I need a date, Coach!
It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…
Matt, 47, lives in San Francisco, was married for 20 yrs – now divorced – is new to the dating whirl. Although he is divorced for almost a year, he is still in that quasi-reclusive stage. Some say all that time dealing with judges and lawyers took the joie de vivre and the starch out of him.
Friends have encouraged him to “get out there and date.” They have regaled him with dating success stories and yet, he is hesitant to go beyond a second date.
Serendipity happens when you least expect it
Matt recently attended a Medical Equipment sales conference at the downtown Hilton. He said the hotel was teeming with conventioneers. On the first day he noticed dozens of women, and a handful of men, flocking to a particular ballroom near his meeting room. He said there were a ton of pink balloons and multiple giant vases with red roses at the entrance to the room where all the women seemed to be heading.
Impulsively, he joined a “swarm” of fast talking, fast moving women, and entered the lively room with them. He deftly removed his name tag and folded his suit jacket over his arm and sat down.
He said the attractive woman next to him started chatting him up -not realizing she was sitting next to the King of Small Talk. In no time he realized the hot pink signs reading “WRD/LCC” was for the:
Western Region Dating / Life Coach Convention.
His first impulse was to dash – an obvious impostor, he might be discovered. He paused. Why Not? Matt sat back, relaxed and waited.
Matt is an interesting guy – he enjoyed great success in his career, is a total Mid West -Never Met a Stranger- kind of a guy.
His 20 year marriage evaporated when his wife ran away with the pool boy – actually, it was with the guy who owned the Tri-State Pool Installation mega corporation.
As the opening statements continued, Matt became the totally intrigued interloper. He tells of being fascinated by what he learned from the panel 0f Dating Coaches ( i.e. be open, talk to strangers, dating is a numbers game- get off the couch and into life – start now.)
It took one morning
Within two hours – a crash course: Matt was launched into the: I can do this – dating stratosphere. He stayed for the morning presentations and was dazzled by the flood of information about on-line dating.
He noticed the room was filled with happy, smiling faces. He was one of them.
Let the Flirting Begin.