Tuesday, September 21, 2010
At one time or another we've all wanted the "bad boy" am I right? But our Mother's always told us "Leave the bad boys alone. Find yourself a sweet boy who will love and honor and cherish you." Well Mom, what if I found both?
Matt Laidlaw is a catch and a half! I've known Matt for a few months now. Until his recent move to Glendora to be closer to work, he and I were in the same singles ward here in Huntington Beach. We'd been to a few dinners together here and there and spent some time with the ward on a canoe trip earlier this year, but never had an opportunity to get to know one another on a personal level.
Because of Matt's interview I knew a date would be coming, and I knew he would probably show up on his Harley, I just didn't know when. Because each date is anonymous to me until I open the door, the Staffers advised me to "dress warm, wear jeans, and closed toe shoes." I probably should've put two and two together but for some reason it still didn't click.
The doorbell rang and there he was! All 6'6" of him, looking handsome and standing there in his leather jacket, helmet in hand, and a HUGE smile on his face. I knew this was going to be a GOOD date! As we walked out to the bike he helped me with my helmet, gave me some gloves and off we rode into the sunset...well, at least it felt like that to me!
Was I nervous being on a motorcycle with someone I barely knew? Not at all! I loved cruising down PCH together with my arms wrapped around his waist, squeezing tighter and tighter as he'd test the speed. It was absolutely incredible! For those that never watched Matt's initial interview, his family owns a Harley dealership in Glendora called Laidlaw's Harley Davidson, which is where Matt began working after graduation from UVSC with a degree in Business. Hence, the sexy Harley!
Matt decided to take me to eat at The Rusty Pelican along Mariner's Mile in Newport Beach, somewhere I've always wanted to go. The food was to die for! We both had a perfectly grilled Halibut, his topped with butter and mine with pineapple/mango salsa. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. The conversation was some of the best I've had on a first date. At times I forgot we were in a busy restaurant surrounded by chatter and yes, even a video camera. It felt like just the two of us, smiling, laughing, and getting to know each other as we dined on the harbor front.
I learned a few things about Matt while on our date. He's 29, loves his job at the Harley dealership, is the middle of 3 children, loves snowboarding, wakeboarding, and recently purchased his first home in Glendora with plans to turn one of the home's additions into his own personal gym. He's also a worthy return missionary from the Las Vegas Nevada Mission, honors his priesthood, and loves fulfilling his calling. I'm telling you, he's pretty much got it all.
The ride back to my house was waaaay too much fun. As we pulled out of the parking lot and stopped at a red light, I whispered in his ear "Wanna know something funny? I got a ticket here 2 days ago for running this 'orange' light." He laughed, choked back on the throttle and spun a u-turn right through the red light. WHAT!!!! I started laughing so hard and then he joked "The sensor would have never been triggered by this bike and we would've been sitting there all night." We had another good laugh!
As we cruised along the coast the fog started to make it's way in, creating this almost movie-like-setting. There we were, just the two of us, speeding (carefully) down the southern California coast into the misty air ahead. I could not have loved it more! As we approached my house I fussed over my "hat hair" for a minute and finally gave up when I realized Matt was putting his arm around me, walking me to my front door and reaching down to hug me goodnight. And then, like magic, it happened. He looked straight into my eyes, leaned in, and kissed me! And I welcomed it!
Probably one of the best first dates I've ever been on, which makes me wonder, would he be able to top it if I let him take me on a second? I guess we'll have to wait and see...
Posted by The Mormon Bachelorette at 2:38 AM