Getting together with Zeus for our first date had proven to be a challenge, but there I was at Lucky Strike Lanes giving it my all. In between striking out and gutter balls, I smiled, flirted and asked questions instead of monopolizing the conversation like I often do. But Zeus had yet to show any real interest in me, Sujeiry, the person behind the OKCupid profile.
Still, I tried my best. He didn’t look exactly like his profile picture, but he wasn’t ugly. He wasn’t very charming, but he wasn’t ugly. He was timid and seemed uncomfortable, but he was nice and (all together now) he wasn’t ugly. So I kept trying to get to know him. I asked about his business, which he owned with his brother, and what led him down that path. Zeus answered slowly; his answers short and uninteresting. Then he asked me about my career.
“So how’s the writing going?” How’s the writing going? That’s all he’s got? I thought.
“It’s going well. A challenge sometimes to write about my love life but I always manage to think of…something to say,” I responded, proving my point.
And that was all I had. Zeus, the Greek American man from a suburb in Central Jersey, was just too timid for this vibrant Latina. While knocking down pins and straightening my curved bowlers swing, I knew this man would feel just as uncomfortable with my nutty, loud Dominican family as he was with me at that very moment. And that, my friends, was the one way to strike out with me, the woman behind the OKCupid profile.
The Hookup was Sujeiry’s dating blog on Latina.com. To read past entries, go to Latina.com: The Hookup.