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Oh Summertime, how I love thee
I have to think that summer is my favorite time of year. Of course, living in the Sunshine State (aka Mosquito state) like I do, it is easy to come across a sunny day between May and October. You're never too far from the beach in the state of Florida, and it's a likely chance that some body of water is nearby. It's not considered abnormal to wear a beach coverup inside a fast-food, or in the case of Christian Chicken, a quick-service restaurant. I also like that there are certain rules that we Floridians are just, well, exempt from.
Aren't these cute? Love.
Like, white shoes are really a year-round choice, depending on what the weather is. I mean, really -- if it is 80 degrees at Christmas, it's hard to NOT take a picture of yourself by the pool in a Santa hat. So wearing white shoes is really not a hard stretch of the ol' imagination. Likewise, I know that it gets cold after Labor Day in some places, but everyone in Florida knows that September is just when hurricanes are starting to get active and it won't get cold (i.e., 60 degrees) until November, maybe.
And then there's socks. If there was a more out-of-place fashion choice in Florida, I DON'T want to know what it is. (Let me pause for all the athletes to talk about how they're so necessary for sports. Additional pause.) I mean, why do you think that the consummate "funny Florida tourist" costume includes white socks and sandals? They're just so wrong. I believe it is a state-of Florida constitutional right to not wear socks. Now, if my feet are legitmately cold, then I would wear them. If I chose to.
WRONG shoe fashion choice anywhere you are.
State beverage of Florida
Kudos to the 7-11 people for coming out with a low-cal slurpee. All you other slurpee/Icee/etc. people need to follow suit and get with the program. What is better on a really hot day than a drink that is actually ice? Yum. Just in case you wondered, I like to mix banana and blue. It's a taste celebration.
Another rule for everyone north of Florida that we don't follow is snow days. We DO have "weather days" which can cover any of the following: a foot of rain that floods the streets OR wind/tornados OR actual hurricanes. I mean, all it really takes is one downed tree across a major traffic artery and it's all over. No one's going anywhere (without a lot of traffic.)
Ahh, summer. No shoes, no shirt, no problems. Give me a bathing suit and a pair of flip flops and I'm golden. Dawn patrols, days at the beach, floating around the pool with some friends and some food on the grill. There's really not anything much better. And when it is 4000 degrees, or feels like it, all it takes to feel better is to remember it will be 70 degrees in January.
If you have been a follower of the Flying Pants for a length of time, then you know I am not exactly a supporter of online dating. I just have personally had a pretty terrible experience. But last year, about this time, after posting a blog entitled 10 Ways to Know Your Online Date is a Scam, I had a hailstorm of people writing and telling me that their brother's friend's mailman knew someone that had found LOVE on the internet.
So, as a response to this hailstorm, I set out to prove how hard it is to meet someone online with the Online Dating Diary posts (see a featured post to the right of this column). I spent a month genuinely trying to contact men to make a dating connection and reported it back to you, the Flying Pants reader.
Those posts absolutely wrote themselves because I met so many weird/"interesting" men. I still hear about Mr. Talks A Lot and the blind guy that liked to go to strip clubs. In fact, I still hear about those posts and get requests to…
Gentle reader, welcome to the 2017 Online Dating Diary.
This almost didn't happen. I was seriously considering letting Date Guy make me a one-man woman (see last post) and that went down horrifically in flames because I am, quote, "a terrible person who doesn't regard other people's feelings." (I probably should not have used quotes because that is not the actual verbiage. But you get the idea.) We would have been going in two different directions on a very important topic and so after a fiery text message exchange, Date Guy is out of the picture.
So let me bring you up to speed.
I am already talking to Gorgeous, who is just that, and has a cute accent. I am a little amazed that we are matched because he is just that gorgeous. I have yet to do a Google image search on him because we talk frequently. Another consideration is Ladies Love Country Boys, who is a business owner who has a veritable redneck paradise on the Westside -- he lives on a few acres a…
Thanks, Christina. It's easy to say what a girl wants, but then how do you find what you're looking for, whether you're a man or a woman? They say that there's an app for everything -- wouldn't it be great to have an app where you can make your perfect person? Go through all your options and pick out what you like and have your person delivered to you in 30 minutes or less?
Alas, dating readers, it's a inevitable truth that finding your person is nothing like that. In fact, it's more like you pick a few things and then you have to check an option called "Surprise Me" that delivers some hidden personality quirks or baggage later on in the relationship.
But thankfully we can arrive at a consensus of physical and personality traits that are generally considered desirable. And thanks to roughly 138 of my single friends, we can get a general idea of what a girl (or a guy) wants.
The question I posed was, "What are the top three things you …