Wednesday 12 May 2010

28 Flirtini

Give me a B!

Give me an N!

Give me an O!

And what have you got?
The Bloggers' Night Out!

Yes, it finally happened. The night we had been talking about for weeks. The night when five strangers were meeting. The night when we were going to see whether Kate, Tuppence, Gingerella, Helen and myself would get on.

Sure we all had blogging in common, and we'd discovered that we are all fond of a cocktail or two, but would that be enough?

Well, you'll be happy to know that it was. It was slightly like being on a bizarre blind date. A group blind date at that. But a good group blind date.

Perhaps that was down to the fact that there were no awkward silences. We may not have met before but we already knew a hell of a lot about each other. I mean I know some things about those girls that I don't even know about some of my oldest friends. Especially that Tuppence one. She has a private blog that you need a password to read. She writes some things on there that would make you blush!

Anyway everything had been going swimmingly. We'd first met in a bar, drank some wine and all gave a little spiel about ourselves.

'Hi I'm Rapunzel. I live in that tower you can see. I'm 33. I like men with big noses. I don't like mushrooms. I once served Cliff Richard while wearing a sari.'

Just the usual stuff like that.

We then moved on to the noodle bar Tampopo to line our stomachs with food, before heading for cocktails as planned.

Gingerella and I went to the bar and waited patiently while the very attractive barman made drinks for the people in front of us. It was just like seeing Tom Cruise in Cocktail. Except he didn't throw anything in the air and it took him flipping aaaages to make the drinks.

He also didn't give as good service as Tom. Unless I missed the bit in the film where Tom told one of his customers that she had a bad attitude, which is exactly what this barman Wannabe Tom was telling me.

He also said something about me having a moany face, rubbish accent and asked Gingerella how she puts up with me (she didn't tell him that she actually didn't know me before that night and instead said I was really nice. Bless!)

I wouldn't have minded so much except I'd barely opened my mouth. I was about to argue with him but when he gave me my drink and said it was on him, I decided to forgive him.

We eventually rejoined the others and continued with our night. Chat, chat, chat.

I can only imagine that at some point there was a lull in the conversation or something though. An awkward silence that needed filling, because there was surely some reason for me suddenly asking the girls whether I should give the barman my phone number.

'Don't be ridiculous Rapunzel. That's a rubbish idea. What part of him slagging you off made you think he actually wants your digits?'

Is what they should have said to me. What they actually said though was..

'Yeah great idea! We'll get you a pen!'

So we were all sorted. I had the note prepared with my number on it and the message 'Call this number for attitude' (smooth I know!) All I had to do was hand it to him, which I was going to do as we were leaving. Easy peasy.

No, not so easy peasy. As we headed out past the bar and I saw the throng of people waiting to be served that I'd have to push though, I lost my nerve.

'I can't do it,' I said to Kate.

'Sure you can.'

I couldn't. I started to make my way out the bar. She stopped me and gave me a pep talk (what a good friend) causing a couple of guys near us to ask what we were talking about. So she told them (hmmm not such a good friend!) and one of them claimed that he knew the very barman we were talking about.

'Luke, Luke,' he shouted across the crowd. Luscious Luke eh? 'She wants you,' he said pointing at me.

Suddenly I felt like I was back at school when Sadie Cook asked Bobby Walker if he'd noticed that I'd started wearing a bra.

I felt mortified. What should I do?

Well,what I did do was decide that I couldn't feel any more embarrassed than I already did. I went up to Luscious Luke, handed him my number, told him it was his tip and then exited the bar while the girls cheered.

I felt brilliant! I felt empowered! I felt invincible!

For about..ooh...two minutes. Right up until I realised what a stupid idea that had been. What had possessed me?

I mean I might never hear from Luscious Luke for various reasons, including...

1/ He may be gay
2/ He may have a girlfriend
3/ He may not like me (I'd suggested to him that he was only giving me abuse because he fancied me and he hadn't actually confirmed my theory)

All good, valid reasons and if I never heard from him I would just pick one to explain why I hadn't (probably number 1).

