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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-12-2017, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Coming back to the dating world

Hey Everyone!

This is JBH, coming back to the forums.

In case anyone isn't aware, I've been separated from my ex since January 2016, and I was officially divorced in May 2016.

So after taking some time off from the whole relationship/dating/women aspect of my life, and thoroughly indulging in some of my nerdier hobbies, I've been seriously considering getting back into the whole relationship/dating circle again.

Currently, I'm out of town on a business trip.
My company is paying for me to help in our San Francisco location. I'm working insane hours(about 55+ per week) , and only one day off a week, but with a nice clean hotel room to myself. To best understand this, I work at a call center based in Columbus Oh. We're an nationwide company with locations in all 50 states. Outside of our 3 call centers, we have our "Supershops" which act as a central hub that oversees the smaller shops in the area, and has a larger facility and staff. I'm helping out at one of these Supershops.


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Glad you took 10 months off to get it together and work on yourself
instead of rushing into the dating smorgashborg.

Be careful out there with eyes wide open and dont fall for the first pretty you run into.
be patient and discerning.
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Hey Everyone!

This is JBH, coming back to the forums.

In case anyone isn't aware, I've been separated from my ex since January 2016, and I was officially divorced in May 2016.

So after taking some time off from the whole relationship/dating/women aspect of my life, and thoroughly indulging in some of my nerdier hobbies, I've been seriously considering getting back into the whole relationship/dating circle again.

Currently, I'm out of town on a business trip.
My company is paying for me to help in our San Francisco location. I'm working insane hours(about 55+ per week) , and only one day off a week, but with a nice clean hotel room to myself. To best understand this, I work at a call center based in Columbus Oh. We're an nationwide company with locations in all 50 states. Outside of our 3 call centers, we have our "Supershops" which act as a central hub that oversees the smaller shops in the area, and has a larger facility and staff. I'm helping out at one of these Supershops.Hey Everyone!

This is JBH, coming back to the forums.

In case anyone isn't aware, I've been separated from my ex since January 2016, and I was officially divorced in May 2016.

So after taking some time off from the whole relationship/dating/women aspect of my life, and thoroughly indulging in some of my nerdier hobbies, I've been seriously considering getting back into the whole relationship/dating circle again.

Currently, I'm out of town on a business trip.
My company is paying for me to help in our San Francisco location. I'm working insane hours(about 55+ per week) , and only one day off a week, but with a nice clean hotel room to myself. To best understand this, I work at a call center based in Columbus Oh. We're an nationwide company with locations in all 50 states. Outside of our 3 call centers, we have our "Supershops" which act as a central hub that oversees the smaller shops in the area, and has a larger facility and staff. I'm helping out at one of these Supershops.

Hi @JBH

Sorry to hear about your divorce. I'm glad that you've used some other activities to help you through the healing process because that's really important.

Good on you for wanting to get back in the game. It's that level of action that ensures that you will get your feet off the ground and be open to love again. Like anything, when previous circumstances haven't quite panned out in the way we would have liked them to, it's easy to fall into a negative mindset but taking action and maintaining an optimistic viewpoint is the key to further success - and it's no different in the dating world.

Do you have any fears at all as you embark on this journey?

The other thing is to make sure that you optimise your environment for future dating. What I mean by that is that if you have no time at all or are travelling lots, then when you do go on dates, it's easy for the hours you work etc to sabotage your chances of progressing the relationship. Just an additional thought here if you are wanting to move into a serious relationship. If it's just casual, then that's a different story altogether.

I hope that all makes sense.

Good luck my friend.

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A friend is getting remarried soon - I suppose early 40's? Idk. Looks pretty young and is in decent shape.

Met him on the train recently and he said it's wild out there. Lots of bat sh*t crazy women but lots of sex. He said he was getting bjs on the street corner even. So he had his fun but met an amazing women after he roamed a bit.

So I guess be prepared to go with the flow and if the women just want to bone be prepared for that too. That's what he said - NSA in many cases - the women wanted to hit it and quit it.

Either way I think you win - NSA sex or a good woman looking for a relationship.

