Date #28–Special Pass

May 24, 2009

So, my last date in AZ fell through. And let’s be honest, I didn’t really have the time or energy to find a replacement. I gave myself a special card since I went on a 2-for-1 a few weeks ago…so technically 31 dates has or will still occur! Sorry crew, I know it is a lame cop-out.  Just to make it up to you, I found a guy on the way home in Wickenburg. I listened for 31 minutes about his criminal life at the tree. Does that count??

Google Love Meter 78%

Gotta love Mr. Seward!

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Date #27–Mr. Aaron

May 23, 2009

IMG_0091On my way to meet Mr. Aaron I got a little nervous. Just for a few seconds and I don’t really know why. Maybe it was because I didn’t know the friend of a friend’s friend who set us up? Maybe it was because my sister dropped me off at the mall, to meet up with my date just like we were in middle school??? Who really knows why?? It reminded me of myself just 27 days ago and then made me realize how far I’ve come. And then I thought about how much fun I’ve had and what great people I’ve met and the nerves settled. (It’s a little funny because when we were saying goodbye, Mr. Aaron mentioned me not getting nervous anymore. I had already forgotten about  the few seconds I had had earlier in the evening.)

Mr. Aaron and I met at this really cool organic, locally grown food restaurant here in Arizona. He got my chair…nothing makes me feel more like a lady then when a man gets my chair at dinner. The restaurant had a fun ambiance and it was a great start to the evening. Mr. Aaron is close to finishing his master’s degree in acupuncture. He was so interesting to talk to and so patient with my 547 ignorant questions! I have always wanted to learn about acupuncture and really believe in its healing powers and now I had free reign to ask all I wanted! It was so much fun! 🙂

After dinner we drove out to Gilbert to see the play, “Charly’s Aunt”. It was a fun play that was perfect for a date. It was funny and adorable. And it was in the coolest theater. It was a round theater and we had perfect seats! It had the coolest feel to it! I loved it. It was here that Mr. Aaron randomly started talking about his musical talents like everyone had them!! He plays multiple instruments including, fiddle, guitar, trumpet, piano (I know I am missing some), he sings, and to top it all off…he composes music! He has written songs! That is just crazy in my logical head….and so cool. I really admire people who are able to express artistically what they think in their head. Not only was I amazed at his schooling/profession now I amazed at his artistic ability! All the while, was Mr. Aaron thinking “what’s the big deal”…but it is a big deal!

Mr. Aaron is comfortable in his own skin. He is understanding and calm. Those are probably my top three favorite traits in people, so it was a good night getting to know a good person.

My Favs:

  1. He is involved in and good at things I’ve always wanted to know about.
  2. Comfortable in his own skin, understanding and calm
  3. Great, great smile!
  4. Gentleman…he even got my door when I was inside the car! And he did it the right way! J By informing me that he’ll get me door…preventing me from looking special sitting in the car.
  5. We got to eat healthy food tonight!! 🙂

Google Love Meter 67%


Date #26–Mr. Mike M.

May 22, 2009

This is getting really hard…really!

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I started hearing about Mr. Mike several months ago. I received a phone call from one of my friends in Arizona telling me all about him. I could hear my friend’s husband in the back gushing over Mr. Mike. I think I heard about accomplishments that occurred while Mr. Mike was in 3rd grade! I was wondering if I was being represented as well as Mr. Mike was to me!  My friend’s husband really couldn’t stress enough just what an impressive, good man Mr. Mike is; so much so,  I wondered if my friend’s husband wanted to date Mr. Mike!!! 🙂

So when this project came to fruition and I knew I was going to be coming to Phoenix it seemed only appropriate to see if Mr. Mike would be willing to be part of the project. He was. And yes, he is just as impressive as my friends say he is!

