Thursday, April 19, 2012

It Started Out with a Kiss

This song by the Killers is somewhat of an updated version of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out with Him?"  In my case I wouldn't be asking that of Sandee because I was in fact going out with her.  But from the outside looking in you might be thinking the thoughts of the writer of those two songs.

Btw, Mr. Brightside by the Killers was a local favorite in the Vegas Club scene in the early 2000's before the band signed with a UK Indie label.  It took off from there proving that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  Mr. Brightside was voted song of the decade by some radio stations in the UK and is one of the most listened to tracks since the age of on-line music.   As for that Joe Jackson song, I still always associate it with fond memories of summers out by the pool back in the day.

At this point I had been on Ashley Madison for about a year and a half.  I had probably written over 100 notes to various ladies throughout the Greater DC area.  Almost every time I wrote I mentioned going to and relaxing at a local vineyard for some wine tasting as a great date in my intro.  It always sounded like a catchy thing to write and I did in fact enjoy those vineyards in and around Loudoun County just about 40 minutes outside the Beltway (depending on traffic).  They are in fact a wonderful diversion from the city.

However, to date - and in spite of all the messages I had written, I had never actually taken one of my AM girls on a wine tasting afternoon.  Keeley and I had planned to meet at a vineyard over in Maryland but it never panned out.  We got sidetracked, I was not disappointed!

Finally that was to change.  The week after our kayaking debacle Sandee agreed to ride out to one of those vineyards, do some tasting, and take in those lovely fall views of the Blue Ridge Mountains!  This was perfect; it would be fun, romantic and I would be back in my element and I would not let the opportunity slip!

We met at a Shopping Center and then drove out to the country.  We first stopped at my favorite vineyard and did the whole wine tasting thing and then settled on our favorite and sat outside with our glasses and a nice baguette and some cranberry goat cheese.  The view of the grapes, the last lingering colors of the mountains were wonderful.  Sandee was getting a little silly; she is small and not a big drinker.  Or maybe I'm just that funny?  No, I think she was definitely "buzzed."

We left that vineyard and drove to the next town.  I took her by this little local co-op store that sells local produce, gifty stuff, and bakery items.  Our time was getting a little short so we moved on.

I took her to another somewhat smaller and secluded vineyard I knew of.  They have a particular berry infused wine I thought Sandee would enjoy.  We stopped by the tasting room and had a glass and I bought her a bottle to take home.  This particular vineyard has a nice pond by the tasting room with a trail to walk around.  We took a stroll and settled on a little bridge at the other side going over a little creek.  We lingered there and enjoyed the view and talked.  I moved my arm around her and she slightly nestled into my chest.

She did finally turn to me slightly and I moved in to kiss her.  She didn't stop and there for the next several minutes and in spite of anyone else who might have been around (I don't think there were though) we had a nice lip lock.

It was hard driving back to that Shopping Center and saying bye but I was sure things were looking good.  We planned to meet the following week for lunch and another walk at the lake.

"It was only a kiss!"

The Killers - Mr. Brightside:


Gertie said...

I love how you make your adventures about the business of romance. Kudos for the interesting date and all the effort to have such a lovely time.

It was only a kiss, and yet it could lead to so much time :)

Elle said...

You should run seminars on how to woo the ladies. I was recently on a date and I was talking about how my favourite thing ever is wine and cheese. He started laughing because he thought I was joking. When I finally assured him that I was being serious he said, "That's the weirdest thing I've ever heard. Who eats cheese while the get drunk?"

Uggh.... Sigh...

Congrats on the smoochy smoochy!

Ryan Beaumont said...

@ Gertie - Keep reading it does, it does!

@ Elle - Thanks. You should have just told your guy that cheese and wine produces an intense hypnotic high that throws one into a deep sexual trance. Then see how much cheese he would eat and the resulting affect. I always think a little deviously.