Friday, January 27, 2012

Me llamo Isherwood Wildwalker ¿Y tú?

I signed my life away yesterday for the new house. Normally when you sign you also get the keys, or at least that is how I remember it. Since this house was a foreclosed government owned home, I won’t get keys for another 3-4 business days. The great news is, I wasn’t really expecting keys until mid-February, so this is early!

I move really slow, so by the time I get all the repairs done, and finally move everything in, it might be late March.

First things first, I need to schedule the furnace and hot water heater people to come out and explain the crazy setup. I want to at least get an estimate from the alarm company to upgrade and activate the alarm system, not sure if I will actually activate the system.

Appliance shopping is early on the list as well.

But I don’t want to even make a phone call until I get the signed paperwork and the keys in my hand.


A friend of mine is trying to hold private Spanish language lessons in his front room. The first class was last night. Out of 6 people, I was the only one that didn’t already have conversational Spanish. Me llamo Isherwood Wildwalker ¿Y tú?

I don’t know if I will continue the classes, but it was kinda fun. I don’t have any passion for learning it though, I really only went to be supportive of my friend’s desire to teach it to us.


Going to another gig with my friend’s ukulele band Friday night. This is their first paying gig with an actual cover charge!

And another 40th birthday party Saturday night. This could be an interesting party. I might only know a couple of people. This will be a good test to see if I can talk to single women without automatically putting up a wall. I know it sounds cliché, but I should try to actually work to get a phone number of someone I feel interested in.

Since I’ve started dating again after my wife died, my latest M.O. is not to engage women that I find interesting, but rather sit and wait until women find ME interesting enough to pursue. That needs to change. I need to make the effort to seek out interesting people.


  1. Congratulations! Your name learning is fun but I can tell you that if you should go to Mexico … there are so many different ways to say whatever … depending on where you are.

    donde esta el bano? and Una cerveza mas, por favor are important things to know…. kinda universal, I think so.

    As regard your wimmin fishing… I used to be in on the meat market business … single for 41 years and loved it for the most part… I've heard every pickemup line in the book …

    If you are interested in someone … please, just smile --- no phony bullshit smile … just a genuine --- hi! smile.

    I loved meeting a guy who just said hi! with a smile. no words. no gyrating about showing your cute little bottom or flexing muscles or --- God forbid the 70s and 80s no button your shirt dudes… man

    And, yes… if you're the type who just sits and waits for the woman to find you interesting… that just implies you are arrogant.

    But to be genuinely interested in someone and just talk… no bullshit… is where it's at… seriously.

    I know I'm 112 years old but things can't be too different.

    Women like men who are interesting and INTERESTED … don't fake it… and be honest. --- and please have a sense of humor and don't be afraid to laugh! be confident but not arrogant.

    ok? no charge ;)

    1. Carolyn,
      Thank you!
      And awesome for the insider-info on the dating scene. I've never been a fast enough thinker to try to use a pick-up line, and I agree with you that the best introduction can be a simple hello.

  2. I think you should do that Joey Tribbiani from Friends line as you approach them. "How you doinng?" Works every time.

    1. I'll need to put some hair gel in, and unbutton my shirt first.

  3. I, too, have no conversational Spanish, although I do have an interesting mix of various German, Russian, French, and "Jive" sentences that I can run together. I'm sure it's as funny as I think it is. :-)

    I'm going to sit on the idea of paying a cover charge to see a ukulele band for a while. :-) There's something in that that strikes me as humorous. Then again, a lot of things strike me as humorous.

    Dating. Hmm. Women like men who look open to conversation and new ideas -- and to them. A smile is your best bet. And if you were thinking of wearing a tee-shirt that says something like "I Beta-Tested Your Girlfriend" or "It's Not Going to Lick Itself", bear in mind that that's the kind of girl you'll get.

    :-) You're welcome.

    Greetings from Mpls,