The Millionaires

Alex reflects on his Millionaire Matchmaker experience!

Apr 2, 20090

Let’s talk about Krista. Krista is a cool woman and I’m glad I selected her. Given the limited time available, I was forced to be more aggressive in my courting. I don’t know if the French spelling bee will make the final cut, or the part where we inspected each other’s teeth and withers. I am sure that Bravo will include at least one of the wind sprints, certainly the final if not the preliminary heats.

After the physical trials, we moved onto some improvisational drama. Krista did an excellent bit of early Benny Hill. The Russian brunette nearly brought down the house with a Nina monologue from The Seagull, but she lost points for implying some fantastical sort of comparison between myself and the self-absorbed artist Trigorin, who ruins Nina. Me? Self-absorbed? I mean, c'mon. I asked the three finalists to each do the Alec Baldwin speech from Glengarry Glen Ross, but as if it was being delivered by Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street, and I think that, of all the finalists, it was Krista who really found the heart, the center of Mr. Snuffleupagus. Krista probably would have been my selection even had she not broke off in the middle of a doily-tatting evaluation to chase down a purse-snatcher and talk him into a rehabilitation program. She’s witty and fun. So I picked her.

I flew her to Las Vegas for our date and picked her up in Betty, my 66 Eldorado. Like many old-timers, Betty has some memory issues. She sometimes forgets what gear she’s in, or which side of the road she’s supposed to be on, or that when I push down on the brake, she’s supposed to stop. You don’t drive Betty like a car so much as you steer her like a ship. It’s all about momentum and inertia. Pushing down on the gas pedal produces a 19th century sort of delay as if you’re waiting for someone to yell down a pipe to get an undereducated Yorkshireman to shovel more coal into a boiler. But her heart is in the right place, and Vegas is a perfect place for her to be. There’s no point in going fast in Las Vegas, anyways. All the interesting driving is done near the Strip in heavy traffic at night. It’s basically a cruiser paradise. (For daily driving, I use a teutonically efficient Mercedes named Inga.)

After dinner, I took Krista to a Strip cantina called Diablos, where I happened to get called up on stage by the singer, Jeremy Cornwell, who happens to be a friend of mine and who happened to have my acoustic guitar up on stage with him. I was shocked (shocked!) when he asked me to jam with him, but I did my best and then decided to serenade Krista with one of my favorite Jonathan Coulton songs, “Soft Rocked." For those who can’t make out the lyrics, suffice to say that there’s more to that song than meets the eye. Check it out online.

28 comments
Lee David
Lee David

Krista immediately stood out to me and was definitely the person I would have picked but it was kinda obvious that she was playing a role. I dunno. I know reality TV is anything but real, but It's a little disheartening to see people treat dating like a commodity. My right brain tendencies were a little offended by it.

Also, is it just me or does the camera make dating look incredibly boring? The NBA player seemed like a nice guy but he had zero personality and was kinda slow. His date was a tad spunky, but she was fun and had a quick wit. Too bad he couldn't appreciate it.

Bx71
Bx71

Greetings from TMC-Houston,

Great episode - just saw it. I think both Krista and Alex (A.) have great personalities. However, sorry to say that, from the first moment it was obvious they are not for each other. And yes, left brain-right brain differences don't run for long together.

My favorite part is (A. to employees): "I am getting a haircut, and you all carry out your normal business activities" (or something similar, sorry English is definitely not my first language). I think it just shows how friendly he is to the (his?) employees.

Nothing wrong with the cufflink, nothing wrong with hair style. No worries about it for a second... Personality what counts, and Alex, you have it:-)

About the MM-series: working in the health care field/clinical research in the last 2-digit years, it makes me wonder who the women are with all the free time to go for MM-selections, gatherings and mixers during the day. I mean what job/occupation/career they have... So far I have not seen many decent ones (ok, the clinical pharmacist - yes, there are some women who look for the education, not just for $$$-, in the episode that is on right now, but he is a guy; glad that that eco*lady* did not select him, HE deserves better)

About the millionaires: have not seen many MM episodes, but so far I think a very few deserve a comment other than "weirdo". Again, Alex, you are the perfect gentleman:-)

About Patti: at the beginning she seemed for me as "dominatrix" (quoting from a previous comment). C'mon, someone throwing $25k/year membership fee (or $50k/year for ladies?), would deserve better treatment. On the other hand, she gets it right most of the time and does a great job. Actually, I started to adore her personality, should I say, arrogance.

