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“My Worst Blind Date”


Set-ups can be dandy… or a disaster. Think you’re the only one who’s suffered the latter? Not at all! Read on.

By Chelsea Kaplan

t’s been said that love is blind, but when it comes to finding love on a blind date, romance isn’t always in the air. Maybe it’s because your date is obnoxious, overly intoxicated or just simply not your type. But if you’ve ever had a particularly painful blind-date experience, read these scary set-up stories. You’ll realize you’re not the only one who’s ever suffered through a frightening fix-up.

A tax(i)ing evening
“I called a cab one day to take me home from work, and after I got in, the driver and I started talking about
“He excused himself, went to the bathroom—and stayed there for 20 minutes.”
relationships. He asked if I had a boyfriend, and when I said no, he told me he recently picked up a good-looking Wall Street big shot who lives in my town and is single. He said he had the guy’s email address and wanted to set me up, so I thought, ‘What the heck?’ and I gave him my number to pass along to the guy. Well, he called me a few weeks later, and we talked a few times on the phone. His voice was so sexy that I convinced myself he was my future husband, and we made a date. A week later, he picked me up and, well, let me put it this way: The sexy voice did not match the sexy guy I had imagined. Still, though, I decided to keep an open mind. Over dinner, our conversation was bad; 80 percent of it detailed his partying habits at the Jersey shore and all the women he had been with! He even went so far as to tell me he had caught an STD, but ‘everything’s cleared up now!’ I knew I needed to end things early, and I got out of there fast. It was certainly not a match made in cab heaven, but hey, you have to take some chances when you’re single!”
—Laura, 28, Hoboken, NJ

You booze, you lose
“I once had a blind date show up to pick me up two hours late! I had already figured he was standing me up, so I got into my pajamas and was watching a movie in bed. When he showed up drunk at my door, I was pretty annoyed, to say the least. He was barely apologetic, saying he was out with friends drinking and had lost track of time, which didn’t exactly qualify as a good reason, in my opinion. He even had the gall to suggest we begin our date right then and there since ‘(you are) already in bed and that’s probably where we’d end up anyway!’ Um, no thanks!”
—Jen, 28, Los Angeles, CA

A bodily function fiasco
“I once had a blind date who soon after coming to pick me up asked if he could use my bathroom. He must have had an extremely upset stomach because he was in there for at least 20 minutes. My apartment was small and the bathroom was adjacent to my living area, so unfortunately I could hear everything that went on in there, and it was so gross! Once he came out, the smell was indescribable—the people in the hall could probably even smell it. Throughout the date he pretended like nothing had happened, but it was nearly impossible for me to see him in a ‘romantic’ light or think of going out with him again.”
—Regan, 31, Columbia, MD

Niece to meet you
“My boss once set me up on a blind date with her niece. I was worried about the implications of such a set-up, but my boss put me in a position where I couldn’t say no and kept going on and on about what
“My date wound up being an ex-boyfriend of mine!”
a sweet girl her niece was and how much I’d love her. Well, that description couldn’t have been farther from the truth! She showed up wearing a really revealing, stripper-ish outfit, chain-smoked throughout the entire date and cursed incessantly. She got so completely wasted during the date that on the drive home, she threw up. The only thing worse than the date was having to lie to my boss when she asked me the next day how it went. Fortunately, I began dating someone pretty seriously soon after that night, so I got out of ever having to go out with her again.”
—Andy, 27, Durango, CO

Blonde ambition
“I was set up on a blind date with Brian by my roommate Julie. Prior to our date, she had showed him a photo of me with her and our other roommate, Heather. He and I hit it off on the phone, so I was really excited for our date, which we had planned as a casual pizza date. When he came over to pick me up, Heather answered the door. His eyes lit up, he gave her a huge hug and he said, “It’s so great to meet you, Jess!’ I stepped forward and introduced myself as the ‘real’ Jess, and he goes, “Wait, you’re not a blonde?” It was clear he got the wrong idea about what I looked like from the photo and was disappointed. Even though I was feeling pretty rejected, I decided to go forward with the date anyway, thinking that our phone chemistry would be enough to make it work. Well, he was all about hanging out at my place and getting to know Heather…he pretty much ignored me all night!”
—Jessica, 31, Princeton Junction, NJ

Not-so-blind date
“I hadn’t been on a date in a while, so when my friend agreed to set me up with a friend of hers, I really didn’t ask her much more about him than his name and age. Well, once I got to the restaurant, I realized that the guy was an ex-boyfriend of mine! It had been a few years since we dated, but the breakup was pretty bad, and we definitely hadn’t kept in touch or remained friends. It was totally awkward—so much so that we didn’t even have a laugh about it. It was clear that neither of us wanted to continue with the date, so we just sort of said ‘See ya later’ and went our separate ways.”
—Kara, 28, Centreville, VA


Chelsea Kaplan is a senior editor at thefamilygroove.com. Her blog, “I’m Somebody’s Mother?” can be found at www.rumymother.blogspot.com.

For the other side of this story, read My Best Blind Date.

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