Dating hor­ror story

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS - By Lisa Linssen

Every­one has had dates that are so bad that while feel­ing mis­er­able in the sit­u­a­tion, you will laugh about how ridicu­lous it was af­ter­ward. Many years ago, I went on a date with a 25-year-old en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent who loved run­ning. Lit­tle did I know that he had an­other pas­sion he never men­tioned.

We met each other through friends. We al­ways had good con­ver­sa­tions, and it felt like the chem­istry be­tween us was just right. There­fore, we de­cided to meet, just the two of us. He in­vited me to his place to cook din­ner to­gether and af­ter­ward, he wanted to show me his fa­vorite neigh­bor­hood pub. Spoiler alert, we never made it there.

While we were busy pre­par­ing din­ner, we talked and laughed. It felt like it would be a good evening and a good date. All of a sud­den, he dis­ap­peared into his room for an unusu­ally long time. I was just left stand­ing there all by my­self in the kitchen. I thought it was weird but car­ried on pre­par­ing our din­ner. Af­ter around 15 min­utes, he came back with no ex­pla­na­tion about why he just van­ished. But we con­tin­ued our nice chat, had an­other glass of wine, and I com­pletely for­got about his dis­ap­pear­ance un­til about 20 min­utes later when he went back into his room again with­out say­ing any­thing. Af­ter he did not come back for 10 min­utes, I went to his room. He was sit­ting in front of his lap­top with his head­phones on watch­ing a foot­ball match! He didn’t even re­al­ize that I was stand­ing next to him un­til I touched his arm. He im­me­di­ately took off his head­phones and came back into the kitchen with me. I was a bit mad, but then we sat down and ate, and the nice at­mos­phere was back in no time.

That was un­til his room­mate came home. He asked me to switch seats with him and when he got up, he al­most pushed me over to the other seat. Then his room­mate turned on the foot­ball match on the big screen be­hind me. From that mo­ment on, nei­ther of them talked to me. I stayed for an­other 20 min­utes try­ing to make conversation and get our date back on track, but I was out ruled by 22 men, a field, two goals and a ball. Even­tu­ally, I pushed back my half-eaten plate, got up and left – some­thing I should have done much ear­lier. When I was in the hall­way putting on my shoes, he yelled from in front of the TV that I should stay and that the match was nearly over any­way, but that was just not con­vinc­ing enough for me. The next day, he texted me say­ing he was sorry, but it was a re­ally im­por­tant match and there­fore, just a bad day for our date. Well, my friend, you should have thought about that ear­lier.

Now, be­fore I agree to a date, I ask the guy how big of a foot­ball fan he is or if he watches any other form of sports on TV. If he does, I will not agree to a date with a TV any­where near.

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