A platonic friend of mine- let's call him Gregory- that I have known for several years now just messaged me on Facebook asking me if I wanted to go to a local new amusement park about an hour away from us. He had suggested going in a previous comment when I posted pics from when I visited it last weekend with my younger brother.
Last time I heard from Gregory (other than random FB comments) was when he wanted me to do a presentation at the school he worked at back in January of this year- totally professional.
Gregory says he wants to see me again, since it has been a while, and put a smiley.
Gregory is the kind of platonic friend whom I would give a chance if he asks me out- but I would probably not ask out myself since I have never felt romantic feelings for him (but I have never felt a NO either, and there is nothing in him that would send him straight to the friends territory or worse). Maybe I had never thought of Gregory that way because he had a girlfriend that he met in anime club for several years- in fact, when he interviewed me back about 3-4 years ago when it was his turn to be in library school, he was considering proposing to her soon- so he never was in the prospect category. But he is a great person and I would gladly give him a chance- I doubt it would "ruin the friendship" since I do not see him often, and do not work in the same library system or anything like that.
I told him that I will be busy for the next few weeks (true- heavy programming month at work, among other things) and that I will be in another state next weekend (100% true)- and then asked him if he was going to the local anime convention the weekend after that (we actually met at anime club when I was in library school and he was in undergrad), since I would be going on the Friday.
Would my stating that I am out of town be construed by him as a "NEVER"? Is a geeky amusement park centered around a popular toy to be interpreted as strictly platonic? Was my mentioning the convention and that I would likely be there on a specific day be too forward, or a brush-off, or a good alternative? Am I reading too much into this and he just wants a platonic friend with a reliable car and enough income to pay for both of us to take him there?