First impressions can be deceiving. I recently met a man online who was attractive, highly educated, in his early fifties and relatively successful. He seemed like an excellent dating candidate. We had two enjoyable phone conversations and agreed to meet for lunch. Shortly after the second call, I received this email. Needless to say, lunch was cancelled.
I am getting way ahead of myself and I'm not presuming this is going anywhere, but I thought I'd lay out a deal killer to save us both some time and agony. This is largely about relationships and intimacy. Other topics like complete honesty and trust can be dealt with later. I shouldn't focus in on the sex stuff, probably doesn't make a good first impression, but at least you know where I’m coming from.
First: I am a Vol not a Rat. Male Rats have random sex, generally only once with a partner and then move on to another female rat, having many partners. Vols find a single partner, have sex nonstop with that partner and bond for life. Now, I've slept with more than one woman and you are likely not a virgin, but my point is that even at this age, I take commitment and intimacy very seriously.
Second: I am 100% disease free and intend to stay that way. I have found herpes particularly prevalent and don't buy off on the Valtrex solution. Of course, there is much worse and many people don't even know they have something until they're tested. Worse, not all tests are foolproof so it's possible something doesn't get picked up unless there's an outbreak. So, before things really go anywhere, I insist my partner and I get blood tests and exchange the results. It's a bit personal, but so is having sex. If you have an STD, it's just not going to work. It doesn't make you a bad person and maybe it makes me a jerk but I've dealt with this issue more than once and if I don't address it up front it can get nasty.
Third: If and when a partner and I decide to be intimate, not to spoil the romance, but we talk a lot about it first. Understanding each other’s likes and dislikes, concerns, whatever and being comfortable about it makes it better. We just need to do it in a way that also gets us in the mood and not out of it. That said, I am slow to move toward intimacy. I have to really be sure, and be responsible about it, birth control, etc. I haven't gotten snipped yet because I'm not sure that I wouldn't want to try and start a family again. I know it's reversible, but I'd rather wait and know if I'm finished or not. If and when we both want to sleep with each other, we should be certain about it. As a Vol, I'm much more like a woman regarding sex. I enjoy the physical part only if there is a deep emotional connection. If I have that, I want sex all of the time, health permitting. I have a very strong and healthy sex drive. However, if we're not ready or the connection isn't there, I have no interest or desire for sex. Don't worry. I make up for that apathy when I'm into it :-). But if you don't have a similar drive, that will be a problem.
Finally, because this is going on too long, it will be AWESOME. Physical fitness is important to me and taking care of my partner emotionally and physically is a top priority. I am very comfortable with my sexuality as long as it isn't harmful or disrespectful to my partner. I can confidently say that my partner will never have been more satisfied and I know I am making a bold statement. Test me! :-)
All this said, I prefer the slow approach. If one is going to be responsible and really find a new level of intimacy, one has to approach it the right way. There's plenty of time for all of that, no need to rush. But if and when we get there, WATCH OUT!
I'm hoping we're both disease free but in this world you have to be extra careful. If I've upset or offended you I apologize. I don't mean to be an insensitive jerk.
With all sincerity,
Where to start with what’s wrong with sending an email like this to someone you have never met…first, (pardon me for assuming his writing style of numbering points), it might land in the hands of a blogger. Second, he should use spell-check and know how to spell vole, before classifying himself as one. This would be a particularly effective use of his time if he intends to use this as a form email and send it to other prospective dates who may appreciate proper grammar. Third, an email like this will never in a million years result in a date, so if you’re looking for opposite-sex repellant, this is it. Rats versus Voles. Really? Did this man admittedly liken his gender to rats and voles? Rat, vole, squirrel, chipmunk --- I don’t date any kind of rodent. I’m particularly fond of how he assumes that when we have sex - way, way, way down the long boring road of talking about it to death - we will be having unprotected sex, given he addresses blood tests, birth control and the fact that he has no intentions of getting snipped (rather irrelevant if condoms are in play). I am not talking the technicalities of sex with anyone ad nauseum. If he doesn’t know what a woman wants at his age (hint: not an email like this), then no amount of talking is going to remedy the situation. WATCH OUT, ladies! Mr. Vol is AWESOME in bed. He is physically fit. Translation: he's gonna bang you senseless for hours. Oh, yay! We all love that so much. Funny how he doesn’t mean to be an insensitive jerk, and yet…this guy is a RAT, if I ever saw one.