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Well, boring.

I’ve gotten a few emails lately, but they’ve been pretty much non-eventful.

Actually, I got one email from a guy named Tamin (really? Is that a name?) who just wrote:

blah!

Yeah. How am I supposed to respond to that?

Before that, I got the following email from a guy I’ll call The Usual, mostly because he seems kinda plain and boring and safe. His first email read:

Hello, my name is [His Name]. You’re a writer and playwright? Very cool. I was an acting major at UF until last May when I graduated. Have any favorite plays or playwrights? Maybe I’ve performed or read something from them?

I hope to hear from you soon.

I didn’t really respond because I was busy and because he seemed boring. Two weeks later, he sent me this:

Hey!

Alright so you said something about persistence so I’m going to go ahead and give this another go. Maybe the short and sweet approach didn’t cut it. So here’s where I’m at, and go ahead and let me know if I’m way off track here.

I read your profile and I liked all of what I read. The writing and playwrighting were immediately big draws, but then you went on to reference Yoga, which I know I have personally learned a great deal from and still practice. And you have a picture with a golden, which is pretty much the greatest breed in existence, bar none.

Beyond these immediate draws, you say you have depth, which I consider an essential quality. I’d like to think I have a great deal of depth as well… actually I know I do. And it would be nice to see the quality reflected in someone I wanted to talk to.

So, before I get too wordy, I’ll just say, I’d like to boot up a dialogue. If you’re already involved in something, feel free to file this way until you’re not, I haven’t found many people here that, at least from their own words, have the quality you seem to. Anyway, there’s the second pitch. Feel free to say hello and maybe it’ll lead to, at least, an interesting conversation.

Take care,

[His Name]

I thiought that was sweet, so I took the time to respond to him and we’ve been emailing back and forth a little. Nothing too fire-y. Just the Usual, which is from whence I got his name. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on this one.

I have a question for you guys. There’s a guy at work who I’m starting to like. I’ll call him Dark and Tall. I just found out that he’s got a girlfriend who he’s not crazy about and that one of my good friends at work, who I’ll call Claire, is crazy about him. He’s been initiating everything with me, from the facebook friend request to flirty conversations at work. But Claire is my first real friend at work. And I certainly don’t want to get in the middle of anything. But he’s the first person I’ve actually liked since Tennessee (who I don’t hear from any more).

My question is… is it wrong to flirt back with him? I’ve been restraining myself from doing any serious flirting given the situation, but is it harmless or am I just getting myself into trouble?