Mr. Mike seemed so natural and genuine. I got the impression that he is extremely humble and either downplays accomplishments or talents in his life or just keeps them quiet. He turned a lot of the questions back to me, taking the attention away from himself. It’s a good thing that I was completely enthralled with some of his life experiences…because I would bring it right back to him! 🙂 He’s removed worms from wounds in Africa, he’s gone village to village to see what the needs of the village are and to see how he can help, he’s had flesh eating illnesses! If that doesn’t define cool, not too sure what does!! And, Mom, are you ready for this?? One day he would love to live in Africa! 🙂 (Sorry, Mr. Mike, you just lost a vote….) I am pretty convinced that there are a lot more stories that Mr. Mike could’ve shared but chose not to. And I thought the girls were suppose to leave the men wanting for more…Mr. Mike definitely  had more stories that I was dying to hear. I could’ve stayed forever talking with him.

Mr. Mike was happy it showed through his eyes, smiles, and his stories! There is no better feeling than being around someone who is happy and at peace with themselves. He kept me smiling and laughing with his witty comments, hilarious observations, and fun stories. He was fun to talk to. He was going out of town this evening for Memorial weekend, so we only got to meet for lunch. He had looked at the site and had apologized for the simpleness of the date, but I really think I enjoyed myself just as much just talking with Mr. Mike! Sometimes less is more…and that was definitely true in this case! I found myself repeating some of the fun stories and witty comments later in the day…I consider that a good thing!

I really enjoyed Mr. Mike’s ambition and goals. He’s a man who stands for what he believes, and it isn’t so much in what he says but the presence he carries. He isn’t afraid to sacrifice and work hard, and he isn’t afraid to be honest and to make fun of himself. I love to when someone is able to acknowledge weakness in a light hearted manner. It instantly makes people feel more comfortable! And I was, and secretly (well, not so secret now) I didn’t want it to end!

My Favs:

  1. He’s humble, but still willing to open up and share experiences and weaknesses.
  2. His amazing international travels and experiences.
  3. His smile that exuded happiness
  4. His witty comments and sense of humor!—loved it!
  5. The fact that you know what he stands for without even talking to him!

Google Love Meter—92%


Date #25–Mr. Brant

May 21, 2009

Here’s a little secret about me and dating. I gauge how good of a time I have had by how much time has passed by. I have been on dates where I feel like maybe three hours have passed, but in reality it has only been an hour and a half! But then there are dates, like tonight, where nearly 5 hours pass and I feel like I’ve only been out for 2 hours! And then I REALLY know I had a good time if those hours consist after the  9PM hour. Because I really like to be in bed after the 9PM hour…sad, but true! So if my date can make me not miss my bed…that is impressive!! Well, Mr. Brant is 2 for 2 in my book!!

I need to say it again, I love when men think of the details of a date. I love when they have planned a date…even if the idea came after consultation with the women of their life….it still is adorable!

Let me give you a little background… I have known Mr. Brant for at least 5 years. He is one of my best friend’s cousin and I met him originally (I think) in Beijing, China. I had so much fun the few days we got to travel with Mr. Brant. It was fun to hear his adventures and to watch him speak with the people. He was there learning Mandarin Chinese and Andrea and I were there just for fun. Mr. Brant is one of those guys you would just classify as “cool” and not just cool, “so cool”.  While he won’t admit it, he is good at everything he does, and he just makes everything look cool. In fact, the only disadvantage of hanging out with Mr. Brant is I realize just how UN-cool I am!! Mr. Brant is always looking for an adventure and isn’t afraid to take advantage of opportunities that arise. While we didn’t compare stats on countries visited, he definitely gives me a run for my money…and he does cool documentary/photography things when he goes…yep, cooler! He isn’t afraid to step out of his comfort zone and make things happen. He constantly wants to improve himself and learn new things. He’s not stagnant! I love it! In fact, he recognizes and gets frustrated when “his kind” are stagnant!  But the greatest part of all this, is that he is just a FUN, completely down-to-earth, non-threatening guy who finds just as much good in those around him. He is aware of his surroundings and sensitive to the needs of the people around him (yes, I used the word sensitive…sorry Mr. Brant!). And he loves his mama! And what girl doesn’t look for that in a man??