So your limited time might be just fine for many on OLD. Reach out and see what you pull back


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A friend is getting remarried soon - I suppose early 40's? Idk. Looks pretty young and is in decent shape.

Met him on the train recently and he said it's wild out there. Lots of bat sh*t crazy women but lots of sex. He said he was getting bjs on the street corner even. So he had his fun but met an amazing women after he roamed a bit.

So I guess be prepared to go with the flow and if the women just want to bone be prepared for that too. That's what he said - NSA in many cases - the women wanted to hit it and quit it.

Either way I think you win - NSA sex or a good woman looking for a relationship.

So your limited time might be just fine for many on OLD. Reach out and see what you pull back


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Wow, what was he doing to get that kinda crazy sex and BJ's on the corner, lol.
Was he really good-looking or perhaps he's got his player skills down!

That actually sounds very appealing to me right now. I'm 39, so I guess I'm in that age range? Funny thing thing is, I kinda skipped that whole "roaming" phase when I was in my teens, 20s'. In fact, I didn't really date, have sex or any relationships with women until I met my XW.

I'll admit, I'm not a super-handsome or tall. I'm about average in both regards. I probably need a new wardrobe. But I've also heard if you're really funny, charming and you've got good social skills (or money) women don't care as much about that.

I guess I just need a good starting point.

Also, I did decide to ask this girl out. She works in a different shop, so I've never met her.

We've lots of playful joking/bantering the past few days via Skype (where my suave skills are much more refined--I feel like I'm great when it comes to IM/Skype or txt, but my face to face, RL social skills need work). She's been telling me I brighten her day, laughing at my jokes, and using a decent amount of emoticons.

Below is the conversation, I think/hope she's interested in at least meeting up for a day and having fun.

After we shared some stories about how stressful/difficult some companies are to work with, I said...
"Hey, at least weekends' coming up...Do you have weekends off?"

She responded "Yeah, for now I do...no plans, I'm just happy to have a few days off without being haunted by ringing phones... What about you? any plans?

When she said that, it sounded like an open invitation to ask her out! Without me asking if she had plans, she volunteered the information that she did not, and even asked if I did!

I responded, "Nothing set in stone, but I was thinking about checking out some mountains or local wildlife areas, I really love the scenery around here"

she responded by recommending MT diablo, and mentioned it had lots of cool views and hikes.

Right on queue, I said "I was thinking, We should totally hang out. I would like to meet you and have lunch at the very least
..and then, if you want to show me some of the sights of the city, especially outdoor stuff
I would be totally up for that"

her: "yeah totally! im not too familiar with the outdoors stuff in san rafael but i know of some in the bay area!!"

Me: awesome! what's your number. I'll text you later and we'll figure something fun to do together

her: i actually dont have a phone at the moment!! it broke yesterday and i cracked the screen really bad! plus im switching service so when i get my new number ill give it to you!

After that, I asked her when she would be getting her new phone and why she was switching. She said "Hopefully tomorrow and its because SPRINT SUCKS!"


My only concern is the broken phone...but I think she's still interested in meeting me. I just know a lot of times girls use the "broken phone" excuse, but I'm thinking this could be legit.

What do you guys think?
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The odds aren't good on a broken phone.
But who cares? Do your thing. If she doesn't come back w a phone number, keep moving.

I don't recommend dating anyone at your work place, though. Just a bad idea.
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@Evinrude58 Thanks for your input. I was also suspicious of the "broken phone" excuse. I also just realized that even if you change providers you can still keep your phone #. Regardless this will be a one time deal. I'm guessing it will be a daytime date/lunch for fun. Also, she doesn't really work at the same place as me, she works for the same company but she's in CA at a small shop, I'm at a different shop, and I love in Ohio.
On the plus side, why would she Volunteer the information that she was free on the weekend and ask if I had plans. I didn't even ask about it. If she wasn't interested, I would assume she wouldntb mention her plans for weeknd until I asked or say she was busy, had a Bf, kids, family activity or something. Seems like a hint to ask her out.
Any other opinions.
Regardless, I'm gonna have some fun this weekend.

