Before the invention of Facebook, if you were set up on a blind date, it wouldn’t be easy to check out the guy before the date. Unless your friend had a picture to show you, you would have to take a leap of faith in trusting her when she promised you a guy who was 6” with a full set of hair, funny, charming and highly intelligent. To show you what I mean, here are a few stories that some friends have told me about their blind dates.
Anne was set up with a guy named Charlie who seemed to be really nice during the first half of the date. He talked about his travels, his work, and helping wrap gifts during the holidays for needy children. Dinner went so smoothly that they decided to go play some video games, but once they got to the arcade, Charlie put a game card in Anne’s hand and excused himself to go to the men’s room. Twenty minutes later Anne began to wonder if he had left her there and gone home. As it turns out, Charlie came back, but didn’t say anything about why he was gone for so long. The next day, Anne was talking to her friend, Jill about what happened when Jill started laughing uncontrollably. As it turns out, the same person who had set Anne up with Charlie had also set Jill up with him just a few months earlier and during that time, Charlie had the same exact conversations with Jill and had excused himself for almost half an hour during the date. I guess I don’t have to tell you that Anne kindly turned Charlie down when he asked her for another date.
Another one of my favorite blind date stories, comes from my friend June who had been set up with Steve by her hair stylist. Her stylist highly recommended the guy saying that he was tall, incredibly good looking and successful. Once June agreed to it, Steve called her and talked about himself for a long time. He went into detail about the classes he took, how many patients he saw a day and mostly about how good looking he was. Then one Saturday night, as June was getting ready to go out with some friends, Steve called her to say that he was concerned that she may be ugly because she was so nice and wanted to meet her that night in front of all of his friends. Although June’s first thought was that he was full of himself, she was very curious to see just how good looking this guy was so she agreed. While out with her friends, Steve called her four times in a period of two hours asking where she was and to look for a guy wearing all black until she finally told him that she had just finished dinner and was on her way. When she got to the bar, she saw a few guys wearing all black, but only one of them was 6’1” and he was gorgeous. June slowly started to walk over to the guy thinking that she would have to thank her stylist when she felt a tap on her shoulder and turned around to see a guy who was not attractive at all and sweating profusely. Although Steve was thrilled that June was so beautiful and in such great shape, she was horrified because he was not even close to what had been promised to her. Steve sent her flowers the next day to apologize for judging her and making her prove herself in front of his friends and so they went on a date, but it wasn’t his looks that turned her off anymore, it was the sweat that was constantly trickling down his face and neck as well as his personality.
Another blind date story was told to me by Kim who had been set up by her aunt Martha. Martha made sure to cover her own butt by adding the clause, ‘I love his mom, but I don’t know him very well’. As long as he was no more than 30 years old, Kim was ok with going out with James and so the date was set. Unfortunately when it was time for their dinner date, Kim opened the door to find a man who was clearly around 45 years old. James quickly realized that Kim was upset and outraged and went on the defensive. The entire time that they were together, he complained about what gold digging bitches women were and how they only care about money. Finally having had enough, Kim spoke up and suggested that if that’s the way he feels then maybe he should start dating women his own age instead of 23 year old girls. The rest of dinner went on quietly and they never spoke again.
Well, if that’s not enough to scare you away from bind dating then good for you! If you are willing to chance it then keep in mind that although you may rely on Facebook to show you a picture of someone, very few people post bad pictures of themselves and it’s also easy to misconstrue some of the things written on profiles. Personally, I’m happy to be married and out of the dating scene.
Have you ever been on a crazy blind date? Better yet, maybe you can tell me about a great blind date that you went on so I can believe in them again.