I was looking forward to our date tonight. I knew today was going to be a crazy day with work and an event I had to put on in the evening. Mr. Brant was driving into town today, so I knew he would have a crazy day also. When I got done for the night, I called up Mr. Brant and he told me to get my best workout outfit, with a swimsuit on underneath, on and to not worry about looking cute!! I was elated!! It was a perfect end to my crazy day! I was excited to be active and I knew it would be fun with Mr. Brant!

Mr. Brant had somewhat of an advantage in knowing that I just recently bought a road bike and I LOVE it! Another home court advantage in that his cousin’s husband found and bought the bike for me! So, Mr. Brant packed his bike here from LA and we got to go ride our fun road bikes around Lake Las Vegas! It was the most perfect night for a ride! I was smiling cheek to cheek…bugs it the teeth and all!! It was beautiful!!  Mr. Brant had brought dinner in his backpack, so we rode to a beach there at Lake Las Vegas! If this project ever gets turned into a movie, this scene needs to be in it! It was beautiful, moonlit, calm, nice weather, solitary, comfortable and relaxing! It was so nice! And then to add to the ambiance, Mr. Brant had made dinner! These gourmet sandwiches with this AMAZINGLY DIVINE fruit salad…and for dessert crème brulee! Yep, he even brought the heating torch! And did I mention he made it?? Because he did!! Yum! Oh, and did I mention he’s honest?? Because he is! He confessed a non-bloggable item about dinner at this point…I loved that he couldn’t keep it in! J

I did find one thing that wasn’t Mr. Brant top game…opening Martinelli’s bottles with no utensils or aid! It really was entertainment itself watching the contraptions to get the darn bottle open! I was having fun being the cheerleader while his fingers were bleeding! (that line was a little weird, I didn’t know his fingers were bleeding, yes I knew there was potential, but no, I didn’t know….nevermind!). Then he stepped on something  with his bare feet, and then the sprinklers came on, but we were in the sand, so we didn’t see how it affected us in any way. Until much later when we finished and went to go get back on our drenched bikes and shoes! Oops!! It was adorably imperfect and I was loving it! And I laughed, the deep belly laugh. It was hilarious. It really does need to be in a movie!

After dinner it was my job to find a pool/hot tub. The reason it was my job was because if I was unable to find such a thing, we would be swimming in the lake. And as much of an adventure as that sounds…a hot tub sounded much, MUCH better! So we got on our bikes and found a pool/hot tub at the Ritz to sneak into. And again, it was so nice!! We enjoyed the complimentary towel service and ice cold water that was “waiting” for us! It was awesome! We hopped back and forth from the hot tub to the pool talking and laughing the whole time!

The worst part of the night?? Going uphill after a fun, relaxing few hours in the pool!! Now that was rough! J It was a perfect date for me!! I was in heaven, amazed again at what a lucky girl I am!!

My Favs:

  1. I get excited when I get to hang out with Mr. Brant, probably because of his coolness, non-stagnant, down to earth and fun factor as previously mentioned.
  2. He said a bad word after I accidentally said a bad word (while not being able to clip out of my pedals) just to make me feel better! Now that “hill” has a new endearing nickname!
  3. His adorable laugh…and he laughs at me!
  4. He might like to travel even more than me…maybe.
  5. His goodness. He is just good, and I love it!

Google Love Meter: We got an F!!! An F!!! 47%!! Ouch!!

Okay, I just figured out how to do this, don’t get mad. I can’t decide which picture to post…and I have to get up in 1 1/2 hours…so enjoy the collage….sorry it took me to date #25 to do it!


