Thursday, October 7, 2010

{ DATE #21: Larry }


As strange as this might sound, tonight I kind of felt like Meg Ryan at the end of that movie You've Got Mail when she's standing in the park and up walks Tom Hanks' character, shoulders shrugged and that cute grin on his face. Then suddenly she realizes that he's NY152 and with all the sincerity of heart says "I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly." That's sort of how I felt tonight when I opened the door to find Date #21, Larry.

In case you hadn't noticed from some of the previous posts, Larry has been following me around on quite a few of my dates lately as our cameraman. And you know, it's funny because before this whole TMB thing started, Larry and I had never met (which is weird because we're in the same ward.) But, over the last couple of weeks I've had the chance to observe and get to know him from a distance, and realized that we actually have a lot in common.

From day one of filming I've always thought he was a cute guy and a GREAT dresser (you should see what he wore to the priesthood session of conference.) Yah, I was looking! But honestly, I think I noticed a connection developing between us when I realized how similar we are and the many things we share in common. And Larry said the same about me! How cute is that? So needless to say, I was really happy to be on a date with Larry the cameraman tonight.

For our first date he took me bowling which I'm usually not really good at (last time I think I bowled a 54...is that right girls?) but this time I almost broke 100. That's super good for me! Of course Larry beat me, even with all his fancy tricks he tried, which oddly enough, racked up some major points for us. I guess goofing off really can pay off.

As we finished up bowling and drove to dinner at Pho 54 we continued the conversation which definitely came naturally. It's funny because while we've spent a lot of time together, we never really sat down and talked about the basics. Some things about Larry: he's a young one at 24 (I always thought he was much older...so mature!), grew up in Dallas, served a mission to Chile where he lost his southern drawl, moved to Provo to attend UVSC, and is currently on a television show called Fact or Faked.  Outside of work he loves to write. It's funny because he said at night when his mind won't stop racing he'll grab a notepad and just jot down whatever comes to him.

On our way back to my place he showed me tons of pocketbooks that he had sitting in his car just full of garb. I really liked that whenever he has an impression, he writes it down: thoughts, quotes, poetry, short stories, whatever. He's even working on a screenplay which I thought was so cool because for years I've had the most amazing idea in my head for a movie that I just need to get down on paper and I think Larry will be my muse to finally get it going!

After a delicious Pho dinner, Larry had a little surprise for me! We stopped at a nearby park on the way home and walked out into the middle of a big grassy field and he showed me how to send off a sky lantern. They are seriously the neatest things. You just light this little disc underneath them on fire and wait for the paper to inflate with carbon dioxide and heat, and eventually it'll take off and float away. I told Larry that years ago when I first heard of them I thought it would be cool to have the guests at my wedding float them away as we exit the reception. Now that I've actually done one though, it might've just been cooler in concept. They're a little fickle, but fun!

So the date was great! I'm really glad I had the chance to spend some time with Larry in front of the camera (that just sounds so backwards) and get to know each other a little better. He's a complete gentleman, like I said he's really mature for his age, and I think we both had a fantastic night together. I kind of hope there's a second date coming up...

24 comments:

Kasi French said...

I just love that his name is Larry ~ yep.

theblibbys said...

hahaha ! This is so classic. He's a cutie (kinda resembles Brad Womack) You were so giddy in that video! I can't wait to see who you pick! I have my top 8 ready! Go Aubrey, go!

Eliza said...

So cute! I'm sorry but that is kind of adorable and straight from a chick flick, (like you mentioned). Christian (my brother from Don't Do Dumb Things.com) totally called it. lol.

Kali said...

Oh Aubrey!! This is too perfect! I vote mr. camera man! a natural connection not brought upon by harleys and a lot of money. To think he has been there on every date and then he didn't even have to 'show anyone up' ... you can tell he was just himself. and you looked so happy in post interview. I think there is a real connection.

korth fam said...

I knew it!!! UM, you're pretty much glowing...I predict he takes it all! and thanks MB I'm a faithful stalker, I mean follower. What a fun idea this was!

April said...

Oh, this guy is it!

Liz said...

Awe! You both were glowing! I think you should definitely pick Larry to be a contender in the top 8!!

Oh, and I have just been loving watching these dates over the past couple of weeks. I don't know what I will do when it's all over! My husband thinks its hilarious that I am hooked on the MB.

Kim said...

I knew it too! That's why I kept asking, do we get to see Larry? Ha! You are such a funny girl! Now I guess I'll just keep asking questions about Larry. Does Larry have a last name?

Elise said...

pick him pick him pick him! it seems like BOTH of you want it... yes!

Marcy said...

Done! You two are adorable and the post interview had me grinning a huge cheezy grin the entire time!

Bracken and Bracken said...

Who knew the guy behind the camera was so HOT!! Glad he treated you to an awesome night ;)

Jenny Robbins said...

If we were to judge just based on your reactions in the Post-Date interview, then I'm seriously torn between Larry and Dallin! I agree with the previous giddy comment. So cute!

Megan said...

you guys are perfect for each other!

McMemories said...

I was waiting for a Larry date, you always wrote cute thank you notes:) This would be such a cute story if he is the one;) can't wait to see who the finals are!!!!

Ashlee said...

Amazing! Larry is SO handsome!!!Now I feel a whole lot better about your awkward dates because at least you always had Larry there to make you feel better. Can't wait to see who you pick!

Layla said...

I love him! You can totally tell that you are in to him too! Pick him, hands down he is the one!

ECfinder said...

Aubrey... can you please tell us where you shop? You always look so put together. Where do you buy all your cute clothes?

theborgstop said...

Larry is the new Dane.

Oyama Family said...

absolutely adorable...both of you! Together you just glow! what a great guy and date, definitely pick him. I don't know you but have loved watching you go on all these dates and I hope it truly brings you your EC.

Jodi said...

When he was talking about feeling sparks and said he had felt them before but that tonight he was thrown into the fire...yeah. Winner. He's very cute!

Baiamonte Family said...

Pretty sure neither Larry nor Matt should be on TMB. You can't know the people beforehand and then have them be a contestant! Sorta defeats the whole purpose of the show and puts the other TRUE 1st daters at a major disadvantage. Dis-qual-if-y...dis-qual-i-fy!

Shayla said...

OMGeeee!!! I can't believe I'm even more giddy than I was with Matt AND Dane! There is so much about this I love, most of all that the date was simple and realistic and clearly a glimpse into what could be.
Good luck Aubrey!!!
xoxo

Willim Willson said...

Why does the word "sparks" make me want to just kill myself a little? (not like it makes me want to kill a little bit of myself, but it gives me a little bit of desire to kill myself) Oh, maybe it's cause to me it sounds like romantic superstition...

The Jayroes said...

Awww! Love this..