Have you ever been hooked up on a blind date by a well meaning friend, co-worker, or family member? If you have, I hope it went well for you. I have never been on a blind date, and all I can say is “Thank God!” I promise you, this story is not a product of my imagination or creative writing skills. It is the true experience of a co-worker (let’s call her A’Vonique) and is less than 30 days old.
A’Vonique had to travel to the Midwest for a week-long work related trip. She excitedly notified a college mate who lives in that city, with the hope of visiting with her. Her friend, knowing A’Vonique was single, announced that she had a “friend” for her to meet and proceeded to set up a blind date.
A’Vonique was dressed to a “T” in anticipation of meeting her date. He turned up a few minutes late, dressed in shorts, sandals, and polo shirt stretcher over a very prominent belly. She was taken aback because the brother was pushing 400 lbs., and looked like he was getting ready to kick back in a recliner to watch the game with his boys. With a sinking heart she stated, “we don’t have to do anything fancy”. “OK”, he compromised. “Let’s go to Red Lobster”.
As they waited for dinner, of which he ordered the Admiral’s Feast, conversation was awkward and light..with several questions coming from the gentleman such as, “What is it like to be a professional woman working for the federal government?” “Do you know how to make greens with the meat in it?”
So a painful hour or so passes, and the waitress re-appears and asks, “Will this be on one check?” DEAD SILDENCE!!!!!!!!! A’Vonique finally said, “we’ll take separate checks”. How about homeboy pulled the “Oh my God I can’t believe I did this, I forgot my wallet!” game?
This is such a classic, I won’t even bore you with the details of her paying for their meal, and him having the nerve to ask for her address to “Mail her a check”. Really?!!
My advice is this: For those of us at the mercy of well intentioned match makers, need to follow 2 rules before stepping out on a blind date.
- Arrange for your own transportation, your car or a cab.
- Ask to know what your date will involve (so you can dress appropriately, wink-wink). If it’s dinner, state upfront that you would prefer to go dutch. That way if things go badly you don’t owe him or her anything.