Date #24–Mr. Troy

May 20, 2009
So, I might have accidentally not given any warning before I took this photo....not that Mr. Troy looks bad, I just laughed when he pointed out that I just took the picture no "1, 2, 3...". Apparently I was ready!! After 24 times, you would think I would've figured it out by now!! :)

So, I might have accidentally not given any warning before I took this photo....not that Mr. Troy looks bad, I just laughed when he pointed out that I just took the picture no "1, 2, 3...". Apparently I was ready!! After 24 times, you would think I would've figured it out by now!! 🙂

I had to tell myself over and over again not to be intimidated by Mr. Troy, and I am not one to get intimidated to easily!!  I think at one point I was giving myself positive affirmations, “Janelle, you are a good, talented person also! You’ve accomplished a lot ! We all have different talents”…etc. It wasn’t that Mr. Troy was trying to bring me down, he just had so many fun ideas and projects going on! Seriously, there is no off-switch for this man’s brain or ideas! We sat and talked about his crazy, cool inventions…ones that I really think are going to happen, we talked about the book he wants to write, the screenplay he thinks would be perfect. I was in awe, and he’s completely thought these ideas out from beginning to end. Work just gets in the way of his genius! 🙂 Seriously.  I thought I was a go-getter, but I don’t have anything on this guy! I was hoping he didn’t ask me any questions about myself! I was fascinated and kept asking questions…he knew about things I’ve never even heard about before…it was fun.

Mr. Troy met up for dinner. I really love not knowing what my dates look like. When I was driving up I saw a fairly unattractive man waiting in the parking lot. I wondered if that was him. It’s funny, because I want to initially smile at my date, but I never really know who to smile at. And you have to be careful who you give a date smile to!! So I somewhat walked toward and close to the unfortunately not good-looking man, waiting for him to say something to me, he just looked at his watch annoyingly. I was worried I was late. He didn’t say anything, but stayed there. I quickly called Mr. Troy and was relieved to discover he was inside, and even more relieved to know he was cute! I don’t think I’ve ran to be seated fast enough!

It was fun to have intelligent conversations and to agree on some things and disagree on others. I enjoyed Mr. Troy’s honesty and confidence….it makes a conversation real fun! After dinner, we ran next door and got some custard and talked some more. I had a curfew tonight, Mr. Troy said he could talk forever and kicked me out after we ate…and then again after we talked in the parking lot!

Tonight Mr. Troy reminded me of one of the best parts of relationships, trust. We talked about each other’s phobias. I didn’t ask if I could write his, so I won’t but it involves something he absolutely hates to do and gets anxious if he ever has to do it. But then he went on to say that he probably could do it one day with someone who he has that element of trust and love with. And it just reminded me of why any of us are searching for someone to spend our lives with….it is for that trust. Trust in knowing that someone else loves you, unconditionally, and wants to be near you. Knowing that you can act silly or dumb or down right rude…you can be your hilariously miserable self and you will be loved. I love that feeling!!! It hasn’t come too often in my life, but when it does I feel safe…

My Favs:

  1. He gave a really good post-date hug!
  2. He has the coolest ideas!
  3. Intelligent conversation.
  4. His confidence.
  5. Those baby blues!

Google Love Meter: 98%

Now that is officially the highest my panel of judges has seen!! Google is warming up now!! 🙂


Date #23–Mr. Cameron

May 19, 2009

Can I just say I am loving my life right now?? In a very non-naughty girl way? This is the coolest thing ever! How fun to meet so many different types of men and have the opportunities to do so many cool things! Tonight has got to get the award for the most original date I have EVER been on!! Let me tell you about Mr. Cameron!

Here’s how it began…as I pulled into our pre-arranged meeting location but he wasn’t there. It was then that I received a phone call, it was from Mr. Cameron’s alter ego*. My date had been stolen and I had to go around and solve different puzzles to save him! Mwahhahahah!!

*Not sure if an alter ego can kidnap a person, or if it was a different person that actually kidnapped my date…sorry Mr. Cameron.

Before the date, I knew Mr. Cameron was up to something…but I had no idea what!! He was reassured that I had my Masters degree, because that was supposed to mean I had some intelligence. And I needed intelligence for this date!! And I needed to know it was going to be different. I quickly informed him that it just meant I could take a test and write a paper…it speaks nothing of my IQ!!

