It’s not you it’s us. After nearly 1,000 worst dates and 26,300+ comments, we have decided to stop posting here at My Very Worst Date. When we started the site back in early 2009, it was for a laugh and to give people a place to commiserate about dating, and we never dreamed that we’d be featured everywhere from CNN and Yahoo to TIME and Jezebel. We never expected to see still be around nearly four years later.
Even with the help of Admins, who have been amazing, we just don’t have the time and energy that it takes to run this blog. It’s been a fun ride, but we don’t feel that the site has the same playfulness and lighthearted tone of the earlier years and just monitoring the comments (and trolls) is like a full-time job (except without the salary).
We know that thousands of you enjoy coming to the site and we so appreciate that MVWD was a fun place to visit for a few minutes of your day, but we have full careers and lives and other interests to pursue. We’re sorry if this breakup upsets you, but we are leaving the site up so that people can still enjoy the stories or check out the hilarious Best Of section. Our sincere thanks for reading.
Jessica & Victoria
My Very Worst Date happened a few years ago when I was working at a hair salon. A very cute guy came in to get his hair cut by a coworker and we started chatting. He seemed nice and normal enough. After he left, I told his stylist that I thought he was cute. She told him and the next thing I knew, he was calling me and asking me out. We decided to meet at a local bar a few nights later.
I had to stay at work later than I thought so I called to let him know I would be late. He said that was fine and that he would just hang out at the bar until I got there. I got there an hour late (totally unavoidable) and apologized profusely. Well, apparently in the hour that he had been waiting for me, he got HAMMERED. We’re talking swaying, slurring, eyes glazed over- drunk. Within two minutes of me being there, he found out my birthday was in August and proceeded to berate me for being a Leo, saying that all Leos are psycho bitches/liars/whores that only want attention, etc. etc. etc. I stood there dumbfounded for a few seconds, not sure why he was screaming at me like this, until at some point during his rant he let out that his ex-girlfriend was a Leo. The pieces fell into place: Recently broken up, crazy ex- girlfriend, hurt feelings, booze, drunk rant…
I felt bad for the guy but turned on my heel and got the hell out of there anyway.
My (now ex) boyfriend, John, and I had been dating for awhile and I had moved to be closer to him. When I moved, his mom (whom I only knew a little), Alice, offered to let me live in the spare room at her house for a few months so I could get on my feet and find an apartment (he lived there too). I accepted and had been living there for a few months when Christmas rolled around.
I work for the Fire Department and would be working over Christmas, so he and I were going to a nice dinner a few days before to celebrate Christmas together. We were getting ready to leave and we saw his mom sitting on the couch by herself with a drink in her hand, watching TV. She also worked for the Fire Department, and when she was off duty she drank like a fish and didn’t have much of a life outside of work. I felt really bad because she seemed kind of lonely (my ex was her only child, they weren’t close and she was divorced), so I asked John if we could invite her and he said yes. He mostly agreed because he knew if she did, then she’d offer to pay for the meal (the more I got to know her and John the more I realized that buying him stuff and paying for things was her way of trying to buy his affection for being absent during his childhood).
So we asked, she accepted, and we all left the house – only to realize, as we were walking to the car, that she was barefoot and didn’t seem to realize it. She was also stumbling around, walking into parked vehicles in the driveway. As it started to dawn on me that Alice was already blitzed, she noticed that the neighbors across the street, who are Hispanic, seemed to have some kind of fire in their backyard (probably a barbecue or fire pit). She started doing this passive aggressive thing where you talk super loud, like you’re having a conversation with the people around you, but in the hopes that someone else will hear it. She was saying things like “Are they burning?! You can’t burn in your yard!! I, as a firefighter, cannot ALLOW this sort of thing to happen! Bunch of MEXICANS!” I was horrified. John started shoving her back in the house, telling her she forgot her shoes and trying to get her to stop talking. I just kept looking at the neighbor’s house, hoping that they didn’t hear her racist rants.
We got her back out to the car, quietly, though she kept grumbling about “those damn Mexicans,” and headed to the restaurant. We took her to a place that we loved…we would eat there all the time and they had the yummiest food. We thought it would be kind of a nice treat. We wanted to share our favorite dishes with her, so we started talking them up for the whole ride.
The first thing she ordered when we sit down: vodka, with just a splash of cranberry juice (cause, you know, that added tiny bit of juice somehow changes the fact that you’re drinking vodka straight up). I squeezed John’s knee, thinking ‘she doesn’t need any more alcohol.’ Through the course of the meal she drank three more, in addition to the three or so she’d already had at the house beforehand. For the rest of the meal she was a drunken Debbie downer.
