Thursday, 20 September 2012
I will open this post by saying that the lesson learned is to ALWAYS follow your gut instinct. Anyway, on to the anecdote: A few years ago, I was going to hang out with a guy we'll call, "Greg" for the first time. From the few conversations we previously had, I sort of felt that there was a substantial chance that we wouldn't really hit it off. There was just something a bit...off about him.
I partially felt this way because the first time he called me was in the middle of the afternoon and he was already quite inebriated! Seeing as I couldn't figure out a polite way to say, "you're cute and all, but you're scoring pretty high on my 'somethings not quite right' radar." I agreed to see him (forgive me--I was young and not as quite well versed in breaking hearts as I am now, but you live and learn).
When the day of our date came, I was feeling unusually anxious. We decided to go to a local park and just talk for a bit. While the conversation was decent at most, I can't say there were fireworks, at least not on my end. He started mentioning places where we could continue the date, but I just wanted to hightail it out of there. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him leaning in for a surprise kiss which I evaded with an impromptu cough. He finally got the hint and figured it was time to go.
We started walking back in the direction of my house and just when we're about 6 blocks away from my home, I see him stop and kind of turn to open a gate to a driveway. A little confused, I moved a few inches towards him to see what was up. From the place I was standing, I could see through clear patio doors that there was a messy house and in the midst of the mess, shirtless guy sitting around in his underwear playing video games.
When he saw Greg walking towards him, he looked a bit surprised. Greg went inside to say hello to who I would later learn is his cousin. I guess he introduced me because I could hear him mention my name. When the cousin waved, I politely returned the gesture from right where I was standing just outside the gate because I certainly wasn't going to get any closer than I was now! I've seen way too many Lifetime movies to make that mistake!
When Greg returned to where where I was, I saw him kind of turn as if he was leaving. Just as he was doing so, his eyes meet my glaring ones which he responds to by saying, "I was just going to head over to the convenience store so you guys can get some alone time and a chance to talk. Uhh, I could get you something if you want."
At that point, I had had enough! I turn to him and exclaim, "what do you mean?? You can't be serious! This is beyond weird! I'm leaving!" I then rushed off in the direction of my house. When he started to run after me I yelled back, "I'd appreciate if you wouldn't follow me!"
When he finally caught up with me, he tried desperately to defend himself, "you're an attractive and personable girl. Anyway, that guy is my cousin. He is shy and a bit of a homebody." Greg continued to explain, "my cousin could use some help in the ladies department. Okay, it's obvious that you didn't turn out to be as interested in me as I was in you, but since you're a nice girl and he is honestly a really nice guy, I thought maybe you guys could talk and see if there's something there."
As [perversely] selfless as the act had been, I still couldn't believe what I was hearing. This was more than a bit too much for me.
I shook my head in disbelief because in that moment, I had absolutely no words. How could he possibly have thought this was okay or reasonable?! I rushed home and went to bed, hoping it all had been a bad dream!
So, what is the weirdest/most bizarre thing that has ever happened to you on a date? Or were you ever guilty of doing something bizarre on a date yourself?