Date Night with... Me

My night out on the town.

Saturday night and I had a ticket to The Book of Mormon. One ticket. All for me. I couldn't wait.

For the first time ever I called a babysitter to come and spend the evening with my girl so I could go on a date... with myself.

I had been wanting to see this show since it opened in New York so when the opportunity to purchase a single ticket came up—I snatched it.

To be honest, I was looking forward to spending the evening with myself all week. A night out on the town. Just me and me. Saturday came and I was excited. I showered, did my hair, make-up and wore an outfit that I knew my date liked.

Getting ready for a date with yourself is so much easier than getting ready for someone else. You don't care if you're bloated, having a bad hair day, or in the mood to only eat dessert for dinner—it's all good!

There's a difference in spending time alone and taking yourself out on the town alone. Spending time alone can be nice but going out alone to a nice dinner or movie or, in my case, the theatre can be down right thrilling.

I always learn so much about myself. For example, I learned that I like to sit in silence. A lot. I learned that people-watching is my number one favorite hobby. I learned that I like reading the playbill front to back while eating my hot tamales. I learned that the two couples sitting in front of me were swingers.

Yep, I learn a lot.

Not having to make conversation. Not having to see if the person with you is enjoying themselves. Not having to do anything other than put your glasses on and take in that precious, fleeting moment when the lights dim and the orchestra hits that first note. That is beautiful.

The show began and I was lost. Lost in my own little date. Me and the players on stage. I laughed loud, clapped hard, and stood on my feet at the curtain call trying to give as much as humanly possibly back to those actors who had just given me so much joy.

It was a beautiful date. Full moon out. Hollywood Boulevard fully alive. I strolled to my car taking in every last moment I could before driving home, relieving my babysitter and carrying my sound asleep girl up to bed.

I think next month I'll take myself on another date. Maybe to a concert or fancy dinner or a drive up the coast to a place I've never been.

Me dating me... If I play my cards right I think this just might be the start of a very meaningful relationship.

Kelly Cole October 03, 2012 at 05:43 PM
LOVE, Susan!
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Barbara Krause February 05, 2013 at 09:42 AM
On occasion I have gone to matinees on my own and always enjoyed the experiences.
Bob Blanchard February 05, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Perhaps there are others out there who read Patch that are a little tired of self-centered articles like this. Is this what Hillary meant by it "taking a village"? Did she mean that you could find a catharsis by sharing your social problems with everyone? If it is true that your number one hobby is people watching, try not to include yourself in the mirror so often. That might explain why you find yourself going out on a date alone. I'm sorry, but once again I expect more of Studio City Patch than articles like this. I hope for your child's sake you find a new meaningful hobby.
Miki Henderson February 05, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I cannot even believe that you said this!!! Susan McMartin makes my week when I read her every Monday morning on Patch since it first launched. I love the regular writers like her and Ed Bagley and Diane and Ilona and Irene and Debra Graff that have written regularly for Patch, and i love their self indulegences, but certainly Susan McMartin is the best!!!! Shame on you, where is your contribution to this wondrous place? You're like the Taliban who just tears down the beauty that people build up!!! You're like those who would go in and shoot up little children in a school. What do you expect from Patch? It's what we all contribute to it, and frankly, your voice would be better left unheard. WE LOVE YOU SUSAN! And if you ever go out again, there's an old great grandmom who would love to take you out and chat!!!


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