Mr. Alter Ego (insert sound {mwahhahaha…} )told me to go to the flagpole at the arranged meeting location. I go there and found a GPS unit. Mr. Alter Ego {mwahaahhah} told me to follow that and he would be in touch with me later.  Now, can I just tell you…I don’t navigate. I have amazing people in my life who are instinct, natural navigators….I keep them close. One would think that a navigational unit would tell me directly where to go and it would be easy…one would think!

 So as I drove and tried to follow the arrow on the navigation, I ended up at a park. I got out, and followed the arrow, didn’t see anything, went back…didn’t know what to do…retraced my steps…nope nothing….got a text from Mr. Cameron “Are you ok?”. Giggled.  Said outloud, “I told you about my IQ!” Went to retrace my steps for the 3rd time…and saw a box on the other side of the fence. I walked around again and opened the box.  In it there was a word scramble, but it wasn’t your average word scramble, because I wasn’t really looking for words, I was looking at the letters more. I looked at the first 3 clues, and figured it out. At that point (as soon as I figured it out) I was to call Mr. Alter Ego…{mwahahahaaha} I had got the answer correct!!

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I was to push a few more buttons on the GPS and I was on to the next hunt “Earth”. I was a little quicker at this one and found another box. In it had a list of 6 months, and I had to find what they all had in common. I quickly called Mr. Alter Ego {mwahahahha} and said, “They all have 31 days in them!” Mr. AE {mwahahaha} said, “Mwahahaha, 31!! Yes! Go on to the next.”

Well at this point I was feeling pretty proud of myself! In fact, I had a little bounce in my step. I was feeling like the luckiest, coolest girl in the world to have so many fun adventures in a short period of time. I didn’t even care that I was walking around a park full of baseball games, soccer practices, kids playing at the water park, boot camp training going on…with boxes in one hand, a cell phone in my pocket, and a  GPS unit in my other hand….oh, and a Polaroid IMG_0059camera in my bag! Well, I kept walking, and climbing up rocks, through Christmas trees and retracing and walking, and retracing….and couldn’t find the d@#* box!! I knew Mr. Cameron had to be watching, and I was giggling…thinking to myself, he had no idea what he got himself into! I got another text from Mr. Cameron, “U ok?” It was embarrassing! Finally, I caught a glimpse of a beige color box on a beige color flagpole…and Mr. GPS told me I still had 50 feet to go!! It was a ploy!! J Okay, maybe not, but it was interesting! I sat to solve this puzzle, and I kept thinking my mom and older sister would LOVE this date! They are soooo good at those brain puzzles! This puzzle had pictures and I had to guess what the saying was. I had to write the saying and then take the circled letters and unscramble the word. I was nervous for this one, but I got it….and I called Mr. Alter Ego {mwahahahaha} and said, “Sushi”! YES! I was right. On to the next puzzle, this one was relatively painless. I found a box with matches and 3 candles. I had to answer a question, “What do you light first?” “A match!” I said, feeling pretty good about myself at this point.

Mr. GPS told me where to go and I ran into a masked man with a box. It was Mr. Alter Ego!! I was so close to finding Mr. Cameron! On top of the box was encrypted code that I had to solve in order to open the locked box and release Mr. Cameron. I had NO idea! And instantly asked for a hint. After about 3 hints, I SLOWLY figured it out letter by letter! But once, I figured that out there were still more questions!! I finally solved the puzzle and opened the box….and it was a key that Mr. Alter Ego {mwahahaha} used to release Mr. Cameron from inside of him…and the mask came off!

Can you say, hilarious?? Please tell me if any of your dates have ever compared to this! So fun!

And this, my friends is geo-caching. Some of you may know this…but this is my first experience. As stated on geocaching.com “Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.”  

And now there is an official funwith31 geocache!! (well, not completely official, yet, but close.) I have my own geocache….some girls get a star named after them….who needs a star when you could have a geocache??? You could go on the same treasure hunt I did! That has to be the coolest thing ever!

Mr. Cameron informed me that it is a “high Muggle area”…for those of you who don’t speak Harry Potter, that means there are a lot of “non-wizards” in the area who could mess with the boxes not knowing what they are. So, my geocache boxes have to be tweeked a little before they can become an official geocache…I’ll let you know! But for you Muggles out there….if you come across a random box, respect the box! Geo-caching respect!

