Friday, July 8, 2011

{ DATE #7: Kurt Holker }


The first thing I liked about Kurt – his Minnesota accent. What can I say, I’m a sucker for accents! Second thing that impressed me, he’d come all the way from Minnesota! And in order to do that without spending an arm and a leg, he’d flown to Vegas and then drove from there. This guy truly knew how to go the distance and that is a quality I am looking for in a guy so I was instantly attracted.

Kurt chose a fun outdoors activity I have never done before! Soon we were off to Castles N’ Coasters! Now this is a place that I’ve never gone to. I remember seeing it next to the freeway when I was a little girl, driving with my family to visit my grandparents in Mesa. I was always fascinated by it and wished we could stop to ride the coasters. Finally that dream was coming true, thanks to Kurt.

The really great thing is that not only were we going to ride the big rides, but they just built a high ropes course and zip line in the last few months and we hit it up! Kurt had just done a bunch of zip lining on a recent vacation and wanted to share the fun with me. I’ve done high ropes courses before, and zip lined in Hawaii a few years ago, but I was really excited to do it all with him.

We started off with the high ropes course and Kurt showed me right from the beginning that he was able to hold his own. He quickly challenged me to a race across the rope segment ahead of us. I’m always game for some competition! I think the final score put us pretty dead even. But I loved that Kurt was always encouraging and supportive of my successes, while still putting forth his best effort – he didn’t let up for “the girl” which is the way I like it. After the ropes we took the zip line down and back. I count myself lucky that heights don’t really scare me. I love an adrenaline rush so all of this was right up my alley. I loved soaring through the sky, high above the ground. I could tell Kurt was having fun on our adventure as well.

We took a break to get some food and I really enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Kurt some more over dinner. We talked about families, friends, church – all the basics but I like that part of it. The stories that develop out of those conversations tell you a lot about a person. Kurt explained that he’s not the most outgoing person. But at church he’d seen how important it is to reach out to people, so he intentionally goes out of his comfort zone to make sure and meet people at church. Coming out for the date was probably out of his comfort zone, but he did it anyway. I was really impressed by his awareness of others and his willingness to take a risk!

On the drive home we talked about music and I learned that Kurt likes Jason Mraz. Tell you what, anyone that likes Mr. A-Z is good by me – one more reason Kurt’s a winner in my book. I really enjoyed my time with Kurt and am so glad I had a true Midwest guy to come show me how they treat ladies in Minnesota. I could get used to that here in AZ if he would be willing to move...

9 comments:

russell and joanna said...

I really loved that he gave Ashley specific compliments about her - yes! He's very sweet and seems like such a nice, good guy. I felt though that there was a brother-sister feel on their date.

Julie Tomoser said...

What a nice guy. I think it's cool that he took a risk and came all the way from Minnesota.

Megan said...

I've known Kurt for a long time, he is truly one of the best. Great date idea! Looks like they had a lot of fun and the efforts he made to come from MN-well that's just the guy he is :)

Ask Josh said...

"I can't talk, because we had so much fun." I love this guy!

And he saves people from foreclosure and uses the word "cantilevers" in casual conversation.

Find love, Sweet Kurt. Find love.

ktaycall said...

He is super sweet! I still can't believe he came all the way out from Minnesota.

Jennys Quilts said...

Kurt is an awesome and sweet guy - he is a keeper!

Kory said...

Kurt gets my vote!

Kholkerfamily said...

yes Ashley, Kurt would move to the desert for the right girl.

Tammy said...

that looked like a fun date, but I couldn't tell because the filming made it boring......

i dont know if she liked him or not, but he seemed pretty sweet