When I reached the endcap, from the peanut butter aisle I hear the man exclaim, "Good God!"
"If you're not married, I need to take you out."
I paused and kept hiding at the endcap, caught off guard. He continued, "What will it be?"
I managed a feeble, "Maybe," then finally came back to join him after he repeated my statement.
I noticed him better this time. He was my type. He asked for my email address and we joked about our groceries.
I left him for the checkout line, later feeling guilty about exchanging contact info with someone after all the good things that have been going on with Arms. Mr. Peanut Butter (I'll call him PB) emailed me the next morning, but it was a busy day and I didn't write him back until the next afternoon. We exchanged one more round of emails within the next two days, and then things started getting a bit off.
His email started off polite but said our original date plans wouldn't work because he'd made another appointment. He eventually outright said:
You take too long to respond. It's like I'm trying to make plans with a "slow" person ;)Then the email ended.
Then I noticed another email, written a few hours after the last.
Hey there Slow. You have a couple of options. 5pm at XX. Or 8pm at XYZ. What will it be, Slow?I wasn't amused. His email was offensive. Childish. Impatient. Inconsiderate.
Did he ask if I'd had a busy week? No. If I didn't hear from an online dating prospect for a couple days, I wouldn't sweat it. He's busy and he'll write back if he's interested enough. Beyond that, each avenue of communication has its own inherent timeframe. Instant Messages are usually immediate. Texting is a little longer. Personal email timeframes are a little longer. I find that messages on online dating sites are often one, two, or more days apart. I don't have access to my personal email at work (we have wonky Wi-Fi) so I'd taken around 12 to 24 hours to respond to each of his messages - not out of the ordinary at all.
If PB had asked for my phone number (and not my email) in the first place, we might already be negotiating plans for date two.
Unfortunately, PB never got to see me again after that first meeting in the peanut butter aisle. Guess I am so "Slow" that it's going to take me literally an eternity to write him back.