Last night I went to the Capitals game with Xavier, two of his roommates, a girl friend of all of theirs that I've met a couple of times at parties (Dana), and another girl who was the date of one of the roommates (Maria). I had a lot of fun; I like hockey well enough even though I don't follow it, so it was fun just to be there, but it was made better by it being an awesome game. X and I talked a lot about tons of different stuff. Going in, I wasn't sure if this was a friends date or a date date or what, but I think that it wound up being somewhere in between...or maybe a friends date that turned into a real date. I also found out that one of the reasons why he wasn't sure about asking me out was because Marchella's boyfriend, Bob, apparently fed X's roommate, Kal, a ton of misinformation about me--more than I was already aware of. I'm mostly amused, but I'll have to see if I can get revenge on Bob somehow. X let me know that it's kind of unusual for him to date a friend and hewasconcerned about starting something up with me, having it end badly and then losing Sophie, Dwight, and I as friends (because we're kind of a weird package deal), but then he figured that we're adults and can handle it. So I guess that's how we're starting things off.
Anyway, at some point during the game, X rested his arm on the back of my seat and that eventually moved to my shoulders--which was nice because it was cold in there even though I was wearing a sweater. Normal stuff. Actually, the most interesting thing to happen that night was with Maria. When X and another roommate got up to get more beers, this girl suggested that we steal their seats so the three of us could talk until they came back. We did and started chatting just as the Kiss Cam came on. I awwed over it, but Maria pretentiously said that she didn't like how hetero-centric it was. What the eff? "Well, it's always a man and a woman," she sniffed self-righteously.
I looked at her funny, I'm sure, and remarked that the powers that be would have no way of knowing if a couple was gay or not. They don't even know if a man and woman sitting together are even in a couple, as evidenced by a guy shaking his head resolutely at the camera when it landed on him and a woman beside him. I'm stereotyping here, but I don't think that hockey games are exactly a mecca for gay couples. Then she made a comment to myself and Dana, "If you were girls...oh, well, of course you're girls. Sorry, I'm just used to speaking in gender-neutral language." Oh. My. God. If you don't know what gender neutral language is, it's like using "businesspeople" instead of "businessmen or businesswomen." And it's stupid. Also, it's unnecessary in a non-professional environment, which this clearly was. I was quite unimpressed with her, but I still talked to her for another minute or two before the guys came back and we were once again separated by four people.
After the game, we split from the guys so that we could all use the bathrooms before we left. As soon as it was just the three of us girls, Maria turned to me and asked, "Are you going to make out with that boy? Because you are way too good for him!"
"Uhhh, I don't know?" I said, looking at Dana helplessly. I had gotten the impression that X knew Maria pretty well, but she didn't even remember his name.
"Well, you're way too good looking for him. You can make out with anyone that you want, so you don't have to settle."
"Um, thanks?" I didn't want to be rude and tell her that she was out-of-line, but I also didn't like that she was being rude. Then she asked Dana if she was on a date with the third roommate. Dana replied that they're just friends.
"Well, you're way too good looking to be with him, too. Both of you girls are so much better than them."
"Do you even know X?" I asked, finally gaining some balls. When she confirmed that she really didn't, I simply said, "He's a really great guy," and I looked over at Dana as if to say,I'm doing the best that I can here. What is wrong with this girl!? I really wanted to pull Dana aside to talk about it, but she and I were never alone for the rest of the night. After the bathrooms, we met back up with the guys and Maria left with her guy and the rest of us started heading toward the Metro, but decided to stay out and watch the NCAA Basketball Championship game instead.
X and I sat together and kind of held hands beneath the table. After Ruby Tuesdays, we went to the Metro and split up because I was taking the Yellow Line and they were grabbing the Orange. I told him that I'd had a really great time and he said that he'd see me Friday at my birthday dinner. Then he kissed me good night and said, "Now go get your train." And so I did. Overall, a pretty good date.