IMG_0001After rescuing Mr. Cameron, we sat in the park and ate fruit and had sparkling apple cider! It was fun! He had a cloth table cloth with a fruit bowl and the apple cider in a cooler. We got to talk, it was here that I learned about geo-caching, encryption (the formula I had to figure out in the end was the same that George Washington used for his troops!! Crazy!), and a lot about Mr. Cameron.

Mr. Cameron is has fun energy and a contagious smile! Talking to him was like talking with an excited child at Christmas! It was so much fun getting to know about something and someone I had never known before! Mr. Cameron has his degree in Chemistry, that just exudes intelligence in my book! J His focus was in Biochem…which is even cooler in my book! He accomplishes his goals and lives life to the fullest! He works hard for what he wants! He is confident, but not full of himself! Plus! He has an amazing New Zealander accent!! It was so real! And I sincerely laughed at his New Zealand joke…twice. Once when he told me and once when I thought about it again!

We had to then go on and complete the final stop of Janelle’s funwith31 geocache…sushi! This is where the final geocache box will be hidden. I was so excited!! Mr. Cameron was willing to try anything…and that always makes for a great sushi partner!!  We had fun discussion including, but not limited to, Twilight! And really, who doesn’t want to talk about Twilight?? 😉

It was definitely a night of firsts and I really enjoyed it! Thanks, Mr. Cameron!

Our waitress was so startled by the polaroid, it was hilarious. She held it backwards initially, I thought it would be funny to have her take a pic of herself, but I showed her the right way. She loved it, she instantly came back with markers for us to write on it! It was funny. Mr. Cameron wrote a hard encryption on the back...one day I might try to figure it out! :)

Our waitress was so startled by the polaroid, it was hilarious. She held it backwards initially, I thought it would be funny to have her take a pic of herself, but I showed her the right way. She loved it, she instantly came back with markers for us to write on it! It was funny. Mr. Cameron wrote a hard encryption on the back...one day I might try to figure it out! 🙂

My Favs:

  1. He’s a mudblood! I learned and used the words Muggle and Mudblood tonight…that has never happened!
  2. The effort he put into the date…considering he worked graveyard last night and went straight to work after the date tonight!!! Um, and I thought I was tired! Holy cow..isn’t that amazing???
  3. His enthusiasm and confidence.
  4. He gave me a new, great superpower wish. It used to be to hear other people’s thoughts…but he brought up teleporting!!! Now THAT is a fun superpower!!
  5. Hello, I have a personalized geocache!!

Google Love Meter: 56%


Date #22–Mr. Chris

May 18, 2009

So, I made it the final 10!!! I am still amazed at how much fun I am having and how many phenomenal men I have met!!

But tonight was still a night of first…it was my first date on the Strip! I was wondering if out of 31 dates I was going to end up there, at least once. It goes to show you that you can have fun in Vegas on and off the Strip!

I met Mr. Chris at a Vegas old-time favorite, Tropicana he had made reservations at a nice restaurant there. It was fun to get to know Mr. Chris. A former patient of mine told him about the project. She teaches his daughter at the nearby middle school. He comes in every week and volunteers at the school. He is a dedicated father and really is proactive in his daughter’s life. I am impressed that he comes in weekly, not too many fathers, let alone mothers in middle school, are able to do that! Mr. Chris has a lot of energy and seemed to really enjoy getting to know other people. He likes to have fun and tease…which always keeps things entertaining!

Mr. Chris grew up in Las Vegas, so it was fun to learn some of the ins and outs of the strip. After dinner we walked over to MGM to see the lions…but they went to bed and weren’t anywhere to be seen.  So, we called it a night and Mr. Chris walked me back to my car. It was a nice night.

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My Favs:

1.  Dedication to his daughter.

2.  His desire to help and be involved.

3.  His lighthearted attitude.

4.  His citizen police officer status…a guilty person is never safe with Mr. Chris around.

Google Love Meter:  87%