FIRST - It's a new month, which means new Date a Weekers! I'm so excited for you to meet the newest, hottest singles on the market.
SECOND - Make sure to check out Date a Week The Podcast! Listen to me and fellow Date a Weeker, Ryan Opton, banter with fellow comedians about dating and straight/lgbtq+ sexuality. It's fun, flirty and sometimes scandalous! Search "Date a Week" wherever you listen to podcasts.
Meet Sam Davies
Name: Sam Davies
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Dating apps you're using: Hinge / Friends
Job: Sales at ADP
Looking for: nothing serious right now, but i’m not opposed to it! I like to live life on the wild side so I’m looking for someone to keep me on my toes! Bonus points if you’re driven, funny, and outgoing.
Last Relationship: I had a long term, serious relationship for 2 years, but after that i’ve had casual relationships for a couple months at a time.
Meet Luke Broyles
Name: Luke Broyles
Location: Los Angeles
Dating apps you're using: Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge
Job: Universal Studios Tour Guide
Looking for: I’m not looking for anything serious at the moment but I’m open to anything. Just looking for something casual, good conversation, and tons of laughs!
Last Relationship: 7 years (2012-2019)
Key Takeaways: Everyone deserves a second chance
Name: David, a simple name for a simple guy
Length of date: 2 hours
How the date was obtained: Old Friend
Where: Whiskey Street Restaurant in Salt Lake City
My first date wasn’t a showstopper, but it also wasn't a total trainwreck either. Funny enough, this was actually my second time going out with this David. I went out with David last fall, and we had a decent time together. It wasn’t amazing, but not something I would rule out automatically. But 2 weeks ago, I bumped into him at a local bar and he asked me for a second chance, so I thought: what the hell, why not?
So, we planned to go to the Whiskey Street Restaurant - a rustic, energetic bar in Salt Lake. From the moment we sat down, we automatically started to catch up. It started off with basic things about quarantine stories, where we’re working now… stuff like that. I felt like I had to pull the conversation out of him for the first hour. You know when you’re having a good conversation but in the back of your head you have to think about the next question you’re going to ask to avoid the awkward silence? That was me.
After a while, the conversation started to pick up and I was having a much better time with him. We started having more in-depth conversations and I can tell that he was really invested, which was so nice. Don't get me wrong - I love having those meaningful conversations, but I also love to laugh a lot, especially on a first date. I think that was the area that I needed to feel a stronger connection towards him. Eventually, I looked at the time and it was already 9:30 on a Wednesday, so we decided to call it a night and head home.
We got in his car and he let me DJ on the way back, so naturally I blasted Cardi B and rapped all of the words. Now, I was in my element. Unfortunately, I wasn't in my element for long because things got AWKWARD when he dropped me off at my apartment. We hugged goodbye and then he leaned in for a kiss. Luckily, I have quick reflexes and turned away, making him kiss my cheek! It was cringe worthy. I felt so awkward and bad! I said thank you and goodbye and literally ran to the Walgreens next to my apartment, bought a pint of ice cream, and went back home to eat my feelings and debrief. Overall, I’m so happy that I went out with him. Everyone deserves a second chance, and even though it wasn’t a game changer for me, I’m still happy I tried. I’m looking forward to being good friends and excited for my next 3 dates in March!
The future for us… Good friends. I don't see a third date in our future, but I'd love to still see him around and continue to be friends!
Next Week: I don't have a date lined up yet, but I have two people in mind that I have a feeling I'll go out with. Both from Hinge actually, so I'm excited!
Key Takeaways: I am way less nervous, and therefore less awkward, after one beer.
Name: Lee because we laughed about how we kept saying "Absolutely"
Length of date: 5 hours
How the date was obtained: Bumble
Where: Hennessy's in Redondo Beach
I want to start out by saying I haven't had a ton of experience or success with using dating apps. I got dumped early in 2020 after a 7 year relationship, so not only was I trying to date for the first time since high school, I now had the added obstacle of trying to date during a global pandemic. I downloaded Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge right away but had no idea what I was doing. My first interaction on Tinder ended with me getting scammed out of $600 (which is a story for another time). I got pretty discouraged on the apps and over the past year I have had minimal matches and when I wasn’t getting ghosted, a few virtual dates took place but no one I’d want to bring home to mama. I know, I know, poor me boo hoo yada yada, let’s just get to my date this week.
I say all of this to let you know that I get very nervous during first dates. More nervous than when I try out new material at an open mic. So when I matched with Lee on Bumble, I thought it was going to be more of the same nervous energy, but as it turns out, I went to school with her brother and she already knew who I was. This was a huge relief because I never feel like I’m able to properly express myself through a dating profile. I had to be honest and tell her I didn’t remember her at all since she was two grades behind me but that didn’t matter and we set up a date for Thursday night. As I was getting closer to her house, those nerves started creeping in. I pulled up outside and as I saw her walking to my car, I got out to open the door for her but did it in an awkward way where it startled her. We laughed it off and I figured the date could only go up from there. I took her to the Riviera Village in Redondo Beach and we decided on Hennessy’s. She broke the ice when she ordered a giant beer so I did the same. After that, the nerves went away and the conversation started to flow like a beer that flows like a wine. We talked about all the dogs that walked by, her horrible first date in high school with one of my best friends, and our shared love of the Beastie Boys. There were a ton of laughs and there was never a lull. After the meal we both didn’t want to leave yet even though we both had to wake up early the next day. As we were walking out we ran into my friend Hunter and his date and they asked us to join them so we did. We had a few more drinks and a lot more laughs. It was a great way to end the date. I took her home and we still were having great conversation the whole way. I walked her to the door and gave her a hug. Then I hit her with the classic, “Can I kiss you?’ line. She said she was more of a kiss on the second or third date kinda gal and I completely respected it. I drove home with a big goofy smile on my face because we had already talked about going out again. Overall, it was a great date and I am excited to see where this date a week journey takes me because the bar is already set pretty high.
The future for us… I would definitely love to see Lee again!
Next Week: I have a date set up for next Monday that I got through a "Shoot your shot" room on clubhouse.