About comments here: hehhe, amazing how many of you are offering free date:-)

Anyway, all the best in finding the close-to-perfect mate.

Bx71

Annemie
Annemie

Hi Alex: Even though English isn't my first language, I enjoyed reading your blog and had a good laugh. Is there anything you cannot do? It is one thing to be well educated, it is another to be and stay authentic and yet another to be successful. You've got it all! You'll find the right one...... Annemie

Danielle
Danielle

I love Alex!! He's amazing!!

Emily
Emily

I can verify he was in San Francisco. His friend hit on girls with the opening line "Do you watch the Millionaire Matchmaker? My friend here was on it."

Raquel
Raquel

Hi Alex,

Your blog rocks!! Thank you for writing it; I have not laughed so hard in a long while. I applaud you for maintaining your personal style against the forces of California. Having recently moved to California from Alaska, I'm in a bit of culture shock myself.

I'm sorry things didn't work out for you and Krista, but your bashert is out there somewhere. Occasionally when a person stops looking, the right one trips over your clown shoes and falls right into your lap :)

Good luck and safe travels...

BeginnersMind
BeginnersMind

I catch 'the show' once in awhile, but Alex is by far my favorite. Sigh. Need you in a 50-something version that can also ride a horse, dance gracefully, and yes.... highly skilled in 'other arts'.... games you could discuss and do battle on WOW, HALO, the like with my hotshot sons... who can also put almost any adult to shame discussing philosophy. One is an artist by nature, the other my DaVinci: the philosopher/mathemetician. I'm so proud of them.

Alex, best of the Quest to you.

Elizabeth

Viewer
Viewer

Alex, Your sense of humor is great! I'm glad you didn't give in to Patti about the cuff links and wardrobe. Many a time, I've cringed listening to her try to bully some of those poor men who purchase her services into conforming to her idea of what women want. Sometimes I wonder if her real career aspiration was to be a dominatrix. She may know what California women want, but she sure can't speak for all of us. I thought you were great! You had my heart. Then again, I not only know who Pynchon is, I've read Gravity's Rainbow--every twisted, hilariously disgusting scene!

K
K

Krista, as far as the viewer could see was the only one to pick. She offered a dynamic personality, candid conversation sprinkled with humor and wit, and good looks? What more could you have looked for in a blind date? The other woman seemed a bit uncomfortable, that's the best I can say as I wasn't there.

Alex, I would not worry, just make a point of getting out there to date. It's hard work but it's worth it and should be fun! If you can set your mind to making yourself a success in business you can also set your mind and heart to finding a woman who will compliment you.

BTW: Giggled through the entire blog, thanks for those fun moments.

Good luck and have fun out there!

Raven
Raven

The story you just told about your trip reminds me of a Twain quote "After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her." You were funny and entertaining to watch, hope it brings you the love you seek.

Lori
Lori

Alex, Love the cufflinks, gives a certain old style look. THe haircut was great; I thought Patti was going to do a major scalp redo. A man who names his Cadillac Betty, (sigh) shouldn't have that much trouble finding his one and only. Good Luck in Love!!!

April
April

I've just recently seen this episode of the show, and I really like the tips that Patti gave. She is a woman that knows her business, and to bad every city and state doesn't have a clone of her! I doubt there would be so many of us single people running around.

I love your writing style, it really kept me interested. Good luck on your search for love.

krissylee
krissylee

Hi there Alex, I have made the comment to Patty about how attractive I really thought you were and not that but the brains as well with the determination. I wanted to know if you would be willing to meet a woman from Texas that is very interested in learning more about you and knowing how I can do so.

krissylee
krissylee

hey there Patty is Alex the (Bon Jovi) type still available, I saw that episode and just really dug him even with his business quirks. I like a man thats focussed and can spend time on me once in awhile but still has his own dreams and interest and just kinda ties them in with mine. would he be willing to meet a woman out here in Texas

kat
kat

Alex, you are the best, funniest writer ever! and by far the coolest millionaire ever on the show.

