Saturday, 7 November 2009

Queen of Gullible

One reason I have not blogged much recently is that most of my blogging has been about my love life, family and work. I try not to blog about work very much but occasionally I just have to or at least mention it in passing.

I decided a while ago that I was going to try to avoid blogging about my love life (or lack of) as writing about it seems to have an adverse effect. That leaves my family, I think I have blogged so much about DC & OJ going off to Uni and ET 's attempt to join the RAF there is little else to write and they deserve a break as do my readers.

Having just said I was trying to avoid it, I am now going to write about my love life. It could be that every man who ever comes near me, reads my blog and as soon as they are mentioned they cut loose. Now I know this is not the case, besides, very few people read my blog these days. I have even been keeping quiet on Face book. But last week I posted on Face book that I have been invited to the England v Australia Rugby International at Twickenham. (I should be on my way there now). Surely the curse wouldn't be activated by such a simple thing as saying I had been invited. I didn't say who had invited me. But obviously the curse even reaches my face book.

Perhaps you would like a little back ground information here. Why am I suddenly blogging about going to Twickenham when clearly I am not. Who was I going to be going with. What is all this nonsense about a curse. Or perhaps you are just wondering if I have finally lost all my marbles (it has been on the cards for 40+ years).

Why the curse?

Back in the early part of the summer out of the blue I saw Oxo again after 2 years. He told me that he had thought we had a good thing going before, when I went off and left him. (I wanted a proper relationship, he didn't). He agreed to try having a relationship even though he feels he isn't good at relationships. A couple of days later I mentioned him to PB (friend/neighbour/colleague) that I was seeing him again. It must have been less than 30 mins later that I received a text from Oxo saying that he was sorry but he would not be in touch again. To say I was shocked would be an understatement, but as shocked as I was, I wasn't upset just bewildered.

Then, there was a new guy in my life fairly quickly after that (I have forgotten what I called him). He tells me that he is a trained councellor, he works with people who are terminally ill. He scolded me about my humour, I thought he was eccentric, but to cut a long story short, after weeks of emails we had a long chat on the phone which resulted in us agreeing to meet for a drink. That mid week drink led to an afternoon/evening the following sunday talking, holding hands and dare I say it, kissing. A few days later an another evening together and promises to go to a party together after my imminent holiday. Before we had met he had got me to open up to him about various issues. The flood gates had opened and I ended up telling him so much more than most people ever know about me. (he said he was honoured that I had told him). I mentioned this promising new man on my blog.

When I returned from my family holiday he didn't go to the party, or answer any of my emails or text messages. Eventually he confessed that he nolonger wanted to see me. He said I had told him too much plus he feels that I have more than my share of health issues!!! He couldn't cope with me being a diabetic, cancer survivor, but the last straw was my headaches (I get fewer now than in previous years). Ok his loss, I was not upset about losing him so soon but it was the way he went about it that got my goat.

But moving on within a week I met Spark, he had not been intended to be a love interest, he was a customer from work. We met for lunch which went too well, he asked to see me again the next evening. After many comments from a colleague at work about the big grin on my face I mentioned to her that I had seen one of our customers. Next day he told me that he didn't want to mess me about, he has a girlfriend and although it may not last he felt guilty about me.

I decided to give dating a break when I got a message out of the blue from a new man from a dating site that I don't set much store by, but have had a profile on for years. The message was different to was neither a 'hi fancy a chat' or a 'lets have some fun'. Neither of which instill me with much confidence. But this man got my interest, I have to be honest and say that just looking at his photo (which I quite possibly had done several times) I would not have looked any further. I replied by chatting about something on his profile. Soon the messages going back and forth became emails, phone numbers were exchanged (but not used.....that first conversation on the phone is difficult when you both have children who seem to congregate when you want a private conversation). Our emails became a daily ritual. We agreed to meet for a meal 3 weeks down the line. But then we both realised that it would be halloween weekend and he needed to see what his children were doing. (they are younger than mine).The day of our meal was fast approaching and no decision made whether our date would be this coming weekend or the following one (today).


On Friday morning he emailed me. He has tickets for England v Australia @ Twickenham (today) would I like to go with him and have a meal after. Now this is when I wrote my question on Face Book saying that I had been invited should I accept. Of course I did want to go but I had one small reservation in that it would be a very long day to be with someone I had never met, if it turned out that we didn't get on. (thats me trying to be sensible for a change). Before I left work I rushed off a quick reply (I would be out all evening) saying that it sounds good but mentioned my reservation about us not having met. Also would this be as well or instead of our meal the next day. Saturday came and went so did Sunday......nothing. I wrote to him saying that it would have been nice to be told that Saturday was definitely off as I could then ahve made other plans for my evening. It wasn't a nasty email, if anything it was apologetic in case I had missed something and he had already told me. But I have had enough of being treated badly so I was standing up for myself, expressing my right to be treated with respect. Monday and Tuesday came and went, still no word. By wednesday evening I was getting jittery about today. I sent a brief email saying he is obviously busy but could he please tell me what the plan was for today.

