Vampires Have Feelings, Too

Oh haaaayy Happy Halloween.

Alright, let’s pick up where we left off. To make a short story long, I’m kinda seeing a guy that I like marginally more than I’ve liked any other guy in a while. Until last week when he played Houdini and flaked out for a few days….no, I still like him a lot. That’s part of the problem. It’s not like he did anything wrong, okay, because he’s not my boyfriend and if he doesn’t want to talk to me for a few days, that’s his prerogative. I didn’t exactly appreciate the way he executed it, but whatever. No harm, no foul. I think one of the reasons I was so angry about it is because it seems that every guy this year has done something similar and I was just getting frustrated. No, I am frustrated.

This has never been a problem for me before. This has literally never happened, where these guys are all about me in the beginning and then weeks later are like “oh no, absolutely not, no relationships for me.” I mean, of course things haven’t worked out with guys in the past (hi, I’m single) but never the same excuse from multiple guys in the same fashion and the same situation…even the same name in some cases– and for it all to happen this year. And I know I’m the common denominator so spare me. But I can’t figure out what I’m doing differently now than I did before! Nothing… Seriously, it freaks me out. It’s like Groundhog Day.

So anyway, my anger wasn’t completely directed at him, but more at men in general. So I guess nothing has really changed from any of my other “experiences.”

Back to the point. So apparently a post I made on Facebook was misconstrued, he thought it was in reference to him, and he thought it was the start of something dramatic. To be clear, I’m an idiot, and the shit I write on Facebook is for pure dumb humor. In retrospect, maybe the timing was off. Talking to a new guy, posting a status about guys…yeah, I can see the miscommunication. But I’m also a crazy person who will go directly to the source if I’m pissed off. Passive-aggressive is not in my nature; there really is no mistaking whether I’m mad at you or not.

And if he got freaked out that my Facebook status was possibly about him, imagine if he knew I was writing a whole post about him on my blog. Psycho alert. He shouldn’t feel special, though. I write about every guy I meet who messes with my head, intentional or not. Like I said, the Taylor Swift of blogging.

Okay, let’s get back on track. So I get where he is coming from. I’d freak me out, too. Did you see those fangs?? And I’m trying to be understanding of the fact that he wants to take it slow before engaging in a full blown relationship. Cool, same page. I like you but if I have to unlike you later, done. That’s not the big deal. The big deal, or rather, the small issue is that I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want me seeing other guys.

Why is this a problem, you ask? If I like the dude, suspending all other contact with the opposite sex should be no problem, right? Well, yeah. Especially when I find out that one of the guys I was seeing more than likely has a child on the way. Just a small detail he forgot to mention over dinner. (Ah, the single life. Never a dull moment.) But it’s like, I will respect that you don’t want me to see other guys, but you don’t want to put a title on us. But without the “title,” I really don’t get to have any expectations of him. “Him,” whomever he may be. I’m using the current guy because he is currently the guy I’m seeing…no need to freak out about it.

All I can really expect is that neither one of us are seeing other people. Or at least neither of us should be and I know I can carry my end of that deal without any problems. But what does that mean for when I’m bored and none of my friends can come out to play and I want someone to hang out with, go to dinner with, watch a movie with…is hanging out on a weekday moving too soon? Is hanging out for no reason too relationship-y? Is he gonna freak out if I need him two nights in a row? Would making plans with him to be my wedding date, for example, be too committal and send him running off to his safe place for another 72 hours? Why should I have to worry about this shit? If you don’t want me to have other options, then you make yourself my option. Right?

And since when does spending time with someone count as a relationship? Relationships are this whole other level of crap where you have to talk about serious stuff and impress the family and basically run things by your probation officer before anything is approved and that’s not what I want or need. But, I do want to spend time with him and talk to him at least once a day. Does this somehow make me certifiable? I don’t want to talk to him every day like “what are you doing why did it take you 4 minutes to respond to my text who is she?” kinda thing, I just like him and wanna know what’s new with his life and how his day is going. I think about him occasionally throughout the day. Does this make me clinically insane?

There is a whole slew of responsibilities that come with the “title,” but I don’t think being exclusive is the same as being in a relationship. But there has to be some level of accountability so I know I’m not just wasting my time again. And I don’t think that every failed relationship is a waste of time. I just think that if some guy is going to try and spend time with me and then get super scared about spending time with me, well yeah, that’s a waste of time.

Anyway, as I’m trying to be sensitive to his, unfortunately very common fear of assuming the boyfriend role, I’d like him to maybe consider my feelings on this crap as well. I won’t push it, because I genuinely like him and would like to see things progress (s.l.o.w.l.y.), but I’ve also never been the sit around and wait kind of girl. Maybe things will work out for the best. Or maybe he’ll find my blog and file for a restraining order. I suppose I’m willing to take that risk in the name of creative expression.