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@thetruthhurts What is OLD?


Old = on line dating.
Btw my friend is just an average dad body guy. So there's no magic there.

Someone on TAM said they had hundreds of quick dates in order to find "the one". I guess a simple cup of coffee and move on if there's no match.

So my takeaway is just don't overthink it,don't set expectations,!and put yourself out there.

39 is a perfect age actually - lots of women late 20's to late30's looking for a guy who's not a ****


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JBH, the best thing you can do to get lots of successful dates is just be direct and take charge. If I like a women I just ask her out directly and then suggest a day, time, and place to meet. The biggest way that guys sabotage themselves is by being wishy washy. Same thing goes for initiating sex. Just be direct with what you want, but not in a creepy way. For example, if you go hiking with the woman and you two click, just ask her if she'd like to come over to your place for supper after she gets cleaned up and to bring a bottle of wine.

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@Evinrude. Thanks for your input. I was also suspicious of the "broken phone" excuse. I also just realized that even if you change providers you can still keep your phone #. Regardless this will be a one time deal. I'm guessing it will be a daytime date/lunch for fun. Also, she doesn't really work at the same place as me, she works for the same company but she's in CA at a small shop, I'm at a different shop, and I love in Ohio.
On the plus side, why would she Volunteer the information that she was free on the weekend and ask if I had plans. I didn't even ask about it. If she wasn't interested, I would assume she wouldntb mention her plans for weeknd until I asked or say she was busy, had a Bf, kids, family activity or something. Seems like a hint to ask her out.
Any other opinions.
Regardless, I'm gonna have some fun this weekend.
Don't sweat the phone or for that matter anything else. Regardless of whether you meet this woman or not, the fact is that you made a move - you asked her out. Build on that. Have no expectations of a yes or a no. The more you ask the easier it gets. But I guarantee you will be surprised just how many yes responses you will get. Continue to build on your successes and learn from your mistakes. In short order you will find it easier to ask for numbers and dates. In time you will find the courage to ask for whatever else you are seeking as well. (I mean what you are really seeking, whether it is just sex or something longer term) Once again you will be surprised at how easy it is. In fact I think you will probably kick yourself for being so afraid for so long about advocating for yourself.
I was the same as you. Few dates and even fewer LTRs before I married. I realize now that most of that had to do with me. I was afraid to advocate for myself. If I met a woman I found attractive, I would get all stressed and tense up. I am sure I gave off bad vibes. Looking back I had plenty of opportunities, I was just too afraid to pursue them. Now as a 56 year old post divorce man, I am finding that there are still plenty of opportunities and all I have to do is ask for my needs to met and they will be. Perhaps not with this one or that one, but eventually.
Like you, I am still trying to figure out what I want and what I like, but that knowledge will come with experience. So be patient, have fun and face your fears.

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Don't sweat the phone or for that matter anything else. Regardless of whether you meet this woman or not, the fact is that you made a move - you asked her out. Build on that. Have no expectations of a yes or a no. The more you ask the easier it gets. But I guarantee you will be surprised just how many yes responses you will get. Continue to build on your successes and learn from your mistakes. In short order you will find it easier to ask for numbers and dates. In time you will find the courage to ask for whatever else you are seeking as well. (I mean what you are really seeking, whether it is just sex or something longer term) Once again you will be surprised at how easy it is. In fact I think you will probably kick yourself for being so afraid for so long about advocating for yourself.
I was the same as you. Few dates and even fewer LTRs before I married. I realize now that most of that had to do with me. I was afraid to advocate for myself. If I met a woman I found attractive, I would get all stressed and tense up. I am sure I gave off bad vibes. Looking back I had plenty of opportunities, I was just too afraid to pursue them. Now as a 56 year old post divorce man, I am finding that there are still plenty of opportunities and all I have to do is ask for my needs to met and they will be. Perhaps not with this one or that one, but eventually.
Like you, I am still trying to figure out what I want and what I like, but that knowledge will come with experience. So be patient, have fun and face your fears.