That would be fine if I was the only one that knew I'd handed out my damn number willy nilly in the first place.

That wasn't the case though. No, in this case there were four other girls that knew. Four other blogging girls. Four blogging girls with lots of readers.

Was I no longer going to be known as the girl that was brave enough to go out with Fishy? Instead would I become the girl that embarrassed herself on the BNO......?


Plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Woop, good to have you back. Loved this post - not least because it finally sounds like you are getting over me. Oh, and well done for giving him your number - you're braver than me.
*Plentymorefishoutofwater - One Man's Dating Diary*

Kate said...

EEE! The long awaited BNO post!

Yep I can confirm that's an accurate representation of what happened on the infamous night out!

But when are you going to tell the rest of the story? ;-)

And I didn't know those guys knew Luke - it was an accident I promise!

It's funny reading a post about a night out I was on. Great post, as always, Rapunzel!


Lainey said...

I like your 'why the hell not' take on it madame! I suspect there is more to come, no?

As I mentioned on twitter I've changed my blog address and you can now find me (It's Life Jim) at


Skypirate said...

in case you're still wondering what the hell happened with that barman, this is what happened:

Lifebeginsat30ty said...

How come you're the only one whose blogged about the infmaous BNO? Hmmm?

I'll be meeting up with a few NYC bloggers this weekend. So excited!

p.s. you have balls of steel woman. I would have run and hid!

Helen said...

Yay! Aww this brought back some good memories! <3 xx

Mary Jane said...

Am keen to hear if Luke is as luscious as you make him out to be. Or perhaps my imagination is running wild already...

Rapunzel said...

Yeah I can finally see the light at the end of the dark, dark tunnel Fishy!

Don't worry Kate, I have forgiven you. Forgiven but not forgotten. To properly make it up to me I think a night out in Leeds is in order?!

Glad you have just moved Lainey and not disappeared! You'll just have to read my next post to see if there was just silence over the
phone network or otherwise...!

For one moment I thought you were a friend of Luscious Luke, Lexicorro!

It is probably cause the others are too nice to tell you how I embarrassed myself, Life Begins! Oooh you'll have to fill us in on your BNO. Do you think we should arrange a mass one in the future? We could all meet in the middle somewhere?!

It's about time we got the next one in the diary Helen. If I get any bright ideas though, please stop me this time!

Rapunzel x

Rapunzel said...

Well he floated my boat Mary Jane! x

Anonymous said...

Was he making you lager tops, or something that required time?

DEC said...

Loved that you said your phone was his tip! Hey, he gave you a free drink, isn't that the universal "I want you" sign?!


Kate said...

A night out in Leeds is ON Rapunzel. Let's sort out when! x

jo said...

i think BNO sounded like great fun. a bunch of girls having drinks and egging one of them on to hit on the cute guy over there. yeah sounds awesome :)

Anonymous said...

I think given how ballsy you were, if he doesn't call you then it's definitely because of reason #1 or #2!

Or, possibly #4, you wrote down your phone number wrong. Don't laugh, I've done it before.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for FINALLY telling us about that night. Kudos to you for giving Luke your digits!

I will be having Blogger Brunch with 30ty this weekend. We'll make sure we don't wait weeks before telling you ladies about it. Ahem. ;-)

Caleb said...

So... five girls and uh... no making out? Hey- just asking. When I picture 5 blogging girls getting together, I picture a quiet table with 5 girls furiously punching keys into their iphones. Tell me I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

That's awesome. Love the "this is your tip" comment. Sounds like you now have some built-in Wingwomen. Hmm...maybe I should have thought of an LA BNO, to fetch my wingwoman.

Ca88andra said...

Next post please!

Kitty Moore said...

I'm jealous - sounds like the BNO was a total blast! I think Luke will get in touch - you must tell us all about it when he does!

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