I hate this quote. I hate whoever thought of it. I hate Tumblr. I hate the “parody” accounts on Twitter who spew quotes like these. I hate the Baltimore Ravens just because. The reason I hate the quote is it’s commonly used
against me out of context. “Miss” was good for doing so, but she at least knew that it annoyed me she just liked to be cute. Others usually use it when I’m too busy for their liking, which instead of taking accountability and realizing maybe they’re making themselves too available, they point the finger at the man. Geaux figure.
Availability is something that is often overlooked in regards to dating, it seems like people aren’t as available as they like to think they are, others aren’t as unavailable as they think they are. Ironically enough, I’m talking to one on each end of the spectrum. In the blue corner, we have “Busy”, a sweet, beautiful woman with enough wit and sarcasm to almost go toe to toe with me. Almost. I like “Busy”, but she bites off way more than she can chew sometimes, and while her caring nature is one of the things I like about her, it makes her impossible to date. Interestingly enough, she doesn’t see it that way. She says I’m not making myself available enough, but one who makes themselves too available usually gets burned in the long run. Like Nnamdi Asomugha on a go route. Alas, the conflict of two people who think they are both making themselves available enough for the other and the other simply isn’t taking advantage of what’s in front of them. Or maybe our availability struggle is a cleverly disguised game of chicken, where one simply wants to see who gives in first. Unfortunately, of the many things we have in common, stubbornness is one of them. I will win eventually, I hope.
In the red corner, we have “Lady”, who is a single working mother who always seems to be the one reaching out. I’ve had my reservations about dating single mothers in the past but I like her so far I’m just not sure how much. She’s opened up to me a lot, a whole lot that I’m still processing it all. Part of me feels she just wants a boyfriend and any old guy would do. I like to think of myself as a catch but she doesn’t know I am yet, she can’t know yet, I haven’t even showed her much yet. She has a whenever, whereever, whatever schedule where if I called right now she’d probably drop her son off and be right over. That’s not exactly a plus in my book. I like challenges. When one is too available, it basically leaves another to use them at their own convenience, not like they’re going anywhere. Writing it out, she might not just be too available just too easy and I’m not about to be the next contestant on that Maury Show screen.
I like women who make me work and anticipate but there’s got to be light at the end of the tunnel. Make me chase you but I’m not going to run forever, shin splints ain’t nothing to f wit. I can’t deal with an overly available women because we’ll always run into trouble when I can’t give her the time she wants, and overly busy women are just frustrating. On a 1-10 I’d take a 4-6 or even 3 if she’s really fine.
On a 1-10 scale with 1 being the least available, I’d say I’m about a 4. Depending who else you ask I’m probably a -10. While I’m fairly open I still know that you never want to become the guy that you know is always free. I can be staring at my phone waiting for you to respond to my text but I refuse to be the guy that texts “???” every 10 minutes (don’t you hate when people do that, like go play Angry Birds or something, i’ll get back to you when I do). On the other end, you also don’t want to become the guy that’s so unavailable that women think you’re gay, married or Batman. I wasn’t available for a while and some good women slipped by because of it. Single doesn’t always mean available, a lesson I learned the hard way.