7:00 pm - Pick her up. Plan to walk to the door to get her but can't get the key out of the ignition. (The car wasn't in park. I was nervous so I'd left it in drive. Having only two weeks of driving experience I didn't know how to troubleshoot this problem.)We didn't see each other much after that -- I quit the job a few weeks later for unrelated reasons -- but I did bump into her a party a few months later. Where she met, and started dating, a friend of mine. Nice.
7:15 pm - Following my mom's orders, I have to put gas in the car. This is my first time doing it solo. I had never had to lift the metal lever that holds the pump before, so I can't figure out how to get the gas started. The attendants have to help me.
7:40 pm - I tell her I'm hungry. She says she's not, but I should eat. Not knowing how to speak Girl at the time, I take that at face value and, inexplicably, decide I want Taco Bell.
8:00 pm - We sit at the Taco Bell in South Euclid, Ohio. I eat whatever nonsense I decided to get. She sits across from me, seeming distant.
8:20 pm - I unveil my big plan: We're going to go to a playground! See, she had once told me that she loved going to playgrounds, so this is my big, brilliant seduction move.
8:40 pm - At the playground, she goes through the motions: I push her on the swing, she does the monkey bars, goes down the slide. At one point we're both jammed into some little plastic clubhouse and I, ever so suavely, lean over to kiss her. She turns her head so I get her cheek. Had this been an episode of "Blind Date" a thought bubble would've popped up over my head saying, "Yo quiero kiss!" and one over her head saying, "I need to make a run for the border."
9:30 pm - We're back in the car. She declares she wants to go to Revco (a drugstore chain that would later be bought by CVS) to buy some stuff. I'm now chauffeuring her around for errands.
10:00 pm - I follow her around the aisles of Revco, bored and completely over it, as she buys something like $50 worth of stuff.
10:20 pm - We mutually decide, in not so many words, to euthanize the date, and I drive her home. I get out to walk her to the door (mercifully able to get the key out of the ignition)... but she runs to the house, saying "Good night!" over her shoulder, before I can even take two steps.
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