- Gender and Relationships
What's A Blind Date?
"I know this really nice single girl...."
Cupid is alive and well and living amongst us. This innocent-looking little angel, bow and arrow in tote, gets around. He'll show up just about anywhere and can strike when you least expect. Legend has it, Cupid is the Angel of Love. If he aims his arrow of kisses & bilss at unsuspecting lonely hearts, they are bound to find true love.
OK, this is silly. I'm sorry. I know you're all mature adults and would never entertain such childish nonsense. I also know that a whole bunch of us have friends who love to play Cupid. There's something about an available single male or female that obviously annoys the heck out of some people. These are the helpful, caring friends, neighbors and co-workers who just can't leave well-enough alone. They talk about you being single as though you have a terminal illness. "It's sad. I hate seeing Joe all alone.....no dates, so lonely. He needs someone"
Really? This is news to Joe. Recently promoted, making the big bucks, healthy and in great shape, driving a brand new car and living the good life.... Dancing to his own rhythm, singing his own sweet tune, answering to no one. Oh yeah, that'll do it. This is reason enough for people to insist he needs a woman. Uh-Huh, Joe's female friends are thinking, "What a catch! He's every woman's dream.....Think, girls! Who can we fix him up with?" Even his male friends, his best buddies, the guys who stick by through thick and thin, yeah even them.....especially those guys. What they're thinking is, "Rotten S.O.B.....just look at him! Why should he be so damned happy and free? That's it! He's FREE! We need to change that, real quick!"
What would we ever do without FRIENDS?
Sometimes, it looks like what you're not going to do is remain single and carefree. Not if they can help it and not for long.
Does any of this strike a chord with you? Have you ever been "fixed up?," by well-meaning friends?
If you have, the experience has stayed with you, whether disastrous or fabulous. From the very day you were accosted, prodded and coerced, to that final moment...the end of the blind date,when you said, "Good Night." If you've never had a blind date, quit smiling. You're next.
Truth is, once you've had a chance to call and talk to the hottest chick in town, (sworn to by your buddies) the ice has broken and it's not so bad after all. You might even be looking forward to it. Hey, maybe everyone is right. You do need to date, meet a woman, get out and have some fun. But a blond date? C'mon, Joe, think about it.
You have nothing more than her first name and phone number. Good move, Joe. Really smart. Who is she? More importantly....Whoa Dude, what does she look like? Blonde? Brunette? Tall? Nice body? Man, face it, you have no idea what to expect Saturday night when you knock on that door. Bimbo? Snob? PSYCHO??! No Joe, don't go there. You can't call the girl and make some feeble excuse about how you just happen to remember you have Bible Study on Saturday night. Forget it. You're in now pal, just relax and everything will be fine.
Yes, Ladies.....you too.
Girls, let's be honest. We love playing matchmaker. In fact, we all believe we know exactly who is perfect for whom and want to take sole credit for the hook up....because we're already imagining the bride will toss her bouquet directly into our hands.
I've done it. I played the game as Ms. Cupid. I've also been the target and said, "Yes," to a blind date.....twice. If you desperately want your female friend to go out with your former college buddy, here's the key phrase that hooks 'em every time. "Honestly Lori, I swear, if I wasn't engaged, I'd scoop this baby up myself!" Ah yes, women trust other women when it comes to all things Male. Further, just knowing another woman lusts after a guy makes another woman, maybe lots of women want him. Don't balk. You know that's true.
The female thought process is entirely different than the male process......like anybody reading this might need me to say this? . Anyway, what I'm getting at is, the first thing we do is check our closet for the perfect, "guaranteed to snag him," outfit. Make a string of appointments: Hair, nails and facial. Uh huh girls, this guy's done like dinner!" And speaking of dinner. As you can clearly see,the reason that women expect the man will buy dinner is that we spend all our money getting ready for the date.
Blind Date night.... The unveiling
Only the very first ten to fifteen minutes is a bit painful. Feeling awkward, just a little nervous and apprehensive. Some simple niceties exchanged, a friendly smile, maybe a proper "nice to meet you," quick hug. It's all cool. No big deal. What were you so worried about? He's cute, she's really friendly. No huge frights or disappointments.
Now the date begins. From this point on ......I can't believe what just went through my twisted mind!....I had an incredible urge to print out The Miranda Warning in it's entirety just then.
I have no idea why that occurred to me. I'm not that kind of person that would throw in some sarcastic twist here. Not at a time like this. I mean, it can be really important to have some sound advice about what to expect on a blind date, some possible tips on things to do, conversations to have. I'm sure people are counting on me to be helpful.
Really, I'm sorry. It's so strange, all I can think to offer is the Miranda Warning.
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