Despite my slovenly past, I managed to fit a few dates in there every now and again, and I have to say that I haven't been finding it too difficult to stay out of "the game" while in recovery. What is there to go back to? The last date I went on came my attempt at online dating. It went as follows:
We email back and forth for a few days actually getting a fairly detailed conversation going. We decide to meet. He asks me to drive to his place so we can go to dinner from there. I arrive and we walk to our destination, a local pizza place. I order a water and eat 2 out of the 8 slices from the pizza we picked. We discuss travel, other dates we've been on, family stuff, hobbies, etc. I keep going back and forth on how I feel it's going. Some moments seem like there could be some potential and others consist of me getting snapped at when I ask for details about his one date who turned out to be a man. Next up, a walk. First we stop by his apartment to drop off the left over pizza he is taking home from the restaurant. I get a geography pop quiz and fail. Our walk leads us to the lake, and just as I'm starting to think, "hey this isn't so bad" he starts to think, "hey this tree right out in public is definitely an appropriate place to urinate"! Needless to say the date ended pretty quickly after that. Not before the classic, "do you want to come in for a bit" line of course. Answer? No I do not.
I get home and am alerted (via our mutual online dating site) that someone I know posted something. So I open it and discover it is a rant from the tree pee-er bashing how I didn't pay for or split the cost of the date. The date I drove across town to his house for. The date we walked everywhere. The date in which I ate 2 slices of pizza and drank water. He writes this whole thing about how it isn't the 1950's anymore, a bunch of offensive stuff about women's rights, and basically tells the internet I'm an awful person. Thanks 2014 dating! I'd love to think this is just a one time occurrence, but I think you know as well as I do that it isn't.
By the way, the entire date cost $17.
With dates like this being the norm, why would I ever want to take a dip in the dating pool again? Check out Your Tango's article about 13 Old School Dating Practices We Should Bring Back, Stat!
Side note: That site seems to have an excess of ads, but the article is fun nonetheless.