It is now Saturday lunch time the match is about to begin and I am still at home not having had a single word from him since he issued the invitation 8 days ago. Now I wonder if it is the curse of having mentioned his invitation even though I didn't mention him. Or is it that he is a jerk just like all the other men who have come and gone in my life. Perhaps he is one of the many 'time wasters' who lurk on dating sites, they like to email and chat but never actually meet. (He wouldn't be the first to make arrangements to meet me but then vanish when the day arrives). During a chat conversation last night I was asked if he is now History. As much as I know you want me to say yes, I can't.

Marles lost?

You see I have done a fair bit of thinking about this. On the face of it, he is just another one who has messed me about and for whatever reason, having reached this far has decided to just cut me off. There is always of course the simple explanation that he has not been near his computer or there is something wrong with it. But I have dismissed that idea for two reasons, he could phone me if that was the case. Plus his business is internet based so he would need his computer for his work......he wouldn't therefore go a whole week without it. So it is obvious isn't it, he has messed me about and now he doesn't want to know.

But maybe it isn't as simple as that, maybe he has a perfectly good explanantion and I will find out what that is when he eventualy gets in touch again. Maybe he is ill, (Swine flu is still rife). I don't know what the explanation is, but I think that if I am patient I will soon find out. You see from what he has told me about himself and his family I don't think he would just stop speaking to me, especially when his last email was to invite me out. Perhaps my email asking for a little respect upset him, I don't think so. It certainly wasn't a spitting my dummy out, type of email and even if it had been, I don't think it would have scared him. From what he has hinted at he has led quite a dare devil life in the past. A few words from me are not going to have him quaking in his boots. Besides I rather think that if he hadn't liked what I had said, he would have told me that, not just gone silent. Unless everything he has told me about himself is a complete and utter lie then I don't think he is the kind of person who would do any of this intentionally. It seem so out of character to me. But then again we all know that I am the queen of gullible.


CheekyDani said...

Hey honeybunch, I think there's no curse and it's negative for you to be thinking of yourself like this. I believe what you are experiencing is - unfortunately - totally normal. A part of being a woman who is attractive to men. A part of sorting those men from the boys. I fear there are MANY fewer men than boys. But because you are attractive, you just experience it more.

You should know that probably a quarter of the dates I agree to never happen - maybe more - but certainly at least a quarter of the dates I actually agree a day we are going to meet never happen. I now expect this and unless he calls and arranges an actual time and place to meet well before the date, I pretty much rely on it. I put his name in my diary, but I add a TBC beside his name and until that's removed with a time and place, I don't believe it's an actual date and as such don't get disappointed when it doesn't happen. So what you've experienced, I'm sorry to say, is completely normal and not due to a curse that is personal to you.

One other thing, sounds like you chased him a little. I do this too so I'm not criticising, but I understand from my male friends that they want to do the chasing. Even contacting him asking for details when he's not offered any is chasing of sorts. I know I know, to me it's just arranging, making plans, getting your diary in order, but I decided after my last experience that I was never going to chase again (even to arrange details), and that - I think - is one way to start separating the men from the boys. Those who seriously are interested and those who are just messing about on dating sites for something to do. And it's proving curious because the ones who are truly interested ARE getting back in touch, and the rest are no longer wasting my valuable time and energy.

Big hugs, wish I could give you one for real x

Elaine said...

Very wise words from Dani, I think.

What upsets me a little bit is this feeling I get; that you having a man in your life is almost crucial to your happiness. I would love to see you so busy...that you hardly have time to think about men.

Is it really that important to you sweetie? (I'm not judging, just really nosey!)

Big hugs xxx

Fire Byrd said...

Isn't the universe theory that when you stop waiting for the bus three come along at once.
So maybe as Elaine says if you decided you didn't need/want one and got on with life, by the time one appeared you'd be doing well without thank you very much.
And anyway men of a certain age have too much dirty washing and who needs that!

Lady in red said...

Dani I get what you are saying.

Elaine no it is not crucial to my one time I thought it was but I've grown up a little since then. I know that I can only rely on myself to make me happy and I am happy most of the time. I have a great family and I am lucky to be one of the few people who enjoy their work.

for me I don't need a man full time. But sometimes it would be good to wake up not alone, or to have someone there to share things with good as well as bad. Someone to look after me occassionally. But I don't need a man to make me happy. I need him to put up shelves unblock the loo and cut the grass...........all things I can do myself but wish I didn't have to. Oh and they can be useful for something else too. ;)

Lady in red said...

fire my gripe with this was not so much that I had been desperately looking for a man and he had gone away......

I just get annoyed that I try to treat people as I would want to be treated. I find it very bad manners to arrange to meet someone then either not turn up or go silent on them.

But this guy I don't know whats going on because I got the impression that he has very similar basic values to me. It just seems bizzar to me. I am not holding my breathe but if I do hear from him again I shall see what he has to say if not then cést la vive. In the meantime I have family and friends to keep me busy.

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