Friday, January 14, 2011

{ DATE #2: Sara Foster }



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Every once in a while I get a deep thought that I normally never get to share. Now that I have an audience I will share a thought I had with you. You see I’m a person that wears his heart and mind on his sleeve. In other words, I live a very vulnerable life. As a consequence I get critiqued a lot, and sometimes even made fun of. I know that’s hard to believe. What’s strange is most people I see go about their life protecting and hiding that vulnerable side of themselves. I wonder why that is. Aren’t the people that love us the most the same people with whom we let down our guard? My closest relationships are the ones where people know my every flaw and appreciate my every quirk. It’s so much easier for me to establish a connection when I don’t have to first tear down the walls of an image trying to be upheld.

This leads right into my date with Sara Foster. Sara came up with a creative date of Geo Caching. Most probably won’t know what that is. Basically it is a world wide scavenger hunt where people go around finding mementos that other people have hidden. You can find the coordinates on a website and go around looking for them. So we both got on our bikes and headed out to Geo cache.

Toward the middle of the date I noticed something different. I found myself not asking that many questions to Sara, nor was I taking normal steps I would make on a first date. Then again, I didn’t have to, because Sara has little if any “walls”. I was able to get to know her just by interacting with her. She was refreshingly vulnerable. If she wanted to make a silly beeping noise while backing up her bike, she did. When she saw the statue of a nude person, she pointed it out. She thought I was terrible at riding bikes, so she made fun of me for it. It didn’t take long for me to feel a connection with Sara. She was vulnerable and it gave me a chance to see who she was whether I liked it or not.

After Geo caching we went to a small ice cream sandwich shop. There we had time to just talk with each other. I learned that a girl can grow up in a small town, run in track, be an engineer and still be socially adept. She found out I didn’t like musicals and wasn’t a Batman nut. We also had fun analyzing the random couple at the table next to us. After little debate we labeled the couple “friends with benefits.”

Before I knew it it was the end of the date and I hadn’t even made a move. Dang it! I hope she doesn’t mistake that for not being interested because Sara is beautiful inside and out. I really wanted the date to keep going, but I guess it’s always best to be left wanting more. Hopefully she felt the same. We hugged at the door, and like you always do at the end of a date, she said “I’m glad to know you aren’t into musicals!” But, for some reason that works for me. Date #2 with Sara? Strong possibility.

23 comments:

theblibbys said...

They seem like they would be SUPER cute together! I'm going have to put her in the top 8 already (and it's only the 2nd date). Rick was totally into her.....it's obvious! ha

I'm AE Jones said...

What an incredibly CLEVER date! Way to be creative, Sara! Very cute.

Tiffany said...

Sara is a babe! and seems like she has a great personality! shes got my vote!

Today's Gift said...

How fun. Way to go, Sara! And Rick, you'll have to go on a second date so you can make that move you missed... :)

B. [Von] Plothow said...

Fun idea! My stepdad is super into geocaching. It's a good time.

Miss B. said...

next time...give the girl some smackage!

Nicole P said...

I like her, that was an adorable date and she has my vote :)

The Larsens said...

I know this is edited and put to music so maybe my viewing was a bit coerced, but let me tell you Rick what I enjoyed about this date. Besides the beginning when you first met, and the end when you had to say goodbye at the door, this didn't in any way look like a first date. My first thought was that I could see my husband and myself doing this exact same thing. It was comfortable, and relaxed. There were smiles and laughter. And there were lots of moments of silence. In a long relationship you don't feel the need to entertain one another, but you are entertained by one another. Each moment is not a test, each moment just is. And that's what I enjoyed so much about this date. Like you said in your writing, when there are no walls it's easy to see who someone is and see whether it is something that could last.
And, I like her first name. :)

Melinda said...

She was super cute and I liked getting to know Rick a little "deeper" with what he wrote. (Also, please add the music from the dates again! Thanks!)

kristina and ryan said...

loved her!!! she's too cute! and i have to agree with Miss B :)

Julie Carol Standley said...

& smackage you will get girl! cute cute! I couldn't get enough of these two! & what an awesome date idea. im taking my husband out and geo cashein' stat!

Diana said...

"I wanted some smackage..." HA, this alone makes her my favorite already.

Alicia said...

She is a doll! Already my favorite....

Jenny Robbins said...

HAHAHAHA. "I wanted some smackage." THAT IS AWESOME.

Gazelle said...

I've known Sara since college and I have seen her blossom into a smart, successful and confident young woman. I don't know if "vulnerable" is the best word to describe her, but Sara is certainly one of the most genuine, unguarded and carefree people you'll meet. She will challenge your inhibitions and will illuminate your life with warmth and kindness. I'd love to see a second date!

Jen said...

Fun date! My son's name is Cache (cash), so if you guys get married and have a boy, you can name him Cache in memory of your first date! Good luck :)

Kim said...

That was such a fun date! I wanna try that! Cute that you went out with two Sara's in a row...

KHKELLY said...

sara is pretty rad!!!!

Steph said...

liked it.

LisAway said...

Cute! I have a question/feedback/comment. I'd love to know a tiny bit about the girl each time, maybe what she does for work or what she's studying, mission, where she's from, stuff like that, if possible. I was glad Rick explained that he sort of knew Sara during the interview afterwards. . . :) (keep up the good work! I'm watching from Poland!)

melissa said...

ahhh!!! that's my girl! i wanted some smackage. this is why i love you.

claire said...

i love sara!!!! she's the best!!

Elise said...

pick her pick her pick her!