Thanks all. You guys are the greatest! :) We email each other practically every day, but I haven't seen him since our second date last month. Things are going well, I think, but it's kinda hard to tell, since I haven't heard from him in a few days. My internet connection wasn't working properly, so I built up enough courage and left him a message on his voice mail. But, now I finally got my computer to work and it turns out that he hasn't been trying to contact me. So, I'm a bit bummed, but not overly so. I mean I first thought "Oh my god, he's gonna think I'm a freak and need to hear from him everyday! Or that he's found someone better and doesn't want anything to do with me!" But, the rational side finally kicked in and said "He's probably out doing something fun, since the weather here is beautiful today! And I'm sure that I'll hear from him when he's ready. See, your guy's early advice has seeped in! :)
On a separate note, I bumped into one of my former bosses the other day. Boy, was that weird. The work environment was the worst I've ever been in, very controlling and demeaning. At one point, I was relaying something that had happened to me to my brother over the phone and he pointedly said "Ya know, abuse doesn't have to be physical." Seeing my former boss seemed to bring up all that crap again and I just couldn't stop spewing about it to my co-workers afterwards. They had no idea the place was that bad. But, now they understand why they have such a high turn-over rate. Plus, it took me at least the first year in my current position, just to get over some of the insecurities that I had been driven into me, since I was constantly being told that I was more of a liability than an asset to the organization. I mean, I never got a compliment, nor encouragement. Everything I wrote was rewritten, so much so that it didn't resemble anything that I had written. And now, with the group I work with now, they can't stop gushing about me. Everything from my work ethic, to my capabilities, to my initiative, to my ability to work well with others. And not once did was I told that I did anything well at that last place. At my last review at my last place I was told that I was doing "fine," that I had a lot to learn, and a long way to go. But, I was asked if I had a problem with taking directions from people in positions of authority. I said no and some other bull. But, the reality is I had a problem taking directives from him, since I was constantly undervalued, put-down and belittled.