When it comes to dating I’m a total disaster. I mean, I have a boyfriend, but honestly I’m convinced it has to be a total fluke. Though I’ve been boy-crazy before I was even old enough to shave my legs I was never the girl guys kissed on the playground. My complete lack of allure lasted through high school (see also, I had rainbow braces) and even though I’ve had multiple long term boyfriends I’ve never been proficient in the “dating world”. I can do relationships just fine, but the whole “get to know you over drinks and small talk” has always caused me to hyperventilate on the Uber ride to happy hour.
I’ve serial dated a handful of times in my life and consequently experienced more than my fair share of completely awkward dates. I’ve had a guy ask me to go out to his car and take shots in the middle of dinner, I’ve had another date ask to naked photos of me before we ever held hands, I’ve had a man I thought was my boyfriend completely ghost on me and I’ve had a total weirdo on the street claim he knew me from Tinder even though I’d never talked to him in my life (while I was on a date with another guy #Awkward). I could go on for paragraphs on all the weird dates I’ve been on and honestly I’d love to because it feeds into my theory that we’re all just a bunch of weirdos hiding behind the facade of normalcy but I really don’t have room to talk. I’ve occasionally been the weirdo too. I’ve gone through an entire first date lying about every aspect of my identity and personality (just because I wasn’t feeling it, and apparently am secretly a sociopath). The moral of the story: Dating is weird, people are weird. One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when someone tells me they aren’t going to do something because they are afraid it will be “weird” or “awkward”. I’m going to be honest with you, when it comes to dating there’s practically a 90% chance it’s going to be weird and awkward. Learn to love awkward!
Okay, story time! Mid August was my boyfriend Jordan’s birthday and I wanted to celebrate and make it really special. Jordan loves Japanese food so I decided to invite a few of his friends out to dinner with us at a sushi restaurant. Jordan is always introducing me to new places so I really wanted to take him to a restaurant he had never been to. I remembered a sushi restaurant I had gone on a date to right before I met Jordan, and I was super excited to introduce him to it! I made a reservation, invited the guests and internally thanked the nice man who had introduced me to such a chic little sushi spot.
Flash forward to celebration day, Jordan and I arrive at the restaurant eager to sip champagne and toast another year of life. As we stood in the super crowded entry way, waiting to be seated, Jordan casually turned to me and asked “So which date of yours introduced you to this place?”
I instantly began discussing the date (let’s call him Z*) and going into detail about all the other dates he and I went on when guess who walked in the door?! Guess, just guess?! Yep. It was Z*. I panicked and without saying a single word to my boyfriend I turned around and ran to the bathroom.
Now normally I could play cool about running into an ex fling, but since I had literally been talking about him I freaked. Z* was the only guy I ever “ghosted” on (I just stopped returning any of his texts when I met Jordan, so mean, I know). In the bathroom I splashed my face with water and regained my composure. I walked back into the waiting area and greeted Z* with a “oh hey I didn’t notice you were here” smile. Meanwhile, Jordan was cracking up because I literally can’t be cool to save my life.
Even when you have a boyfriend and think you’ve escaped the weird and awkward world of dating, you haven’t! There will always be an opportunity for another awkward situation and strangely, that is one of my favorite parts of life.
Today’s anecdote was so random I know. I just love silly and funny dating stories, do you have any? I would love love love to read them. Be a peach and make my Friday by sharing your awkward dating stories please?