Happy Valentine’s Day!
As a single person, on this special day, I thought I’d share the story of my very worst date. I purposely didn’t write about it when it happened. But it has been probably close to 5 years ago that it happened. So I’m probably safe to write about it. Hopefully I can remember enough details to do the story justice.
Do any of you have a standard location to meet potential dates? A particular Starbuck’s is mine. I call it the bad date Starbuck’s. I’ve had a few of them there. When I need a place to meet that is an easy location for the other party, this is my standard spot. So one early December, several years ago, I agreed to meet a co-worker of my cousin. When someone offers to set me up, I usually accept. It’s only a cup of coffee and you never know where it might lead. What have you got to lose, right?
At this point, I don’t even remember the guy’s name. We’ll call him Todd, just for the heck of it. We met on a Saturday afternoon. We did the usual thing of getting coffee and chatting. I found out that he had a son. But the son lived with his mother. But this woman wasn’t an ex-wife or anything. She was just the mother of his child. Hmm… During the chat, Todd was doing the “lean forward” thing. I could tell he was interested. For me, the verdict was still out. I know I tend to make decisions rather quickly when I first meet a guy. So I was trying to keep an open mind.
After a little while, Todd asks what I’ve got planned for the rest of the day. Note to self: always have a plan even if you have nothing to do but your laundry. I’m a horrible liar and I wasn’t prepared to come up with an excuse on the spot. Since it’s still early enough in the afternoon, he suggests we go to a movie at a nearby theater. So we get into his SUV and drive over to the local mall with a movie theater. It’s December and during the height of Christmas shopping season. Navigating and finding a parking spot proved to be a challenge. At one point he was going the wrong way down a one way. Yikes!
We get to the theater and end up seeing something like, The Golden Compass. Does that sound like a movie that came out a while ago? I just checked. That’s the movie and the year was 2007. He gets the tickets and we find some seats. I’m sure I used the restroom at some point there and had a moment to myself to think, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?” I go back to the theater and find Todd. The movie starts.
Not to far into it, I feel him leaning in and murmuring to me, “Do you mind if I hold your hand, I’m an affectionate kind of guy.” Hell yes I mind! But I’m too nice and polite to shoot down your ego at this time. I was not at a point in my life where I knew how to handle it when a man puts me in that situation. So, he proceeds to reach down and hold my hand and do the little circle thing with his thumb on my hand. Are you creeped out? I sure was. To this day, I jokingly do that move on my friends to purposely creep them out. It was the longest 2 hours of my life. After the movie he drove me back to my car at the bad date Starbuck’s and I never saw him again.
Later in the weekend he did call and want to go out again. In the meantime, I had called my cousin and she felt absolutely awful that she didn’t see that one coming. She’s quite the wordsmith and coached me on how to turn him down and “break it off,” even though it had never actually started. You’re a great guy and I had a nice time, but I just don’t see it going any further. Thanks for the movie. Good Luck! Hang up. I’m sure it wasn’t quite that short. But that’s the gist of it.
So on this Valentine’s Day, I may be single, but I like it. I’ll take single over creepy guys any day.