So we've already established that meeting new people in your late 20s isn't always the easiest thing in the world.
But low and behold. You've actually met someone and you're going on the ever-stressful first date.
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Where are you going, is he picking you up, what are you going to wear, what if he doesn't like you, what if you don't like him?
"Sooooooooo how was your date?"
Ug. Shoot me now.
Honestly I've gone on so many bad first dates that I've stopped telling my friends that I even HAVE a date just do I don't have to deal with deconstructing it with them afterwards.
So for your entertainment purposes I will now summarize some of the funnier moments of my dating history over the last 18 months or so.
K: Amateur politician. Asshole.
J: Smart, worked for a publishing house. Condescending SNOB.
L: Cute, mechanic, perv who wasn't looking for a girlfriend but another name to add to the long list of women he'd screwed.
B: World traveller, worked in media. Slobbery kisser, just got out of a serious relationship and was not looking for anything other than a casual date.
S: Professional student. No desire to grow up and get a real job. Drank WAY too much.
G: Smart history buff who worked for the Government. Had never had a "real" girlfriend and lived with his divorced mother and financially supported her.
D: Artist. Worked a corporate job he didn't like just to pay the bills. Pretty much continued to live the frat boy life despite being 31 years old.
J: Techie. Asked slightly creepy questions like if I had ever made a guy cry before.
M: Ex-boyfriend. Convinced me to have a friendly coffee with him. He proceeded to tell me that he had just broken up with his current girlfriend and thought we should sleep together because we were already "comfortable" with each other.
G: Musician and recently graduated student. Told me that he thought I'd get along really well with his GIRLFRIEND.
Now add this to the list of guys I've had serious relationships with and you'll see why I'm not necessarily chomping at the bit to go out on dates. I haven't had the greatest success with men. Hell I was told by an old boss of mine that I was an asshole magnet. He said I should get a t-shirt that said "Assholes need not apply." He was serious. I can't blame him. I tend to be a magnet for either jerks or incredibly inappropriate men.
So the sad reality is that in my experience, a lot of single men in their late 20s or early 30s have some issues. Not to say that single women at this age don't but they tend to be different issues.
In the past 2 years I've learned that many (not all) single men at this age fall into one of the following categories.
1) They want to be single.
2) They have baggage or presume that you do.
3) They're living the party life while they cling desperately to their beer drinking youth.
4) They're jerks, dicks, douche bags, pricks or psychos.
5) They've got mom issues, ex-girlfriend issues, ex-wife issues and/or women issues in general.
6) They're workaholics.
7) They're gay.
8) They're already your ex-boyfriend.
9) They're the mythical "nice guy" who you hear exists but you never actually meet because he never attempts to talk to you.
All in all, the whole thing sucks and is kinda depressing. Especially during a time in your life when many of your friends are pairing up, getting engaged, getting married or having babies.
But hope springs eternal.