Some commenters at the shidduch Haiku post did the math and calculated that I’ve gone on at least 16 dates a day if you just count the Starbucks dates. Since I’ve also gone to lounges, museums, parks, and amusement venues, you can imagine how busy I must be.
Truth is, I find it hard to keep track of all those guys. Sometimes it’s as many as six a day. I confess I’ve taken to keeping a little log in my phone where I record the fellow’s name, the date we went out, where we went, and the highlights of the date. At the end of each day I review the log and cross off all those who fall below the median.
Dating like this is quite a chore and is impinging on my personal time. Honestly, I don’t seem to do anything all day except brush my teeth, do my hair, and sit myself down in the passenger seat. I can’t remember the last time I just relaxed against a haystack chewing a stalk of grass. Sometimes I really wish I was married.
Apparently, the commenters don’t go out nearly so often. I don’t know why they’re so upset, to be honest. It must be nice when dates are these rare and exciting things. Which makes me wonder, how often do normal people go out?
Okay, seriously. Is there a normal dating pattern? Because mine (which does not include 16 dates a day) has these long periods of as much as 3-5 months when nobody on the planet wants to go out with me at all. Then suddenly everyone seems to want to, very briefly, in about 2-3 months. Notably, the stagnant periods always coincide with vacations while the busy periods tend to match up perfectly with midterms and finals.
Someone once told me she went out with a new guy every week. That’s pretty steady – and pretty frequent, by my estimation. But what do I know? She was a perfectly ordinary Flatbush maidel and I’m the strange girl in the ponytail and sneakers.
Do some people date steady? A new guy every night? A new girl every week? One a month? Every two months? How does it work? What’s your dating pattern?
Below is a plot detailing male interest in Bad4 as a function of the academic semester. A distinct pattern can be noted in the correspondence between the peaks and peak stress periods in academic life. Causes of this correlation are still being investigated.