After ending our date two minutes into it to go to a doctor’s appointment, Online Guy text me a few hours later.

“Sorry about that,” he said. “Ended up on an antibiotic. I’d really like to get a do over, if you’d like.”

“I’d like that,” I said.

“It was nice meeting you. You’re very pretty. I’d love to see you again for more than 3 minutes.”

I guess the man really did have a doctor’s appointment. I told him I wasn’t sure if he used the appointment as an excuse to duck out or if it was real.

“It was a real appointment. The last one they had for the day. I’ve been feeling like crap all week.”

I joked that perhaps he was rushing things if he expected our next date to last three minutes.

“Normally, I keep second dates under three minutes,” I said. “But, for you, I’ll make an exception. Hey, by the 10th date, maybe we’ll be up to a whole hour.”

We’re making plans to grab a bite to eat and linger over the meal with some conversation. He’s attractive. He seems nice. He’s intelligent. Why not?

I have absolutely zero experience in this type of dating. My dates turn into 20 year marriages. To go out with someone a few times, then move on is a whole new world. I’m learning.