By the time I got to the restaurant, a couple of my friends were already there. So, I sat down and casually glanced around the placed, wondering if I'd see Angela. A few minutes later, I saw her walk by, though she didn't see me. A moment after that, she was walking towards my table, and I realized that through chance, she was actually our waitress that night.
When she got to the table and saw me there, she immediately apologized for not calling me back, and said that she'd been really busy. I told her not to worry about it, as I can definitely relate to that. It was fairly busy, though, so we really didn't have much time to talk.
One amusing little bit happened a while later. One of the guys in the group commented that our waitress was really cute. I agreed. When she walked by again, he asked her what her name was, and she replied, "Angela". After she left, I said that I could have told him what her name was, as we'd had her as a waitress three weeks before. He shrugged and said he hadn't minded asking her, and said he'd like to know more about her. At that point I smiled and pointed out that she was a student intending to become a physician's assistant, she had another job, she was in her early twenties, etc. Then I pulled out my cell phone, pushed a few buttons, and said, "And her phone number is. . ." and rattled off her number.
He stared at me for a few moments, then said, "Oh. . . Never mind then." ;-)
Later, as we were getting ready to leave, I actually had a moment to talk to Angela again, and she mentioned that due to a higher-than-expected cell phone bill last month, she wasn't carrying her cell phone on her anymore. Then my friends were giving me dirty looks because they wanted to leave, and she had work to do, so that pretty much ended our chat.
Unfortunately, it left things rather inconclusive. I don't know if she said what she did about her cell phone to let me know that she would have trouble getting back to me quickly, if I were to call again. . . or if she said it as a hint that future calls are a waste of time. I wish I could have had a few more minutes to talk to her, and ask her if I should call her.
I suck at this whole 'dating' thing. Every really 'good' relationship I've been in, I sort of fell into. . . usually with someone I started out as friends with. The whole "pick up chicks" thing has never been my style.
I'm thinking I'll call her tomorrow (Sunday) night, and see if I can catch her. I want to break through this awkwardness and figure out exactly where we stand. Tell her that while I barely know her, I do like her, and that I'd like to take her out for dinner or something, so we can get to know each other better. Hopefully, if she's not interested, she'll just let me know, and if she is, we can go from there.
I may post an update here with whatever happens later. ;-)