I’m writing this week’s blog from the beautiful snowy village of Alpbach, Austria. It’s my first holiday of the year and I am certainly making the most of it by relaxing and recharging the batteries!
But that’s enough about me and my wonderful holiday, I have other news to report!
Last week, thanks to match.com, I had my first 2nd date in over 10 years! Strangely enough, it was with the girl mentioned in my very first post on here. It turned out that the text I sent after the first date asking to meet again was never received (thanks in no small part to a recurring fault with one of the mobile networks!). However, I shouldn’t blame the network, instead, the fact that the text was never received reinforces one of my lessons learnt (Part 2 blog!) – call, don’t text!
If I had just picked up the phone and called, I could be writing about a fourth or fifth date as opposed to a second date! Hindsight is a wonderful thing but the clocks can’t be turned back so let’s focus on the positives and forget about the negatives.
The second date went really, really well (at least I think it did!) We met for coffee one afternoon and then went for a walk for a couple of hours which gave us both the opportunity to really get to know each other.
After the walk we went for a meal together, nothing fancy, just pizza and dessert, but it was extremely enjoyable, both the food and the company! As the evening progressed I found myself becoming more and more attracted to my date which I must admit was a great feeling.
I ended up driving my date home and we parted with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. As I watched her to her door I regretted not going for a proper kiss but I guess when you’ve not dated for as long as me it’s a little difficult to know when the time is right!
The good news is we’ve already agreed to meet up again which I’m really looking forward to (although it’s not going to be for another week or so).
I’ll finish off this post by saying that I was extremely anxious about starting dating again, especially through internet dating. However, registering with match.com was a painless process and the results so far have been well worth the small investment. The various advice sections on the site have also been a great help, you can never have too much advice but you can certainly have too little!
Until next time, keep searching, keep sending targeted messages and get out there and meet people!

Stay tuned for Martin’s next blog post, coming soon!