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The Single Life Chronicles Issue 5

Sometimes, even I have to remind myself of the things I claim to feel about relationships and boys. And/or men. Most of the time, I feel pretty invincible, like nothing that any guy does could affect me negatively. I like to ignore the things they do that I don’t like, which usually includes anything they might do that doesn’t involve them liking me a lot. But, even for those of us who don’t care about finding their “someone” anytime soon, I think our pendulum swings every once in a while still.

Very, very rarely do I ever feel like a person who needs anyone. Probably because, admittedly, more often than not, I do always have someone. Not just talking about guys here, I mean girls, too. I’m constantly surrounded by good friends, which helps a person not to feel like they are alone…because they’re not.

Usually good friends aren’t good enough for people though. It’s like they want something more, which boils down to they want someone from the opposite sex. They wanna feel wanted and that’s okay. But for me, for the most part, I’m okay with just friends. It keeps me occupied and I don’t mind going to bed alone. If I can’t find someone I actually want to lounge around with all weekend on a couch, then I’d rather just not do that with anyone but myself.

But, like I said…everyone has that moment when the pendulum swings and you go into full blown “think mode.” And I am clearly a thinker. My thoughts aren’t always rational, but a healthy dose of freaking out never hurt anyone. Typically there is a certain person who will start the wheels turning in my head and typically, it’s a bad situation for me.

I’m normal in the fact that I like being in control of situations. I like having the upper hand on someone. I like the ball in my court. I hate losing control of the ball, and I’ve done that plenty of times. In any given case when that happens, it’s easy for me to drop it and move on. It might take a week or two, but I most definitely can hold it together and forget it afterwards.

What I’m currently experiencing is not. the. same. At this point in time, not only is the ball in his court, I’ve fouled out of the game…I’m not even playing anymore.

Now, I can’t speak for men, but as far as women go, no matter WHAT AGE, every girl wants to feel like she’s worth fighting for. And beyond that, I’ve managed to convince myself I actually am worth that fight, so when a guy doesn’t put in any effort, I get really fucking offended. Yes, your apathy offends me. I don’t need romance and crap like that, I just want someone who isn’t dismissive and self-absorbed because that leaves no room for me to step in and blow you away by how interesting, smart, funny, etc. etc. etc. I am.

HOWEVER, having said that…I’d prefer to know up front if a guy is an asshole rather than going through this big long beginning and then getting to the middle of ups and downs. I truly hate roller coasters, whether they’re emotional or at an amusement park, I legitimately hate all kinds of roller coasters. So anyway, my point is that if a guy is just straight up about being an ass, we can skip over all the garbage and I can just walk away from the get go. Saves everybody time.

But, here I am, stuck on some jerk off that I can’t walk away from for one (or several) reason or another.

For as much as this situation sucks though, it’s really funny. I feel like I say that about all the shitty situations I find myself entangled in, but that’s only because in the grand scheme of things, relationship issues are so trivial. They’re so avoidable if we just play the game right, but we all slip up from time to time and that’s when you find yourself watching every season of Grey’s Anatomy back to back on Saturday nights.

And it all begins with a facebook message.

I try not to make it a habit to use facebook as a dating tool, but sometimes you just can’t help it. This guy…we’ve nicknamed him Skeeting…he writes me a facebook message. And, grammar and spelling errors aside, it was a really sweet message. Not that I need compliments, but he said all the right stuff and I was having a shitty start to my summer, what with school and all, and the dude was super freaking hot (bonus), so I messaged him back. Nothing really came of it for a few months (unbeknownst to me because he had a girlfriend so she probably threw a wrench into whatever his plan was for contacting me) until somehow, I don’t really know how, but we met out for drinks.

It was kind of a short meeting, I think. I can’t remember. But it was nothing special. Not really a bad or good first impression. I do remember that he was wearing white tennis shoes with jeans and I didn’t like that, but as I mentioned before, he was super hot so whatevs.

We decided to go out on another date, which he doesn’t like calling a “date” because he thinks it sounds old fashioned. So Skeeting took me to dinner. Dinner was fine. We talked, which is more than I can say we do now that we see each other on a daily basis. It was the part afterward that made me want to bolt for the door.

In his defense, he is a very hard person to read. And when mama has a few drinks in her, she isn’t great at reading people anyway on TOP of him being a monotoned, unreadable person. The “date” ended up being a total disaster. Like, I haaaaated him. I thought he was such a jerk I couldn’t even stand being around him. I felt like I was in the twilight zone with an incredibly hot, yet intolerable human. So after that, I ignored all of his texts and all of his phone calls and never talked to him again.

