**All names have been changed to protect identity**
Quite some time ago while I was actively searching for love on Match.com, I received a really amazing email from an Indian man named Sayeed. It was a little longer than I like my icebreakers to be, but he was so well written, talked about a lot of the things I had mentioned on my profile and said just enough about himself to really intrigue me. I checked out his profile and he seemed pretty interesting, but when it came down to his photos, I just couldn’t tell if I’d be physically attracted to him or not.
After a bit of thought, I decided I’d wait a few days to respond because I already had a date planned for the following evening with a Bavarian man, named Aldric. I wanted to see what would come of our first date before initiating anything with Sayeed.
The day of, Aldric suggested that we meet at a place called Green Street Cafe in Coconut Grove, and even though I didn’t really like the venue due to it’s pretentiousness and yuppie customer-base I agreed. You can’t say I’m not a good sport!
Being the only Cuban in Miami not running on Cuban Time, I arrived early and sat at a table on the outside and ordered a drink while I waited for Aldric to arrive. As I sat there I couldn’t help but notice a man standing at the bar in front of me. He had a deep tan, gorgeous long wavy hair and was dressed up in a sexy suite. For a while I could only see part of his face, but when he turned around I nearly choked on my drink ! It was Sayeed, and he was beautiful!!!
Now, the longer I waited the more I worried about Sayeed recognizing me and totally ruining my date with Aldric, but after a little while I realized what was really going on here. He wasn’t going to notice me at all! He was acting very nervous and kept looking around. He brushed his hair with his hands repeatedly and kept looking at his phone….Yup! He was there waiting for a date as well!
Sayeed’s date arrived a little before Aldric did so of course I had to scope her out. She too was from India and was incredibly beautiful. I couldn’t hate! They actually made a really cute couple.
Aldric eventually arrived and we had our date. He was really sweet and it went well enough for me to agree to a second date, but now my eyes were setting on Sayeed as well. I had to meet him! I had to see what he was all about!
The next day I decided to respond to Sayeed’s email without making any mention of Green Street . We went back and forth for a while and eventually moved on to the phone. We hit it off and in time, decided to meet each other in person. On this date, however, I called the shots on the location and decided we’d meet at Transit Lounge. For those of you not familiar with Transit (which is now closed) it was the coolest dive bar/live music venue in Miami.
Once again, I was the first one there, but this time I did not run into any other Match.com-ers. At one point in the night, I did bring up the Green Street story and we had a great laugh. Turns out that was his first date through Match.com and he was beyond nervous. In the end, Sayeed and I hit it off quite well and before getting into my car, I agreed to see him again.
A few days passed and we continued to chat, but no solid plans were made for the second date. , Sayeed finally sent me a message saying that he had decided to take the other girl seriously and could no longer see me, but wanted to remain friends. Of course, that was fine by me. If it’s not meant to be, I am not one to force it!
However, two weeks later, Sayeed reached out to me again. Turns out that after he decided to get serious about the other girl, she decided to get serious with someone she had met before him! He now wanted to see if I’d like to go on our second date! Hahahhaa! As if I’d totally allow myself to be someone’s second choice! My response was “Thanks, but no thanks. “
And then I called up Aldric.