, shut up?
my feelings are deeply hurt

me: BOY, this is all with the assumption you have feelings…

BOY: careful now

me: oh, man. now you’ll sabotage my date

7:54 PM BOY: vengeance is dish best served cold

me: you’re a sweetheart
a la mode

BOY: i laugh
7:55 PM ok, i’m off to write in my journal and other sabbathy things

me: all righty
thanks BOY.
you’re great, and all that

7:56 PM BOY: and all that
you too

me: see ya

BOY: gnight

me: good night

Waiter at Gennaro’s, I’ll be pining for you forever.

The way you apologized for the wait
and recited the specials

I felt bad when you looked mostly at me
and not my friends

Only sort of bad

because, I did know what I was doing
when I asked about the menu

Pasta with meat sauce?
Risotto with seafood?

You made me laugh and
talked me into the risotto.

That “really interested” expression
about the menu was more than

just about the menu

Are you on the menu?

Keep talking
Keep looking at me

I’ll keep smiling
and trying not to blush

Blue eyes and
Dark brown, slightly wavy hair
medium length

Not perfectly combed
And yet

it is.

I can’t get enough

I really was interested
in you

but too shy
to say

You brought over the check
And we smiled at each other

and my friends laughed
And I slipped in a few more dollars

for your tip.

As my friends and I headed toward the door
to exit

I turned and saw you standing by the bar
and you looked at me

I waved
you waved

I walked out the door
heaved a forlorn sigh

and that was it.