While setting up for this picture, I was thinking about how awkward it can be on a first date. That got me to thinking about one of the worst dates I’ve ever been on in real life. I had signed up for one of those online dating websites, long before smart phones and dating apps were even a thing. Like match.com or something along those lines. Anyway, I had been talking to this one guy quite a bit in an instant messenger kinda thing. In fact, it was probably on yahoo, cuz that’s what I used all the time back in the day. We finally decided to meet for dinner and a movie. I agreed to meet him at a shopping center.
When he arrived, his appearance startled me. He wasn’t a bad looking man, but his clothes were long out of style and ill fitting. Right away, I felt that inner sigh and thought, “Okay, its just dinner and a movie. Not big deal.” He wanted to go into the store for some cough drops, so I agreed to go in with him. I was familiar with the store and he wasn’t, so I knew I could show him right where they were. For a solid ten minutes he carried on about a $0.25 price difference between name brand and store brand. My thought quickly became an silent mantra, “It’s just dinner and a movie.”
He wanted to drive, so we hopped in his car and headed for the deli that we had agreed upon. We were keeping this light and casual. “It’s just dinner and a movie.” Given that he had been so seemingly offended by the price of some cough drops, I had decided to myself that I would be paying my own way. (I never go on a date without being able to cover my own costs.) I ordered my food and paid for it without even hinting for him to pay for it, then stepped aside so he could order his own. We didn’t talk about that at all, we simply had an awkward conversation about his recent divorce while we ate. Dinner was fine and I was feeling a bit better about the date.
We get to the theater and I let him approach the ticket booth first. I was curious to see if he’d at least offer to buy my ticket. He did. I was actually surprised that he asked for two tickets and paid without hesitation. Of course, as we went inside he made a comment about how the concession stands were a complete and total scam. I couldn’t argue with that, plus I wasn’t expecting anything after the cough drop debacle. He tried to hold my hand during the movie. He was rejected. I was not interested in holding his hand. At this point he had already been friend zoned.
After the movie, we’re riding back to my car and I’m looking at his CDs. I said, “You can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they keep in their car.” (This was true, once up on a time.) He was curious what I thought of his collection and proudly announced that his favorite band was Nickelback. He even asked me what that said about him. My reply was, “That you lack an introduction to better music.” *grins* Not surprisingly, he had never heard of Perfect Circle, which I was obsessed with at the time. So upon getting to my car, I grabbed a CD and we sat and listened to a few songs in his car. *sighs* This is when things took a drastic turn.
The song, The Nurse Who Loved Me, started playing. Less than two minutes into the song he starts bawling like a teenaged girl after her first break up. I didn’t know what to say. When the song was finished, he explained that his ex wife was a nurse. She had cheated on him repeatedly and dragged him through a very muddy divorce. I listened and nodded. Meanwhile, I’m thinking that I’ve got to get out of here. He finally stopped crying and carrying on about his horrible ex wife. I opened the door and thanked him for the date….THEN he had the nerve to ask if he could see me again. I shook my head and said, “Dude, you’re not ready to date yet. You need to get over your wife before you date anyone else.”
I closed the door and went home. I couldn’t help but laugh, because I knew I would be telling this story for years to come.
Cruel is wearing:
head: CATWA HEAD Daniel
ears: ^^Swallow^^ Darkness Ears
body: [Signature] Gianni Body
Addams // Addison Wrapped Scarf
Addams // Addison Loose Sweater
Addams // Addison Leather Pants with Belt
Addams // Addison Mid Heel Boots
poses in the stools listed below
Barley – Austin Complete Set @ Belle
-Barley – Austin Bar Table
-Barley – Austin Coffee Wall Rack
-Barley – Austin Stool
-Barley – Austin Table Tray
-Barley – Coffee Sign
-Barley – Rose Trio Set
-Barley – Single Cup of Coffee
-Barley – Love Breakfast Tray