Friday, September 24, 2010
Guys like Date #8 are truly one in a million. Ryan Bell of Fountain Valley, CA is honestly as sweet as they come. While the date certainly got off to a rocky start (he accidentally hit my neighbor's parked car while backing out of the driveway...oooops!) we ended up having a great time getting to know each other.
As we spent some time talking in the car I was initially discouraged by the fact that we had little in common. He enjoys Icelandic music, playing video games, and computer programming. But, as the night went on I learned how trivial things like this can be when it comes to enjoying one another's company. And I actually learned a thing or two about Ryan that impressed me.
When Ryan was in High School he had a brain aneurysm that burst and nearly took his life. His brain surgery scar is actually pretty cool looking! And I mean, chicks totally dig scars, right? He told me of the struggles he had recovering after his surgeries and getting back to normal life again. Since then, Ryan's health has improved significantly and at the age of 32 he lives a full life working as a Customer Service Rep, helping credit card customers (he's much more patient than me!) and volunteers at the Newport Beach Temple once a week. Like I said, Ryan is quite the guy!
As we pulled up to Boomers in Fountain Valley I started to get excited for our rousing game of miniature golf. Now, I have to admit I was a little nervous because I know I'm not very good (is that even possible?) but Ryan decided we weren't going to keep score. Little did I know it wasn't just for my benefit, but for his as well. Turns out we're both TERRIBLE. (I know Dad, but golf isn't everything!)
After finishing up our 18 holes, we decided it would be fun to end the night with a quick game of Air Hockey and my personal fave, ski ball. And not that it matters, but I kind of beat him. Like, big time! But I'm not gonna let it go to my head. I'm pretty sure he let me win. Thanks Ryan!
By the end of the night I was feeling much more comfortable around Ryan, and he with me. The doorstep was one of the sweetest yet. He rewarded me with a beautiful bouquet of roses and orchids. FINALLY! A guy who remembers I love flowers. Way to go Ryan! Would you believe this was maybe the 3rd time in my entire life that I've been given flowers? I hope you're taking notes boys!
So will there be a second date? Maybe a re-match of sorts? I guess we'll have to wait and see how the next 15 dates go....
Posted by The Mormon Bachelorette at 12:01 AM