Friends. Photography. Adventure.

Man to Hire

We met in a garden on a sunny afternoon in early July. A couple of beers established that real life chemistry was as good as the chat had been. Later we went to my local and ate soft shell crab and drank cold white wine.
It was the start of a sweet little affair. Tall, intelligent, into the arts, wine and mooching around London, he ticked many boxes. He was a photographer working for national newspapers so he had glitter dust. There always has to be a bit of glitter dust for me. Best of all he was also self-employed so our time was flexible. I am a very big fan of lazy weekday afternoons. 
Some six or seven weeks later I was idly scrolling through my OK Cupid matches and his face appeared. Same photo but different username, five years younger and the two children living with his ex wife no longer seemed to exist.
I giggled and texted him. 
“I’ve had a radical rethink of my career and I need my dating profile to match my professional profile,” came the reply.
“I’ve decided to become a male escort.”
Slack jaw.
He may no longer have time for me if he was getting a lot of paid work, but he’d still love to see me; he redirected me to his website. £90 an hour was his fee, chalked up on a free WordPress template designed to look like a school blackboard. 
His new career didn’t work out and soon he was calling again. Nearly two years on he still does. I never answer. There are many more tall intelligent men with glitter dust to spend my afternoons with. But a few wines in, round a table with my girlfriends, this is still my favourite dating story.
Wicked Wednesday


  1. constantlyreid

    Thank you for this – I howled with laughter. That’s a lot of moxy on his part.

  2. F Dot Leonora

    this was an amazing story, one of those you savor as anecdotes!

  3. mariasibylla

    This is fantastic!

  4. Marie Rebelle

    This made me chuckle. I just love this. Thanks so much for sharing this!
    And also, thanks for joining in with Wicked Wednesday. You can always join Wicked Wednesday with photos and body positivity posts too, as the prompt is never compulsory. Would love to see you back again 🙂
    Rebel xox

    • Exposing40

      Lovely – I will! I enjoyed doing this. It was a more interesting way to spend breakfast time than reading work emails! xx

  5. Vida Bailey (@vidabailey2)

    Holy Moly. Moxie is right!

  6. Chintz Curtain (@ChintzCurtain)

    That was absolutely brilliant – and definitely one of the best dating stories I’ve heard! Welcome to Wicked Wednesday. 🙂 Jane xxx

  7. OleanderPlume

    Holy wow!! A paid escort, eh? Great story, and I agree with Jane, welcome to Wicked Wednesday!

  8. Velvet Rose

    Sounds as though the escorting didn’t work out – oh dear!!! 😉 He cocked up there didn’t he! Hahahaha
    Velvet x

  9. Molly

    This made me giggle…. and what do you mean you don’t answer? I would totally answer and tell him it would be lovely to see him, it will only cost him £100…. after all, inflation 😉

  10. kittykatsbitsandbobs

    What a cheek! Oh that’s a great story!

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