by Julie Robinson Jail was the furthest thing from my mind as I went about my day after Todd was a “no call / no show” for what would have been our second date. In fact, I didn’t give him much thought at all during the week after our aborted day in the park with the dog and a Frisbee. Is it possible I’ve actually gotten used to being stood up? Besides, he wasn’t as cute as I thought he would be based on his picture. Damn, he sure could kiss, though. Todd
I have a type: the scruffy, sensitive man's man. A yoga epiphany about meeting this guy came through when I met Josh. After our first date, things were great. But two minutes into date number two, I realized I had a problem. Rather, Josh had a problem: he smelled really bad.
I hear about it week after week, month after month. From men and women. No, it is not affairs. Here's what it is: "When we are home together, life is great. But when we are with friends, family, workmates, bosses (take your pick—all are mentioned by various clients of all ages), he/she does things that make me want to hide under a table, or better yet, run." The examples are endless...
The Twitter-verse is sounding off about bad relationships this morning. Here are some of our favorite #undateable and #getsonmynerves tweets.
With the rise of our smart phone nation, there is an iPhone app for just about everything these days, especially when it comes to dating. OKCupid on the go? There's an app for that. Kegel boot camp? There’s an app for that. Now we can tack onto the list the latest relationship technology to hit the market—the Safety Siren.
From cartwheeling over a restaurant chair like I was in the "American Gladiators" atlasphere to accidentally saying unflattering things about Hunt's ketchup (honestly, how could I have possibly known her father worked Hunt's parent company, agribusiness giant ConAgra?), I'm an ace at figuring out how to thoroughly embarrass myself. But I've also been on the receiving end of some ridiculous Bad Date Behavior. (It's not ALWAYS me, you guys.) I've come to know which faux pas are forgivable, and which should just be written off as romantic losses and go in the proverbial book.
Eleven bad first date locales. Ten ways to reignite your passion. Seven lousy pickup moves. Using The Secret... to get laid. Do guys deny masturbating? Do nice guys finish last? Is the first date kiss going the way of the dodo? Are people more likely to watch porn when their candidate wins or loses? Yep, dudes and chicks are still plenty different. Hook up your newest "personal massager" to the Wii (for real). A woman wants four husband. And 31 days to a better sex life.
Really, the biggest fallacy of dating is the idea that every single date or relationship better prepares you for this mythical Soul Mate. A jerk who dumps you for your best friend, or someone who lies to you, or a man who hits you — they are all supposed to teach you some big, valuable lesson. It's a very can-do, optimistic, American idea. "Make lemonade out of lemons!" "Find the silver lining!" If you don't find the silver lining, you're not trying hard enough.
While cell phone shenanigans, a lack of physical attraction, talking too much about yourself, and blatant pre-date lies definitely apply to both genders, there are some specific reasons for why a gal won't give a guy the time of day again. Don't get grabby, have manners, make eye contact and 10 other first-date tips from women.
Kelly Clarkson is known for a lot of things—winning the first season of American Idol; having multiple number one hits; starring in the dreadful From Justin to Kelly. However, according to her official website and Facebook page, Ms. Clarkson might become known for something else—rejection. Miss Independent recently launched the "I Do Not Hook Up hotline"—an aptly titled phone service that not only promotes the singer's latest single but also gives us all an easy out from any uncomfortable dating situation. The number, 973-409-3267, appears as harmless enough digits and could easily be a number from North Jersey.
Twice, my friend Susan (I have changed some names and identifiers) found herself covering for a date who was short on cash. On the first date. At the end of one of them, there was even a humiliating walk to an ATM machine, where he handed her precisely his half and thanked her for a nice evening. Susan was mortified.
After checking out ConjugalHarmony.com, a mock online dating site feigning to connect prisoners with those on the outside, we gave this phenomenon some closer inspection. The result? There are clearly a bunch of things wrong with dating a prisoner... but there are also some potential perks.