while organising date number 23, we exchanged 22 emails over the course of 4 a weeks, it was only in her final email that she asked to remain anonymous:
“I’m still on for tomorrow though it’s come to my attention that you blog about each ‘date’ which is fine…only I’m rather private and really don’t like the idea of being written about.”
that was fine with me, but did she really go through all this organising and not know what she was letting herself in for? whatever the reason, i think the anonymity made for a better date. she was less worried about being slandered, and as she knew less about me it was more like we were at the same starting point. we agreed that i could include all the detail apart from her name and an eligible photo, and that she would be referred to as ‘number 23’.
there was definitely something different about this date – in a good way, but it’s hard to put my finger on it. we almost went to the fleet st chilango, but didn’t in the end because upper st ‘is more fun’. although, we spent all our time in chilango, and didn’t even go to a bar afterwards. number 23 is definitely the messiest burrito eater i have ever seen. it really was a disaster, a fork and burrito basket didn’t save it as the burrito went through the basket.
number 23 was born in canada and is working in PR in london. she will go to canada, vancover area next year when she turns 30. she likes to talk a lot, but she has lots to talk about which is good:
number 23 is all about the environment, she spoke of the different events, protests etc that she has attended and spoke of lots of key figures, journalists who i didn’t know. she mentioned lots of interesting talks that were worth going to, i said that we could have gone to one tonight. she didn’t realise that the burrito dates were more than just burritos, and i was beginning to believe her that she had never read the blog.
her ex boyfriend worked for martin parr. i said i liked his satirical stuff, especially how he cleverly shows the lives of the rich and famous not to be so luxurious and glamorous as is made out to be. she agreed that his work is funny but maybe is a bit too clever and doesn’t like the fact that she could be depicted in one of these photos when all she wants to do is get dressed up, feel good about herself, and enjoy a day at the races with her friends. it made for an interesting argument, and one we didn’t resolve. we also couldn’t come to agreement over internet privacy, obviously.
number 23 had an amazing long weekend recently, she went to a music festival, then rented a car with a guitarist friend and drove to cornwall. during the entire trip the two of them stopped of an many romantic spots, and at each her played his guitar to her. the trip was perfect except for the fact that he didn’t propose! she likes music, and musicians. her fave bands include mumford and sons, seasick steve. she refused to listen to kings of leon for years because of ex boyfriend liked them, she would even leave a bar when they came on. but having seen them live recently, she changed her mind.
so, i was out of my dept in the green conversation, enjoyed the knowledgeable photography debate, and found similar interests when discussing music. all in all, plenty to talk about, plenty to write about but anything more? i’m just not sure, maybe we should have gone for a few drinks. maybe we will…