I swear, internet, that interested men can sense some sort of shift in the universe when a girl on their radar becomes unavailable.
In fact, almost immediately after The Lawyer and I "officially" started dating, the Facebook and email messages started. A friend that I haven't spoken to in years wanted to know if she could set me up with her husband's best friend. Charlie sent a Facebook message, after six months of not communicating, just to say hi. And, Shawn texted to see how things were going.
For all of them, I thanked them for their polite inquiry and told them I was now dating someone. With the exception of my girlfriend, who was thrilled and offered congratulations, the two men didn't respond.
I didn't really expect another response and figured that it is what it is. (Let me tell you, I was not waiting by the phone for Charlie to call again.) Also, since I've chosen not to change my relationship status on Facebook (I don't want Rich's family prowling on my life), there was no way for these poor men to know anyway.
Then, I got a text message tonight.
The guy's name is Harris and he was once the roommate of Mike. Apparently, Mike started dating someone seriously and he told Harris that he should go after me. (This is why you people aren't married, Harris and Mike. JUST SAYING.)
Despite his very polite and persistent text messages and phone calls last fall, though, I wasn't interested. After all, Harris is some stranger who I've never met and for whom, I don't have copious amounts of free time to play friendly. Every time he'd text asking about tickets to the Kennedy Center or dinner or ice skating, I'd say no. But, he just kept on asking.
So, even though I felt like I may have delivered the news that I'm off the market already, I told him again tonight.
"Yeah, I know. You already told me. I was just trying to be friendly."
Annnd, who suddenly felt like a presumptuous scumbag, who was called out on the fact that she doesn't even pay enough attention to Harris to remember what she's already told him? (In my defense, I have enough things to commit to memory right now, OK!)
However, it should be noted that I'm not friends with Harris, nor have I ever met him, so why would I interpret his text message as anything but suggestive? Also, it's not like his counterparts (I'm looking at you, Mike and Charlie) did him any favors.