Wednesday, September 29, 2010

{ DATE #13: Nick Haycock }


Some people are superstitious about the number thirteen and all the negative connotations that come along with it's unluckiness.  Lucky for Nick Haycock (pun intended) when asked how he felt about being unlucky Date #13 he replied "I make my own luck!"  We'll just have to see about that...

As Nick and I climbed into the car, the first thing he said to me was "What's with the camera guy following us?"  At first I thought he was just trying to be funny so I laughed but he quickly repeated himself "No really, what was up with the filming?"  Looks like someone forgot to keep up with the blog after filling out his application.  Once I clued him in on the details his new attitude was reflected in his immediate response, "Shoot!  Had I known I'd be on film I'd have gotten a facial this morning." Nah, you looked great Nick!

This first date was a little different from the others in the sense that we decided to do something physical.  No, not like that!  He decided it would be fun to play tennis together.  I hope he didn't instantly regret his decision when he learned that I've never played tennis before.  That's right!  I'm not a tennis player.  Not because I never wanted to be.  I think I just preferred playing volleyball down at Doheny beach instead.  So needless to say I was nervous but excited to learn something new. 

During our game of tennis, which turned into more of a 60 min. tennis lesson (No really, i felt like I should be paying him for this date!) I learned what a patient person Nick is! While I consider myself quite athletic, I realize I'm no good at tennis.  Nick on the other hand is an excellent tennis player so while he could've been horribly frustrated with me for not returning every serve, he was kind and patient with me as I lobbed them over the net and out of the court.  I really admire that about him.

Some other things I learned about Nick on our date: he just turned 30 this month, enjoyed playing football and basketball in high school, got a degree in psychology from the University of Utah, has his own apartment in Irvine,  and commutes all the way to San Bernardino everyday for his job in Construction Management.  And probably the most important thing I learned about Nick tonight is that the key to beating him on the court is grunting really loudly!  It certainly didn't make the ball sail any harder or faster onto his side of the court, but I think it made him laugh so hard he forgot how to return my serve.  Maybe I have more tennis skills than I'm giving myself credit for. :)

After Nick let me beat him a couple times he took me to my favorite yogurt spot in Huntington to cool off.  Did I mention I was sweating like a pig!  As we approached Golden Spoon (thats right, I'm a GS girl) I had a mini-moment of panic.  Just before we entered the shop Date #8, Ryan Bell, walked through the door.  Uh-oh!  At first I played it cool and tried to laugh it off with my current date, Nick.  But the awkwardness became pungent in the room and I had to say something.  Thankfully Ryan was wonderfully cordial and smiled as he and his home teaching companion exited the shop.

Aside from the "unlucky" run-in at Golden Spoon, Date #13 ended up being an auspicious night of fun and excitement.  Never a dull moment with Nick around.  Maybe that's reason enough to invite him for a second date.  Only next time I suggest we trade in the tennis balls for a volleyball...


{ Larry "the cameraman" Caughlan, I don't know whether to thank you for this wonderful video or to strangle you for adding the audio of me grunting up and down the court. But thank you anyway Larry...your skills are second to none. }

9 comments:

theblibbys said...

I am cracking up! I love the way the editor made you look like one of the Williams sisters with all that grunting! hahahahah You did great! What a fun date!

Kim said...

Another blonde hottie... you guys looked like you were having a lot of fun on the tennis court - and you didn't look like you were that bad Aubrey - just a few more lessons and you could do it! I love the grunting!
Pretty awkward running into date #8 though!
(Um, just so you know, I fell in love with Dad on the tennis court!)

Ryan and Meagan said...

I'm honestly shocked that this is the FIRST athletic date. Those are my favorite. My second date with my hubs was playing tennis. It was fabulous. It is nice to see the guy in a sporty scene and not so much "trying to be romantic" ya know? Awkward moment in GS but you handled it beautifully :-)

Geoff said...

Good usage of "auspicious."

Also, his late-80s haircut is inspiring.

Bracken and Bracken said...

I thought you pulled it off pretty well :) You weren't completely terrible!! HAHA. At least your legs looked super HOT in those shorts ;)

TheSinglesWard said...

Aubrey's wondering eyes, clenched teeth: sorry Nick, you don't stand a chance.

Angie said...

Your grunting was the best part!! So funny.

Al said...

I vote for Aubrey Haycock ... yes please. However the half hug by him didn't look promising. Aubrey you need to turn the seduction notch up a few notches, you can't let these boys leave with a half hug, that's just wrong

Lindsey said...

Okay, so, I had to watch all of the first dates, and now it is clear, that way beyond crawling under the table on that other date, that THIS was the date where Larry decided he needed to throw his hat into the ring. Could have been the legs and tight pants. Could have been the grunting! Hilarious! He had some fun editing lots and lots of footage, I can tell. I am pulling for Larry. Big Time.