By Friday, October 30, 2009, LolaRuns was wiped out. She had already been on two consecutive dinner dates with two different men on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
But LolaRuns was committed to go on yet another dinner date on Friday evening at 7pm at Il Fornaio in Reston Town Center with Salesdude.
From work, LolaRuns changed out of her suit into a bright blue clingy dress with ruched sides and black heels. Over the dress, she wore her cream coloured rain coat and diamond earrings.
LolaRuns arrived at 7pm at Il Fornaio and proceeded to the bar where she scanned the people for a sign of Salesdude. With him nowhere in sight, LolaRuns took the lone empty seat at the crowded bar and occupied herself with facebook updates from friends on her Palm Pre. At 5 minutes after 7pm, she turned her head to the right first and then to the left to search for Salesdude and as she did so, LolaRuns and Salesdude made eye contact and smiled delightedly. Hopping down from the bar stool, LolaRuns and Salesdude hugged briefly.
"Would you like to come down this end of the bar where there is more room?" he asked. I nodded dutifully while Salesdude took my coat and we made our way to the end of the bar. We sat down and over two glasses of champagne each, got lost in conversation for an hour before Salesdude realized that the maitre'd had overlooked us and our table. At 8pm, Salesdude checked with the maitre'd who apologized profusely and led us to a table where we sat down to a delicious meal of canneloni. From dinner, we went to Passion Fish for drinks. What was happening as we went from bar to restaurant to bar? Really good conversation on both sides. Salesdude asked great questions about family, friends, career, aspirations, the past and I reciprocated. He even went so far as to ask about how I would select my person for a serious relationship. In LolaRuns style, I opened up about my Matrix. Salesdude was a bit shocked at first but was intrigued.
At the end of the date, Salesdude walked me to my car and even though it was just Friday, October 30, 2009, he was smart enough to ask me out for Friday, November 6, 2009. LolaRuns was smart enough to say yes.