Impossible to Please
Ever since I broke up with my long term girlfriend, a female friend (who is a nurse at the University of Arizona’s hospital) was trying to set me up with one of her co-workers. I made excuses for a while because I just didn’t like the idea of dating again, but I finally gave in and my nurse friend said she was going to set up a double date: it would be herself, her boyfriend, me, and a nurse she worked with that I had to meet.
The night of the date, everyone met at my house because I live in walking distance to some good restaurants and bars. I did a lot of research, planning out the night so we had plenty of options and everyone could have a good time no matter what we decided to do. Keep in mind that this was my first real date since I met my ex (three years ago) so I was kind of nervous.
Once we got to the restaurant I picked, an Italian place, I was informed for the first time that my date was allergic to gluten. Meaning she couldn’t eat anything on the menu. But like I said, I had several choices picked out, including a Greek restaurant that would have gluten-free options and was right next door to the Italian restaurant. However, my date kept insisting we stay where we were. So we stayed there and it was the most awkward meal ever. Everyone just picked at their food while my date sat there with an empty plate. She was polite about it (for now) but you could tell everyone felt pretty weird.
After that we went to a bar a few blocks away. I got a drink for my date and myself and we all sat down. I asked my date if she was hungry and asked if she wanted to go somewhere else to get a bite (since we’d all had a meal at the first restaurant and she hadn’t eaten anything). She told me that she didn’t want to eat now because it was too late and she was on a diet. I said that I knew a place within a few blocks that had late-night hours and healthy options. My nurse friend backed me up because she’d been there too, but it seemed like my date just got more annoyed. The only thing she said was that she would appreciate it if I learned how to eat with a “real woman” for “future reference.” I had no idea what she meant but I felt like she was insulting me, so I looked at my female nurse friend. She and her boyfriend were staring at me with a look in their eyes like they felt sorry for me. That’s when I knew that this date was crashing and burning beyond repair.
The worst part is that the date lasted three hours longer from that point. My nurse friend and her boyfriend took a cab home and my date refused to go with them because they lived in the opposite direction. Instead, we sat in my living room for TWO MORE HOURS before she LET me call a cab for her. The entire time we were at my house, we sat on couch while she flipped through TV shows and said terrible things about everything on the screen, like “She’s so ugly, she should be shot” or “This show is so annoying, I can’t stand it.” She also kicked over and broke an Aboriginal vase that was a gift from my parents, which I wouldn’t normally be mad about except that she just giggled about it like she thought it was cute. I didn’t even expect her to apologize or help me clean up the clay shards, but laughing about it was the worst thing she could have done and I was really insulted and turned off.
What makes it even more weird is the next time I talked to my nurse friend, she told me my date that night claimed to like me and wondered why I never called her! Maybe I’m a really dense guy, but I still can’t think of any way I could have made this chick have a good time that night, or why she said she had a good time when she actually never stopped complaining!