Monday, 6 March 2017
I've been away for a few days, staying with my daughter to help with her wedding planning. Thankfully she didn't ask me who I would be bringing as my +1, which has bought me some extra time... I have even begun to think of several girl friends I'd love to invite so am also considering that option if I can't come-up with a traditional +1 of the opposite sex.
During my travels, I unwittingly encountered Storm Doris, having booked my flights long before the storm was forecast. My outward flight was cancelled altogether as the the small airline I usually use was grounded pending an investigation by the CAA. During a previous flight they had taken off during 85 mile per hour storm force winds, were unable to land and had to be turned back, where they found the winds too strong to taxi along the run way on landing. To my knowledge, they are still grounded. This made alternative airlines extra busy which meant I couldn't get a seat on another flight until 48 hours after my original timed departure. It was all very stressful and expensive, incurring 4 flights instead of 2, transfers and taxis and lost me 3 nights with my daughter
Anyway, eternal optimist that I am, I saw this as an opportunity to meet new people. On Monday evening, I was travelling on the commuter flight back home, along with besuited gentlemen carrying lap top bags and briefcases instead of cabin bags and rucksacks.
I dressed appropriately, in full make-up, and colourful jacket to get me noticed, and carried my smart handbag and laptop bag over my shoulder, disinheriting my enormous bright pink designer suitcase which on checking it in to the hold had incurred an excess baggage charge of £40!
I thought I recognised one of my fellow passengers as the husband of friends we had some 25 years ago but as I haven't seen him in as many years, I wasn't sufficiently sure it was him, as he was now white haired and leaning on a walking stick, but we did lock eyes from a distance and I sent a smile his way in vague recognition. I now await a reply to my email from my friend, asking if it was indeed her husband on the same flight as me
There was a lot of hanging around between transfers, giving me plenty of time to eye-up the other peeved passengers, and observe how they dealt with the inconvenience. Most males rarely looked up from their laptops and mobile phones. One was reading a large textbook which pages of graphs and figures (no, not of the female form) Others were travelling with male colleagues and spent the entire duration of the flight gossiping about other colleagues. And I thought only females gossiped!
I did have some competition from another female passenger who I heard flirting with a very distinguished male passenger with collar length hair, swept back in a Tarzan sort of way
I had the misfortune to be seated next to a scruffy boho female wearing a beanie hat, who seemed to spend much of the entire flight rummaging in her scruffy back pack for a scruffy looking pot of healthy snacks of nuts and dried fruit which she had presumably bought from home. Having pre-booked myself a window seat, I was able to ignore this middle-aged nervous flyer by looking out of the window. In the dark.
Once the plane had landed, most men hastily switched on their phones and began making calls to wives to confirm that they had landed and to inform them which terminal and gate they could be collected from. No such joy for me, as I had to wait for my checked luggage to arrive on the conveyor belt and wait for the unidentified driver I had booked in advance to collect me from the airport and drive me home, thus avoiding the extortionate cost of parking my own car at the airport.
So, my little adventure was no more fruitful on the dating front than the websites have been, which were notably quiet throughout the time I was away.
On my return I contacted the man whose wife and partner had taken all his money and properties, to let him know that I was home, since he had suggested meeting up early this month. He has replied, expressing surprise that I had remembered our arrangement, and has suggested meeting up ASAP.
Much to my annoyance another month's subscription was automatically taken from my bank account while I was away which I was helpless to do anything about.
And I found a voicemail from Tipperary Man on my dating phone, which I keep forgetting to check, telling me he would be in the UK this coming week and he'd like to meet me. He goes on to say that he hasn't married since our last conversation and I'm still the only person he has spoken to on the ghastly site which he has now left. Interesting that he refers to not marrying, as this is the bloke listed on the peerage website as having 4 marriages to date, something he eludes to mentioning on his dating profile
I think I will go along and meet him, purely for the experience and to be able to add to my claims that I have briefly dated a peer.
I continued to read the weekly newspaper dating column for amusement and/inspiration. Their couples are having as much luck as I am, but at least it is keeping the Dating Doctor in work.
And Agony Uncle has sent me a long cheery email telling me all about his holiday on his Scottish island with his new woman, He's still loved-up and insists their visit to Gretna Green was one of historical and educational interest only Attached to the email is a photo of them both, smiling happily and draped over the Gretna Green sign,
I hate him!