Y'know what? Sometimes you check and it turns out there *isn't* a dial tone% and it's not just him blowing you off.
The first thing The Spelling Bee Champ said to me when he called last night† was, "How's your spelling today?"‡  five for calling, three for teasing.
He thanked me for my email.§  two for polite, three for sincere.
He explained he wanted to call me the next day¶ but couldn't find my card.  one for taking the time to explain, one for worrying about me.
At one point he said, "Is this an awkward pause? It's not, right? Just a normal pause," which was contextually charming.  one for candid, one for charming
He told me he mentioned to Sarah -- before I even got 'hold of Sue -- he wanted to get 'hold of me.  one for thinking of me at all in the interim, one for at least trying to find me.
He thinks bar spelling bees would be an excellent pastime, and thinks we should form teams. Those who couldn't spell could still enjoy the fun by forming Fantasy Spelling Bee Leagues.  funny, funny, funny
He seemed refreshingly... candid.  refreshing!
He allowed me to teach him a little street slang,# and is now all over "hot mess."††  nearly as white and goofy as me.
He was happy to keep telling me knitting is hot, and has been heard to elaborate by saying, "so hot" and using the phrase, "hot knitter." This became a sort of running joke.  three for sucking up to the primary hobby, one for continued use of the word "hot" in my presence and about my person, two for ongoing hilarity.
He wants to see me, spend time with me, and made a date with me for lunch on Saturday.  instant gratification! immediate ego boost! that's worth five points!
He told me I have nice skin, but allowed that it was dark, so...  two for the compliment, one for the tease.
He has at least one step-sister and many female cousins.  training.
He said he remembered kissing my ear. I said, "Neck too." "I kissed your neck?" "Oh, yeah." "That's hot." "Yes, it was."  hot... again
I said something racy and told him I was just trying to make him blush. He said he was.  sucking up
He is dog-sitting for friends for a week.  loyalty, kindness
The dogs arrived while I was on the phone with him. He said he'd call back. He did.  follow-through
He lives in the neighbourhood.  proximity
He noted my British orthography,^ heard the tale and correctly identified it as "pretentious."  one for noticing, one for teasing and one for just getting it.
Did I mention the kissing?  kissing!
He's very, very easy to talk to and he does it well, using good words and grammar.  two for low maintenance, two for ease of use, five for intelligence, three for articulation
He asked a lot of good questions, remembered a lot of key things and also just talked, like a conversation rather than just an interview/rake-over-the-coals.  four for attentiveness, two for versatility
He's an insomniac.  one for consanguinity,‡‡ one for potential for late night activity
He was the perfect mix of gentelman and pervert.  how often do you find that?
Now, he doesn't know who Mike Krzyzewski is, which means he's not a sports guy, which is unfortunate, but not a deal-breaker. And since I'm currently a card-carrying member of The Spelling Bee Champ Fan Club,§§ I'm not going to dock him any points.
Seriously? One thing I'm enjoying immensely is that I'm not all spun on this, but I am rather delighted. I think giddy, dizzy Marin isn't necessarily the best thing, the best omen, but I'm delighted to be delighted.
[SUMMARY: By my reckoning, The Champ has 98 points and is well on his way to cashing in for a lovely toaster, or any of hundreds of other prizes in the Rickety Blog Kharmic Green Stamp program.]
Thank you to the voters... all three of you. Yes, I realise there may have been more if I'd *told* you there was a poll in the sidebar.
Tomorrow: Blue Dye
%FOOTNOTE (percented): Figuratively speaking, I mean. At least in this case.
†FOOTNOTE (crossed): Note how subtly I slipped that in. Yes! He called!
‡FOOTNOTE (double-crossed): Dontcha love a guy who knows the fine art of dishing shit? It's so much friendlier when nobody's too delicate for a little joshing.
§FOOTNOTE (swerved): Like, sincerely. More than once.
¶FOOTNOTE (paragraphed): Woke up hung over and thought he needed to call and maybe apologise because he was too forward. Dug in his pocket to find a business card from a psychologist at CU. Thought, "I must have been a real dick last night. She thinks I need help," and then, "either that or I'm going to end up being the dick who doesn't call her."
#FOOTNOTE (pounded): Yeah, that's twice as funny as it sounds. The pasty leading the white.
††FOOTNOTE (ddouble-ccrossed): How proud are you right now, Stacey?
^FOOTNOTE (careted): Take that, elementary readers!
‡‡FOOTNOTE (doubble-crossssed): I can spell "consanguinity," and also use it properly in a sentence.
§§FOOTNOTE (turn, turn, turn): He also gets a pass since, y'know, Duke lost three months ago. Let us not speak of it again.