Thanks Ynot, I appreciate your comments. It's very encouraging...especially in regards to women saying yes more then one would expect. I like what you're saying about advocating for oneself...I think I'm my own worst enemy in that regard. I always seem to come up with a million reasons to not approach. Some men say the biggest thing that stops them is "fear of rejection". I'm not sure if that's what's stopping me, but I guess my main fears are what to say, how to break the ice, coming off as creepy or awkward. If I were to ask out girls at my local office or workplace, I might worry about it seeming creepy or being inappropriate, or them being married, or underage/too young etc.
In general, I'm also concerned about what to say, and maybe even annoying people if/when I approach them at random, haha. sounds silly, but those are the thoughts that run through my head.

I'm seriously considering some OLD's (I have POF account, but it's been inactive, because I wanted to polish my profile with some better but since I'm leaving this location on the 23rd and going back to OH, I might wait til I get back, unless I sign u for those ONS sites, like Tinder (beyond that, I'm not sure what other sites are out there)
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Thanks Ynot, I appreciate your comments. It's very encouraging...especially in regards to women saying yes more then one would expect. I like what you're saying about advocating for oneself...I think I'm my own worst enemy in that regard. I always seem to come up with a million reasons to not approach. Some men say the biggest thing that stops them is "fear of rejection". I'm not sure if that's what's stopping me, but I guess my main fears are what to say, how to break the ice, coming off as creepy or awkward. If I were to ask out girls at my local office or workplace, I might worry about it seeming creepy or being inappropriate, or them being married, or underage/too young etc.
In general, I'm also concerned about what to say, and maybe even annoying people if/when I approach them at random, haha. sounds silly, but those are the thoughts that run through my head.

I'm seriously considering some OLD's (I have POF account, but it's been inactive, because I wanted to polish my profile with some better but since I'm leaving this location on the 23rd and going back to OH, I might wait til I get back, unless I sign u for those ONS sites, like Tinder (beyond that, I'm not sure what other sites are out there)
Two things. First off, I feel those random thoughts are anything but random. They happen for a reason. It isn't just by chance that we have them. You might catch the color of some woman's eye. The shape of her breast. The way she smiles. Something she said, or the way she said it. Regardless of why, we decide when some one is interesting to us. The problem is making the assumption we are some how annoying them with our attention. IMO, this stems from a lack of self esteem, where ultimately we feel we are not worthy of success. Which is why I refer to this type of thinking as Fear of Success.
Second off, I am right exactly where you are coming back to. Perhaps some day we will meet in person. It never hurts to extend your social circle. You never know how many connections you may make along the way.

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@Bananapeel, @Ynot

Thanks for your advice again!

So, it looks like things aren't going to pan out w/ the girl who had a broken phone. Yesterday, I talked to her a little, she seemed to still be enjoying the conversation, but we didn't talk as much and she didn't respond to one of the last questions I asked her (which was just about the new manager training at her location)

I figured today would be the day I would ask her if she got a phone, or rather, I had planned to ask "So, what did you get, Iphone or Android?"

Regardless, she didn't show up for work today, didn't log on to her IM and AfaIK, she has the weekend off. The only think I could do at this point is send her an email (to her Work mail) and leave my phone number on the off-chance she actually checks it.

Does the seem desperate?
I'll be honest, I didn't want to put too much stock into this happening, but when she seemed genuinely interested, it really got my hopes up.
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Alright everyone,

So, I don't think the date I mentioned above is happening (at least not this weekend).

However, I'm still kinda hoping I can get some social experience, maybe find someone to hang out with, and if I really feel lucky, try to hook-up.

But again, I'm not sure confident, especially when it comes to randomly approaching strangers and starting convos or trying to hit on/flirt with them. Any tips on that would be great!

Also, I dl'ed Tinder and starting doing some swiping. At first that's all I did on top of trying to upload an okay photo of myself (again, not super handsome guy, so Idk if anyone would go for me on looks alone). I just now found out I could read profiles. Is there any way to messages someone before they "swipe" you? So far, no matches.

Any other "short-term" relationship advice would be appreciated.
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