One scorching afternoon in July I sought refuge at Insight Roasters with the intention of studying the heat away under an industrial strength air conditioning vent. Plus, my mild brain fog suggested I could use more insight in my life anyway. Looking around to claim a spot in the tight quarters, I asked a young woman if the seat across from her was taken. “Oh, I’m actually, saving that seat for someone—but this one next to me is free!” She slung her purse over her shoulder and cleared a space. “Sorry,” she said in a flustered tone. “I’m waiting for one of those online dating deals.”
“Well that’s fun.” I said, trying not to reveal any personal negative opinions about those deals she spoke of. “Well, sort of…” She trailed off and I raised my eyebrows until she continued talking.
“Yeah, last time he canceled, and this time he’s already twenty minutes late, no text.” She looked down at her iPhone clock and sighed. Intrigued by the conversational door she just opened, I couldn’t help but ask a small follow-up question. Soon this unraveled into a conversation about dating etiquette, “banter based assumptions,” worship music, and outdoor activities. In the end her date never showed up, and I never finished my flash cards, but nevertheless, we exchanged phone numbers and left more conversationally enriched than before.
Please note: All names have been changed for confidentiality purposes but the message remains the same. Stay tuned for part 5!