So…I went on a date last night. A really, REALLY great one. And now I’m gonna tell you about it!

Philippe (or Phil, or Bill…more on that shortly) and I “met” on OkCupid and chatted back and forth for a little over a week. He seemed like a gentlemanly kind of guy, very sweet and responsive, but not too clingy. He asked me if I liked Greek food (hell yeah!) and invited me to one of his favourite places for dinner.

I got there first, and I didn’t really know whether to get a table or wait for him by the door. I opted for the latter, while perusing the menu. I got so lost in all the decadent offerings that I completely ignored my phone and failed to notice he’d texted me to say he was in the parking lot. Meanwhile, I kept seeing this car playing musical parking spot in the parking lot and wondering what the guy’s issue was. Just pick a damn spot, man. They’re all the same…

Turns out, that guy was my date. Once I informed him I was waiting inside, he finally settled on a spot and ran in to join me. We had a good laugh when I opened the door for him and welcomed him to the restaurant. After we’d been seated, I said, “So, is there a prize for me getting to the restaurant first?” He said, “How about I pay for dinner?” My face: ๐Ÿ˜€ The only thing better than Greek food is FREE Greek food!

Dinner was delicious but the conversation was even better. I learned that Phil Murray (or Bill Murray as he’s sometimes called by people who mishear his name, or by those who just wish they actually knew a guy named Bill Murray) is half-French, half-Irish, and his accent c’est magnifique! He’s smart, and very complimentary, which also supports the whole him being smart thing. He looks like a combination of Billy Bob Thornton and Humphrey Bogart. Handsome and boyish at the same time. I think I’ll call him Philly Bob Bogart. I can picture Lulu rolling her eyes at me right now. So, Philly, well, he found me to be very amusing. Or, as he put it, “trรจs drรดle.” Sometimes, when I’d make him laugh particularly hard, he’d take my hand and kiss it. ‘Cause Philly Cheese Steak is also quite charming and romantic. Yeah, I can’t settle on a nickname.

I was sitting on the side of the table that was facing a long mirrored wall. Is it just me, or do other people find it weird having a mirror in front of you while you eat? I kept trying to move my head at the same angle his was, so he’d keep me from seeing my reflection in the mirror. Like, I wanted to check myself out, but I didn’t, ’cause I was in a restaurant on a date with a guy and he could probably tell if I was looking at myself. Ya know?

The two hours we spent at the restaurant flew by. He suggested, since the night was still young, that we go for a drive and maybe find someplace to grab dessert. I was very much in favour of that idea. Mostly in favour of taking a joyride in his sexy car. It’s a souped-up Dukes-of-Hazzard-mobile that he named Orange Crush, and I was crushing hard on OC. We ended up driving to a nearby Chapters bookstore and decided we’d grab something sweet at the Starbucks inside.

I might have informed Phil-harmonic that I’m a published author whilst we feasted on feta, so I think he figured a gal like me would enjoy being in a bookstore. Remember how I said he’s smart? *nods* I bought us a couple pirate-themed cake pops from Sbucks, and then I directed Phil-anthropist straight to the romance section. And he didn’t even put up a fight, you guys! I had such fun pointing out titles I’d read, or authors I’d actually met in real life. I found Kristan Higgins’ latest novel, one I read and loved, and mentioned how she and I were pals. Philly Bob thought that was pretty darn cool, as he should. Then I recalled that I had a couple Chapters gift cards in my purse, so I decided I’d buy that book and get it signed at RWA in Orlando.

Phil-osophical carried my book for me all the way to the checkout, which just proves how manly he is, ’cause real men read romance, right, ladies? And then we sat and chatted in Orange Crush, and I noticed my dad had called and left me a message. It was almost 10 o’clock at this point (*gasp* on a school night!), so I told Philly Bob I’d better call my dad so he wouldn’t worry about me. He offered to leave the car so I could have some privacy, but I said he could stay and I’d only be a minute. Dad’s super-important thing he had to tell me was that America’s Got Talent had a lot of amazing acts, including a clown, and I should totally watch it. I promised I would, then I told him I was currently on a date with Phil and couldn’t talk for long. Dad said, “Hi, Bill!” *cue our laughter*

Before the night ended, we both agreed a second date was much needed. We’re going for Thai food next, at my fave place! He dropped me back off at the restaurant parking lot, and said he was gonna kiss me, and he did, and it was great and stuff. ๐Ÿ˜€ Now I’m eating leftover Greek food in my office and grinning and wishing there was a mirror in front of me so I could see how dorky I look.



21 thoughts on “Opa!”

  1. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Sounds like a great date! My Bill knows a trip to the bookstore caps any date perfectly. Opa!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Those Bills and Phils are smart men! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Mags! Opa!

  2. Michelle Kelly says:

    Fabulous. Love the hand kissing. I am jealous of going you going back to the Thai place. I know that place! We had our date there LOL

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! I take all my favourite people there, but our date was the most special of all. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, my Canadian sistah!

  3. Laurie says:

    Yes. I did roll my eyes and chuckle at the nicknames. I could picture you thinking up as many as you could. he sounds like a really great guy, and definitely second date worthy. Smart, polite, and a good kisser, not bad at all. Well done, Phillipe.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      ๐Ÿ˜€ He’s got the MamaLu seal of approval! Woohoo! Glad you find me at least a little drรดle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Laurie says:

        I also thought of Michel and the French businessmen who thought he was tres drole. Did you say you were from Tex-As?

  4. Carol says:

    Oh how I’ve missed your dating commentaries. “Phil? Like the groundhog Phil?” sounds like a great guy. Hope the upcoming Thai date is just as much fun as the Greek one. I have to ask, does his car come complete with the Dukes’ horn?
    (We all know you are trรจs drรดle. Et trรจs jolie, aussi! And I have now used up what little French I remember…)

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Dang it, I knew I missed one! Punxsutawney Phil! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m not sure about the horn; he never had to use it. But I’ll ask! Votre franรงais est merveilleux!

  5. Gilly says:

    As I’ve told you before, your first impressions are stellar! “Hi, I’m Jewels, and I love smut!” That won my heart a decade ago. I’m glad your Philhellenic night went so well!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      LOL! Thanks, Gilly! It’s still true to this day! ๐Ÿ˜€ xoxo

  6. Michele says:

    JB! Sounds like an awesome date! Glad you had fun.๐Ÿ’• Thanks for the giggles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      BB! Hi! Thanks for stopping by, and the giggles are always free of charge! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Kristan Higgins says:

    Totally crushing on Philadelphia! Loved the post, too! So nice to read about a first date that went well. Better than folding his laundry, right?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      ๐Ÿ˜€ <-- my actual face right now. Hi Kristan! Lol I didn't think of Philadelphia, either! That's another good nickname! This was WAY better than folding laundry! Haha

  8. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Happy friend here after reading this post. Too hilarious also. Daughter married a terrific guy met on dating thingy. Love to you, dear girl and happiness ahead in my prayers.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you so much, my sweet friend! Your daughter gives me hope! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  9. Teresa Cypher says:

    ~Smiling~ I LOVE to read your adventures in online dating–fictional or not. Hugs! Enjoy the next date!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Smiling back! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much for your support, Teresa, in everything I do! It’s greatly appreciated! *hugs*

  10. trin carl says:

    I’m excited for you. I’m actually still waiting for my bro’s Ok cupid story. Being the over protected sis that I am, I had my doubts but “let love live” as I say.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much for the support! Good luck to your bro! ๐Ÿ™‚

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