The end.

Yeah right, I wish “the end.” Anyway, knowing what I just told you, perhaps you’ll read the rest of this and think I totally deserve what I’m going through. And that’s fine because maybe I do. But I never do things to a person maliciously. Not talking to someone after a first date or a second “hang out” isn’t mean. No one is attached, no one cares, it’s clean and fine and normal. He was slightly persistent afterwards in trying to hang out again, but eventually he stopped texting and that was that.

So don’t ask me what possessed me to ever EVER text him again nearly 6 months later, but I did. Poor decision making could’ve played a part in it but I was ignorant at the time to what I was getting myself into. I’m not even sure what the hell I was expecting of it, but what I got was a total mess.

So once we rekindled our “friendship,” he asked me a few times to hang out with him and it never happened but at least at this point we were on speaking terms. Or texting terms in this day and age. He said he’d call me or whatever a bunch of times to hang out and never did, again unbeknownst to me because he had an on and off girlfriend (same one!) that probably foiled whatever plans he had with me. And then he finally got around to asking me if I’d be interested in working for him, to which this poor girl said yes. Worst mistake of my adult life. Seriously though, it’s been an uphill battle from there.

I don’t even know how it happened. It’s like we were working together peacefully and I found out about his on and off girlfriend and I totally respected that and drew lines. All kinds of lines. So many lines. Then it was like we would run an errand together. And then we might drive somewhere together. And we started spending other time together. Obviously I know it’s a bad idea to even mess with the boss. I’m like a Grey’s Anatomy psycho fanatic and that’s the golden rule, but knowing something is bad for me doesn’t tend to stop me. And besides, I had total control over the situation because I didn’t like him. He had a girlfriend and all kinds of other crap.

So then things start getting really messed up. He tells me that him and his “on and off again” girlfriend are over. He also said a lot of other stuff which I would later find out is total and complete bullshit. LIKE, TELL ME WHY IT’S EVEN WORTH SAYING SHIT YOU DON’T MEAN? I didn’t ASK him to say stuff to me or want him to or whatever. He just freely lied all on his own. For amusement or something. Like his life is so mundane that making shit up is the best thing he can do to entertain himself. Play Angry Birds. Or WWF. Or Draw Something…like a normal person.

“I don’t wanna be single I wanna be with you.” Then BE WITH me, fucker. “I wanna show you that you can trust me.” THEN DO THAT. I don’t know why I’m so surprised that this slime shit asshole, who has made a living off of deceitfulness, was lying to me. No, it’s not that I’m surprised, because I totally expected this. In fact, I’m pretty sure I even said that to him. It’s that I don’t know why I’m still disappointed. And the act of being disappointed just means that I’m clinging on to some kind of hope that he will prove me wrong. Like he will somehow emerge out of a dark, scary forest perched on a galloping white horse as my prince charming knight in shining whatever. We do that. It is pathetic.

So anyway, one night we are at his place drinking a beer before we were going over to his parent’s house. Yeah, I met the family for a split second. And as we are doing nothing wrong but drinking a beer AT HIS PLACE, his “non” girlfriend just walks in. Like with her own set of keys to his apartment. And of course he gave me some bullshit story about how he didn’t know she had them. So we left and I was pissed the entire time because even though I wasn’t his girlfriend, I don’t appreciate being lied to. Especially if someone is doing it with no regard for my feelings and totally just to benefit his situation.

Needless to say, we got in a big fight that night and I’m sure he got more than a taste of how big of a pain in the ass I can be. And that’s fine because I feel like guys should know that before entering into anything with me, they should know that I set a standard and I expect them to live up to it. That doesn’t make me a bitch or high maintenance or impossible to please…it means I see something in someone and I am trusting them to be the person I think they are. That should be a compliment to anyone that someone else believes you have the potential to be a great person, maybe even worth loving. It’s like that saying “be the person your dog thinks you are.” And I should’ve known he’d be an asshole because he has a cat.

So we made up from that point on. He was putting on his nice guy act and I totally ate it up. Like an idiot. Plus I had nothing better to do. I resisted at first. Then he started to ignore me and that is my kryptonite. When I want to talk something out, ignoring me is a sure way to make me really go all Casey Anthony on your ass. Minus the first degree murder and stuff.

But of course, no relationshit would be complete without it’s fair share of super drama from his ex (questionable?) girlfriend who is like, thirteen. She sends me this facebook message and I tried to be all nice and compassionate or whatever because I’ve been in her position before except worse but she was an asshole anyway, not like I really give two shits.

