I pretended to be a high school teacher this morning...2 classes worth of pretending.
My friend teaches a floral design class and asked me to come in and talk about having a career in horticulture.
I wouldn't make a good real-life high school teacher because I would just laugh at the students...all day long.
We talked about trees and flowers and freezing temperatures...and stuff.
What we should have talked about is texting.
Apparently I don't get texting etiquette. (But really, if the word texting isn't even in Blogger's spell check dictionary, should I be held responsible for proper etiquette? I think not.)
Remember I had a lunch date with Michael on Saturday? After he gave me a bear hug upon the initial greeting, we sat down to a lunch of soup, salads, and chocolate covered strawberries. Michael told me stories of all of his failed attempts at on-line dating. He told me how many women had blocked him from seeing their profile (in theory you can't tell when someone has blocked you but Michael has been on-line for so long he says he knows the system). When I asked why they would block him he said, "I have an aggressive dating style." Duly noted.
He told me about the girl he flew to Texas to meet...a girl who didn't look anything like her picture...a girl who wore a wig the entire time he was there, trying to convince Michael she was a blond.
He told me about how he has no sense of smell...and so when there is a call for someone to fix the plumbing/sewer problems at some apartments he maintains, he takes the job.
He also wanted to know if I thought he smelled good...you know, not being able to smell, he wanted to know if he had picked a good cologne.
He told me a lot of stuff and then all of a sudden said, "What time is it? I have to go." He walked me to my car and I thanked him for lunch. He said something else and then I thanked him again and said "It was nice getting to know you." He said, "So...have I done anything that would prevent me from getting a second date?" And I said, "You can call." (He can play the game. He had just finished telling me how frustrating it is not to get at least a second date with someone.)
He gave me another bear hug and I got in my car. 15 minutes later I got a text that said "Just wanted to say again that I had a good time. Have a good weekend."
I didn't respond to the text. And according to my cousin I broke ALL the rules. "You've assured that he won't call again by not responding to the text." Honestly, I don't care either way...if he calls, fine...if he doesn't, fine.
But seriously? I broke the rules? I had already thanked him twice...and now I needed to do it again, in a text, 15 minutes later?
It's like sending a thank you card for a thank you card...isn't it?
Is there a Texting 101 somewhere? ...clearly I need help.