The Dating Game
Since we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, and my quartet spent a wonderful Friday delivering Singing Valentines, I’ve been thinking a lot about Dating and Love…
The idea for this post arrived via Facebook, when I came across these items:
It made me think even more about some “social” issues that I have come up against time and again. Namely, how much information do you share with a date?
It’s not bad enough that I feel I have to hide what I do for a living (at least initially) for fear of intimidating a potential date, but I struggle with sharing my firearms hobby as well.
I mean really — it’s not like the Mid-Life Dating Game is brimming with men who are looking for an age-appropriate woman anyway (and not 20-something arm-candy). Thus, intimidating a man Financially, Intellectually, and Arsenally (is that even a word?) is not really going to help the situation. LOL! I know there are men out there who could handle it, but I haven’t run across too many of them yet.
Thus, my conundrum. How does one remain “true” to oneself and one’s interests without scaring off any prospects before they have a chance to get to know you? One of my Facebook friends said that there should be a dating website for shooters. After all, there are specific dating sites for various religious groups, and farmers, and I think Alaskans, too, so why not for firearms enthusiasts? Surely the NRA has big enough server space to host something like that?? (hint, hint) LOL!
I can’t be the only one who has come up against these issues. Surely other women shooters have dealt with this as well? After all, Kay found Jerry, right? And Lena just got hitched, and so did Gabby Franco. But they’re cute young things, not a grumpy old broad like me – LOL.
So anyway, I thought it would be a fun subject to talk about.
What about you? What do you think? Do you tell a new date about your shooting habits, or do you bury it until things develop a little more? How do you broach the subject? Do you wait until they see your massive gun safe? LOL. I suppose “carrying” on a date is a must – especially for someone you meet online (besides the usual safety advice about meeting in a public place, etc.) Have you ever met your significant other at a shooting match? At a gun club dinner? In a duck blind?
Have you met anyone at SHOT? …… LOL there’s a fabulous idea!! A Singles Meet and Greet at SHOT!! (Or even the National NRA Convention) Who wants to head up that committee and get a sponsor?!!! Anyone? Bueller?
I’d love to hear people’s experiences and thoughts! Feel free to share either here on on the Facebook page.