A fabulous friend of my roommate, and a new friend of mine, suggested that I should date while I’m in Norway. He sounded so enthusiastic and hopeful about the idea that I thought, why not? I know Stretchy Pants Guy uses Tinder to meet people as he roams the earth. Why can’t I?
As it turns out, due to a delayed flight and a lack of planning on my part, I found myself stuck at the Oslo Central Train Station the day of my arrival. With 7 hours to kill, I parked myself at Starbucks (where else?) and began to pass the time by searching through the stockpile of available Norwegian men. I edited my profile to alert my potential date(s) that I was in Norway for two weeks visiting family, and that I was up for coffee, dinner or “adventure.” I think it was the latter that inspired interpretation.
Apparently, there are LOTS of Norwegian men who are interested in meeting an American woman with an expiration date. I’m guessing they assumed that meant no strings attached sex for two weeks without having to deal with the hassle of breaking it off – woohooo! (um, no).
As I busily responded to multiple texts from multiple men, one guy started to pull ahead of the pack. He suggested we meet at the giant tiger statue in front of the station, and I agreed. As I approached the statue, I caught sight of Tiger Man ducking for cover as it started to rain. We said our hellos, then headed for the station hall that housed some shops and restaurants. He directed me to sit while he grabbed drinks, and I dutifully took my seat.
Tiger Man was easy to talk to, and I was grateful for the company. After the unavoidable discussion on the disbelief over the state of the US, he revealed he was an engineer who recently left the petroleum industry, has three grown children, and has been single for quite some time. When we discovered a mutual love of books and offbeat movies (he’s a huge David Lynch fan), I started to become genuinely interested in Tiger Man. After some candid sharing about why we felt we hadn’t met the right person, I looked at the time and realized I needed to get going. He needed to close out the check, and I needed to grab my luggage out of the lockers, so we said a hurried goodbye. He rose to give me a hug, and gently kissed me.
I rushed to get my stuff and boarded the train, and began to imagine how cool it would have been to have had a dramatic kiss goodbye on the platform outside the train. It’s then that I received a text saying he tried to catch me at the train, but he missed me. I told him we didn’t get a chance to kiss long enough. He said he was thinking exactly the same thing.
This song is dedicated to my new fabulous friend, who gave me a very “good” idea indeed.