Marie Stuart Noel wasn’t without a few harried experiences during her whirlwind dating excursion throughout the U.S. during which she dated a man from each of the 50 states in just 40 days, but one of her more trying ordeals happened right here in Maine.
The publisher of Massachusetts’ Singles Magazine, Marie documented her experiences this summer with, as she refers to them on her blog: “the good, the bad and the ugly” men of America.” She would only have to get three dates into her 50-date odyssey before she’d hit more snags than fishing line tangled up in weeds.
Before Noel got to Portland, one of her prospective Maine dates already had canceled. As a late resort, she went online at OKCupid.com and Plentyoffish.com to look for another date. She explains in her blog post that she found six men who piqued her interest and scheduled dates with two of them. Date “A” had been texting her regularly, wondering when she was going to arrive because he couldn’t wait to see her. She arrived in Maine around 2 a.m. after a six-hour drive the night before her date day and woke up around 8 a.m. only to find that date “B” was canceling due to work.
At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, date “A” texted Noel to say good morning. She called and they agreed to meet for coffee at noon. Two minutes later, he called back to say, “I can’t see you after all.” Understandably confused, Noel didn’t know what to make of it, but she went back online to see if any of the other four prospective dates were available. All were busy.
“I couldn’t believe all the cancellation in one state,” Noel wrote. “I needed some therapy so I went shopping then called my dating coach, Karen.”
“Karen” is Karen A. Bayer, the founder and CEO of Next Stage Coaching LLC. Bayer specializes in dating, grief recovery, divorce and life coaching.
Determined not to leave Maine without at least one date, Noel traveled to the nearest Home Depot, where she exchanged numbers with a customer named Kenny.
“We talked for about 15 minutes and exchanged numbers. I took a picture in front of the ‘Contractor Pick-up’ sign because that’s pretty much what I did,” she wrote in her blog. “I was not gonna drive all the way to Maine and not get a guy.”
Later on, she traveled to Old Orchard Beach for a laid-back evening exploring the area with a gentleman named Kim before moving on to date number four in Worcester, Mass.
You can find out more about Noel’s other 49 dating experiences online at mariedatesamerica.com.