We ordered all our favorite appetizers and entrees, sharing them between each other. After every bite of every dish that Alice tried, she would complain that the food tasted awful. She’d sit there with her arms crossed, sniffing about how the restaurant was bad, the wait staff was awful, the food wasn’t good, etc. etc., all VERY loudly so they could hear it. Any time food was brought to the table, she had a complaint for the poor waitress…her steak was over cooked (no it wasn’t), her mixed vegetables weren’t “mixed enough” (eg: not enough variety to be called “mixed” apparently), her water didn’t have enough ice in it (not that she was drinking the water).
She even had the waitress call over the MANAGER because John ordered a meal that came with a side, in a bowl, that sat on the plate next to the rest of the food. Her complaint: “Why is the plate touching the food?” She was too hammered to adequately get her point across, but I could sort of see what she was trying to ask. She wanted to know why the side dish was on the plate next to the other food rather than on its own…as if they, I dunno, dunked the bowl in feces before setting it next to his lobster. The manager tried to explain that they washed all their dishes and it wasn’t a problem, but Alice just gave him this sarcastic simpering smile and waved him away, like he was too stupid to understand what she was saying.
I spent the whole meal not saying a word, with one hand permanently squeezing John’s knee, silently begging for the waitress not to have spit in our food, I wouldn’t have blamed her at this point. When the check came, Alice immediately grabbed it and made a show of pulling out her cash. She made sure to tell us, in full hearing of the waitress, that she gave a more than 20% tip, not that anyone actually deserved it, but that’s because that’s how nice she is. As we were walking out, John turned around saying he wanted a mint, went back inside and gave the waitress another $20, saying he was so sorry for what she had to put up with.
We never went back to that restaurant again. We also avoided ever eating another meal with Alice in public again unless we knew she was totally sober before we left.
Years later, John and I had broken up but were still friends (and could, thankfully, laugh about that miserable night). We had a favorite sushi restaurant that we frequented. He told me one night, while I was at work, that he’d taken Alice there for dinner. I joked that I was bummed I missed out on sushi. He said he’d taken her when I was at work so if she was an ass to the people who worked there, at least it wouldn’t keep me from coming back again, ha! Apparently, before they went inside, he prefaced the meal with “Look…this is a restaurant that we both really like. Don’t. Ruin. It.” She didn’t totally understand and he reminded her about the Christmas dinner. He didn’t think she really liked the sushi place, but at least she was polite and kept her opinion to herself this time!
October 1st,2012 A MVWD Happy Ending
, A Relationship MVWD
, Completely Psychotic
, Drunk and Disorderly
, Family F-Ups
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, date with mom
, drunk on a date
, drunken parents
, favorite restaraunt
, parents on a date
Last year I was dying to go to Oktoberfest in my local Bavarian themed village. My friends were all busy, so I decided to find a blind date via the internet. Lo and behold, I found a guy who wasn’t from the area. After a few emails he sounded decent, so we picked a place and time to meet. He was definitely a little rough around the edges, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
On the way up, he revealed that he didn’t drink! He said he “gets a little crazy when [he] drinks, and usually gets in trouble.” Great…who goes to Oktoberfest who doesn’t drink?! He also added stories about him and his brother playing video games all the time, hitting each other and his mom joining in swearing at each other. Not my cup of tea, thank you very much. We paid to get in the festival center, and knowing this new info about his drinking habits, I decided not to drink either, even though he said he didn’t mind. As you may imagine, we ended up walking around for an hour and then, bored to tears, drove back to our meeting spot. I had to make every excuse in the book to end the date then and there.
I did get a couple more calls from him, wanting other dates, and ended it by telling him I’d call him when I had time. I haven’t had time.
This is more a story of a mediocre date, but the worst peri-date experience I’ve had.
I’d been having a bit of a dry spell in college when a friend of mine gave one of his friends (whom I’d met a couple times) my number. I was somewhat annoyed because the guy wasn’t really my type. He was sort of goofy looking, with a bushel of curly hair that needed a trim. He said he was Ben Affleck’s cousin (and that his last name was Affleck).
We agreed to meet for coffee. On the assigned date, I showed up for coffee and waited 15 minutes, but he didn’t show. I called to find out where he was, but he didn’t answer, so I bailed; 15 minutes is my limit. A couple days later he called, apologized for standing me up, and had the balls to say, “So give me a call if you want to hang out sometime.” I told him, “Whatever, dude, you’re the one who stood me up,” and wrote him off.
He called a week or two later wanting to go for a drink, and for some reason (I think it was because I was high on hydrocodone after spraining my ankle very badly) I agreed, but told him I couldn’t drink much because I was on medication (yeah, it was the hydros). We proceeded to have one of the most boring conversations of all time, and all I remember of the rest of the date was that it was boring and that I did NOT go out again with “Mr. Affleck.”
Later I found out from a guy I knew who went to high school with him that his last name wasn’t Affleck at all, and that the whole Ben Affleck thing was some weird affectation (I HATE liars).