I have to say, she did have the decency to warn me that he is a lying piece of dirt, so there’s that. As if I didn’t already know that, though. And if I didn’t, his disinterest in the fact that his ex messaged me gave it away that there was a distinct possibility that any involvement with him would end poorly.

But it was nice to have confirmation that she was out of the picture for any idiot (Alia enters scene) to proceed with any kind of canoodling with him, bad idea as it may be. And then there is that other part of me that blames her slightly for allowing him to treat her like a doormat for so long, now he feels entitled to do that to the rest of us, no thank you.

I’m not totally innocent, but I’m not totally guilty. In fact, I believe I get myself into these rough situations because I give guys such a hard time up front. Yes, I did give this guy way too much credit and way too much slack, but we fought a lot because I questioned his shady behavior. If I really wanted this to go somewhere, I would’ve ignored it only to set myself up for miserable failure later. Why do other girls turn their cheeks? Call that shit out.

Anyway, so we never really spoke about things, which as you all know I am chatty. Super, super chatty and like to talk about lots and lots of chatty things. But he kind of did some things that were like expediting the relationship process. There were serious steps he took and serious steps he totally skipped, but I was alright with it for a while thinking perhaps there would be a moment when we had a necessary conversation for clarity. But that never happened and as my frustration grew, my emotional stability shrank. Plus it was that time of the month.

So I had this like kind of mini meltdown and gave back the keys to his apartment and left in the middle of the night and I was all upset and shit. The next day at work was the worst. I kept expecting things to be super awkward and they were (for me), because he didn’t show up for a really long time, and then when he got there they were so normal it creeped me out. It was like nothing had happened. Ew, so weird.

And we hung out a few more times, which I tried initiating some kind of conversation but it didn’t work and of course I became increasingly frustrated by it. A grown man should be able to talk. And what was worse was that any kind of chasing he may have been doing before had totally flipped. Flipped hard. And that is always the worst when that happens. Not only could I tell his interest in me was deteriorating for inexplicable reasons, but he was totally insulting me by lying to me and thinking I was stupid enough to believe him.

Particularly, one night I was sitting on his couch… I’m not the type to snoop. I did that when I was like 21, but now it’s just tacky. If you have to snoop, your answer lies in your snooping, whether you find something or not. You don’t trust the person so don’t be with them. Anyway, by the fate of God, some girl texts him and his phone lights up and I’m sorry, but it’s just a reaction to look down at the bright shiny thing. And it’s not just a girl; it’s a girl he referred to as “baby” and “baby” said she wanted to see him.

EW my appendix hurts just thinking about how fucking grossed out I am about guys. Because I straight up confronted him and he acted like he had no idea what I was talking about.

Real smooth, Rico Suave.

And the other things I noticed were how he doesn’t answer his phone on certain days or past a certain time and then gets a hold of you the next day like “oh baby I’m sorry my phone was off and I magically slept for 29 hours but I’m getting a hold of you now” aka the girl you were with all weekend just left your apartment. Yeah.

The unique situation I found myself in is not one I’ve been in before. Normally, if a dumbass is too big of a dumbass to realize I’m a catch, I walk away and let him figure it out in my absence. If he never does, I don’t really care because I tend to forget about people who aren’t in my life for more than 3 weeks. But this dumbass is special in that he is my boss and I work 6 feet away from him 5 days a week.

I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is….because it’s not sadness. I don’t feel sad that we didn’t work out. I feel sad because of the disappointment. For even having to go through it again. For feeling hopeful about another person, again, and being wrong. I mean, honestly there is a little bruising of the ego because there was a person who wanted me, whom I did not want, then I did, and he didn’t want me back anymore. Yes, that always sucks, but not as much as being wrong sucks.

Not..

I can take someone getting over their crush they had on me. I can even handle the fact that he probably doesn’t like me after getting to know what a looney toon I am, because he is but one man in a world full of men. It really is just that misjudgment that I hate that I have. Why do I waste my time on a person or waste emotions on a person? Thankfully, these things never last long. I haven’t lost much time or much of anything. Maybe a friend. And in this case, quite possibly my job…but now I have a solid reassurance that my judgment is no better now than it was with my last failure.

I should’ve listened to my instincts in the first place. They were impeccable. Picked up on the asshole vibe right away. It just goes to show how terrible and unwarranted second chances really are. It’s fine that I tried to make something work that was so obviously unworkable. But giving people second chances is just stupid. It’s like that on and off again relationship stuff…I did it when I first started playing the dating game, and it only took me twice to know that if it doesn’t work the first time, it won’t work the second time.