If you visited Disneyland or Disney World before 1982, you remember what an “E-Ticket” was. If you don’t, it refers to the entrance tickets for the park’s most thrilling or interesting rides, like the Matterhorn bobsled, and other state-of-the-art activities. If you were a normal kid, you loved the E-Ticket rides. As a 10-year-old, I remember my 15-year-old brother trying to snooker me out of my E-Tickets in exchange for his A-Tickets, which were for the sedate rides. But I didn’t fall for it!
Now in dating, I find guys falling into categories paralleling the ticket letters. An “A-Ticket” guy is nice, safe, and perhaps a bit boring. An “E-Ticket” guy is exciting, thrilling, and maybe a tad on the wild side.
The beauty of dating is you get to decide what kind of ticket you want. At Disneyland, you could buy a book of mixed ticket levels. In dating, that’s what dating around is for. You try different categories of “rides” (dates) to see what you like. Maybe you decide you like mostly C- or D-Ticket type of dates (let’s say that’s dinner and listening to a band at a club). You then look for guys who like to do mostly those kinds of activities.
But what if you’re an E-ticket gal and like on-the-edge recreation? Let’s say that’s rock climbing, parachute jumping, and motorcycle riding. If you find an E-ticket guy, you’re in heaven. You know to steer clear of the A-Ticket guys who mostly like to read, play chess and watch TV.
My own preference is for a mixed-ticket guy. I like some E-Ticket activities, although my definition of E-Ticket doesn’t include the ones listed above. I like exciting things (I’ve walked across a 12-foot bed of hot coals, climbed a 25-foot tall pole and leaped off, and swum with stingrays). But I like a cross-section of activities, sometimes including A-Ticket ones like reading, watching TV, and napping.
What’s your preference? Have you discovered your optimal guy’s ticket level? Or do you like a mix?
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