That said, the silver lining of a weird, funny, or just plain bad date is that it always makes for a great story. It was ridiculous, but, lucky for him, we both started cracking up. I was SO excited. I got super dressed-up and went to the campus bar to meet him. I guess I drunkenly gave my number to a random guy at a party who happened to have the same name as this cute guy in my architecture class.
It was super embarrassing but I made myself stick it out with a smile until the date ended. I meant the one in my apartment.
He never even offered to buy me a drink! I was already into this guy—his pictures were cute and the texting was good. He was the quiet, brooding, artistic type back then, and I was hoping he still was. When we first met up, everything seemed fine—he was outfitted as a hipster and even had a good job. We spent the first hour date catching up, and then all of a sudden he got really serious and started taking me through his murky family health history: He spent all night chain-smoking, getting me very drunk, and then lunged in for a kiss before hopping on a bus home.
He texted right away to make plans for a second date. When I finally arrived, I apologized and hoped to have a bit of fun since the journey had been so long and awful. The whole thing felt like I was being interviewed for marriage, so I ended up getting horribly drunk to get through it, and then left the pub not knowing how to get home! This was before the age of Google Maps, so I had to call my one friend in London, who talked me through which buses to take and lanes to walk on.
Red wine and true friendship to the rescue. His pictures showed that he was cute and well traveled. It was in high school, and we planned to go to the football game on Friday night.
I was irrationally scared that something terrible was going to happen, like my farting and not being able to cover up the smell. As such, I made my best friends promise to come and sit close and take credit for any wayward flatulence. About halfway through the game, someone DID fart near us, and my best friend—how I love her!