Viewer
Viewer

I loved this episode. My favorite yet because of Alex and Krista.

Krista is so cool. I loved how she showed up for the meet and greet in pants and just being herself. This is the type of gal who owns a room in a pair of jeans by just sporting her cool attitude. Obviously not a gold digger. She seemed like she was there almost for sport.

Alex manages to be the 40-something money guy trying for a beautiful young female's affections without coming across as a smarmy jerk like most of the other guys on the show.

When I watched the date my initial thought was "Geez, these two are perfect for each other." And then I realized they probably didn't get past a couple of dates. They just aren't a good match, to me.

Krista is still really young, and beautiful, but more so than that, she is cool to the bone, smart not just in a book way but in a people way, and has a great life cut out for her with a man her own age who she can build a life with built on mutual affection, great conversation (more than 1-liners) and trust. I just think she would get bored with an older guy who is all about business and competition.

Alex just isn't like that. He seemed a little stilted when it came to dealing with people, almost like it didn't come naturally. Fantasy dates will get an older bachelor with money a great gal's attention but what comes after? I just see him pictured with an older woman who is kind of nerdy, socially awkward, but brilliant in a book way, perhaps a neurobiologist or some such? She can still be attractive, of course!

But, it was a fun show to watch, and that was the point, right? Bravo! Lol. Great reality tv, especially the Tiffany gifts. And I'd like to see more of these bachelors get drunk on their date. Five drinks? Why not six!

Viewer
Viewer

Wow - random. Also hilarious. You're the only millionaire on the show thus far whom I'd personally go for... were I single and all that.

Viewer
Viewer

You sound like an awesome, fun, loving, romantic, caring and of course great looking, sexy man. Why went wrong with your last relationships that you aren't married yet?? Guys like you don't exist much anymore!

nancy
nancy

For the life of me i can not understand why these millionaires have such a hard time finding a women..... Just don't get it.....

Adrian
Adrian

I thought you were too funny. I am actually surprised that you and Krista didn't hit it off better.

Stace
Stace

Hi Alex, Wow, you seem like a sweet guy...honestly, Patty is right, cutting your hair is a good idea. I think you would be a real hottie if you did. I am from New Jersey and single. I am also looking for someone who is intelligent (I have 2 masters degrees) so I know how hard it is to find someone who is intellectually and physically challenging. Good luck to you and I wish I could meet you sometime. :) (But only if you get a hair cut :) )

Krista
Krista

Alex... you are a sweetheart. Thanks for your kind words and for one of the best dates of my life. I think if it weren't for the distance, you and I would have many more hang-outs (especially over Guitar Hero) and hilarious bantering. As far as the left brain/ right brain comment... hmmm... I see where you're coming from (given my occupation and interests mainly lie under the "artisan" category,) but had we ever gotten into discussions of literature and/ or World views, I think I may have (once again) set you "off balance." ;-) You're a gentleman and a good friend to such quality people. Let's double in New York soon! (This time, I'M playing the guitar.)

You got to kiss Krista!!!! AHHHH!!!! CONGRATS!!!! hahaha :-P

DreaAn
DreaAn

Either you are hilarious or I am easily amused. Thanks:)

JLN
JLN

OMG, you know what TATTING is??????????????? From a Michigan tatter, I make fabulous tatted jewelry.

Patricia
Patricia

Think you are charming and adorable.... cutting the hair was a good idea... I know you think you may be giving up your individuality, but changing with the moment is good too. Most women like updated looks.... not LA looks---

Good luck with you search, I too am looking for something special after many yrs. of loving being single.... still will choose being single over being with another that is not adventurous, bright and flexible.....

Keep us updated...

Cristin
Cristin

i love the kiva site!!!!

Judy1961
Judy1961

Do you have a myspace or facebook page?