Tracking down my UPS man, Part 1

by singlemomseeking on August 26, 2008

This has been one of the most peculiar experiences for me in blogging history.

While I’ve written a few blog entries about what has gone down on certain dates, this is the first time I asked all of you — my oh-so-honest readers — to get involved in my dating life even before I’d gone out with the guy.

Not only was he my former UPS man, but I’d had a crush on him for seven years. Talk about pressure.

Did I want to go on a date with the UPS man because I wanted to?… Or, because you, my readers, had dared me to?

I wasn’t sure. I spent a few days analyzing my intentions (yes, I’m known to think too much, something that Otis, my UPS man, actually pointed out later.)

So, when I got to the city, I followed the advice of single mom reader Liz, from A Bright Future, who said:

“I think you should set up something with the girls first — park, ice cream, etc. Then, while you’re having such a smashing good time, suggest drinks later in the evening.”

Thanks Liz. I called Otis. He called right back.

“Why don’t I pick you up at your friend’s house one night after work?” Otis said. “That way, I can see M. I haven’t seen her for years, I’d really like to say ‘hi’ and see how she has grown up.”

Sorry, but that was not going to work for me. It’s not that I’m a control freak (okay, sometimes I am), but I didn’t want M to see me going on a date with our former UPS man.

“I don’t really feel comfortable with that,” I said. “Sure, she knows you, but she doesn’t really remember you,” I awkwardly said. “It’s not about you, really–”

“Oh,” he said, sounding disappointed.

“But I have an idea,” I said. “I want to bring her to see our old neighborhood. If you’re working that day, I’ll find you on your route. Then, I can meet you later, after work.”


Thursday morning, I was jittery.

I took M and her friend to Central Park. After pushing the girls on the tire swing and running through the sprinklers, we went back home. Here, I changed into one of my favorite button-down blouses and snug knee-shorts, like this:

We were headed to the subway when M turned to me and said, “Mommy, you changed clothes.”

“Yes,” I said.

“Why did you change?” she wanted to know.

“Because I felt like it,” I said, trying not to lose my cool. Has she always been this perceptive? (Yes.)

I sent Otis a text message and he told me the street where he was making deliveries. I was energetic and full of courage. I was also really curious. Had he read my book? Did he know how I’d detailed my fantasies about him?

“He’ll unbutton my blouse,” I wrote in one fantasy scene that I’d spent hours envisioning. “I’ll kiss his neck, tasting his salty skin… It has been so long, and damn, this man feels good!”

(Yes, the above excerpt is PG, you’ll have to read the book to get the R version.)

He was talking to a customer across the street, so I spotted him first. Single mom TSQuest recently wrote delicious post about why she’s attracted to bald men, and Otis’ photos could be added to her collection for sure.

M, her friend, and I stood next to Otis’ truck. M said, “I have to use the bathroom.”

“Do you think there’s a bathroom in that big truck?” I said, and she laughed.

That’s when Otis crossed the street. He was smiling at me, I was smiling back. I swear I heard him say, “Mmmmm.”

This is when my intentions became clear. Yes, you — my readers — had put the pressure on big time. But I craved some adult one-on-one time with Otis later because I wanted it.

Thank you SO much to mama Amy Nathan for sending me this I Fantasize About my UPS man T-shirt image!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

debra August 27, 2008 at 6:57 am

With the physical demands of the job of a UPS driver, the female drivers would certainly be far ‘sturdier’ than would suit DH’s tastes! LOL


Mary Jenkins August 26, 2008 at 10:36 pm

UPS men are always hot! Is it a company requirement? you should come by my bloggy giveaway.. fun girl stuff!


singlemomseeking August 26, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Phil: In NYC, UPS deliveries can’t be left at the door… so face-to-face contact was a sure thing.

But I’m not sure about women UPS drivers — anyone care to comment about that one?


Susan August 26, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Always the writer, leaving us with an ending that makes us want to read on…

C’mon, this is a Priority Package!

We have your Tracking Number, sister!

(and many more corny sayings meaning, “please continue” — okay?!)


Kitkat4real (SOLO dot MOM) August 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Wow, unbelievable… Haven’t we all had a thing for UPS men? At least I am glad I am not the only one!

But I too want to hear the “rest” of this story…. we are waiting. 😉


Lance August 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Sister, if you’re attracted to hunky UPS guys, go for it and see how it turns out. Nothing ventured nothing gained.


Mom2Maddie99 August 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm

I cannot believe you ended your post like that…argh!


GLSD August 26, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Yay! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story! 🙂


Legal Editor Mom August 26, 2008 at 11:51 am

A blog post that’s like a mini-suspense novel! What a tease you’ve become…I love it!

My ex is bald and sexy as hell. It’s so darn annoying. But I know what you mean…

Anyway, I applaud you, my dear, for being so cautious about M, but she is a lot like my Mini-me, in that she is very, very perceptive. My little angel is super curious, attentive, and doesn’t miss a thing!

Anxiously awaiting the update…


dadshouse August 26, 2008 at 10:56 am

I wish my UPS woman was as hot to me as your UPS man is to you! Dang, can’t wait to hear the rest.

And yes, this “to be continued…” stunt is kind of nice, don’t you think? Sneaky minds think alike


Dr. Leah August 26, 2008 at 9:53 am

The UPS drivers meet daily for lunch under the trees in my town when the weather is good. It is amazing how many of us just happen to manage to drive by for a look and a wave.

How does UPS manage to hire so many great looking guys?

Come on, Rachel, do tell!


The Exception August 26, 2008 at 9:49 am

OOOOO Can’t wait to hear more. What is it with mysteries this week – Dad’s House, T, and now you???

I love it!


Phil August 26, 2008 at 9:19 am

Great story! I took your advice and started ordering from the internet last week. The packages get delivered, but the UPS person is gone by the time I get to the door. Damn you, UPS delivery person! Why must you be so efficient?


laurakim123 August 26, 2008 at 8:54 am

LOL you and T are both into suspense posts this week!!!!

I LOVED Ts bald man post so sure he was DIVINE!!!!

Looking forward to part 2!


Amy Nathan August 26, 2008 at 8:41 am

You’re such a tease! Mooore!!


T August 26, 2008 at 8:24 am

Yay!! Yep, I don’t know what it is about that shiny head but it does it for me nearly every time…

Ok, now I’m DYING to know what this guy looks like!!

And DYING to hear … the rest of the story…


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