56. November 2011: Gary: "You're Dismissed"

How did you meet? online

Name: Gary

Height: 6'2" (I can't confirm this as he never stoop up. Remember in the olden days when men stood up when women entered and exited a room or got up from the table? That must have been lovely)

Age: 38

Occupation: digital something or other

Good quotes from date:

"Dating is so easy for super hot people." (Implying that neither one of us are in that group.)

"I need a new fuckin' job." (After we'd agreed to stop talking about work.)

"Don't be mean." (After I told him, in jest, to stop talking about how fabulous his new apartment is with 5 closets and a washer/dryer.)

"I had a shitty day. I'm going to stay for another drink. I get it, I got it. You can go." (After 60 minutes of torturous conversation.)

Why is he still single? I think his quotes above sum that up - and he's a young curmudgeon.

Did he pay for the date? yes, he was still running up his tab when I was dismissed

Did he contact you after the date? No, I'm sure he could tell that I didn't like him

How many dates did you go on? Barely 1

Would you recommend to a friend? NO.

When you're 38 looking for a long-term relationship and something "real" per your OkCupid profile because all your friends are married with kids, I would think that you would want to give every date a chance and put on your best game face. Gary, or "Debbie Downer" as I will refer to him, had a "shitty" day and clearly was not in the mood to get to know me. 

I may not be "super hot" or whatever the hell that means since that is something that 16 year-olds say but I'm pretty cute especially in the new silk shirt I was wearing. I too was tired and had a long day at work but I still brushed my teeth and hair, put on make-up and smiled when I greeted him. 

Debbie should of been an adult and canceled the date. Self-awareness is the key to living, my friend. Debbie didn't ask me any questions or say anything interesting at all.  Even when he was talking about his hobby that makes him "very happy" he did not crack a smile, he did not change his tone of voice like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

During the awkward silences (and there were many) I talked to the friendly bartender and the men near us who we watched buy wine for two women they didn't know. "Don't worry you don't have to talk us.", they said to the women. I leaned over, "That was nice of you!" I exclaimed to one of the men. He replied with a smile, "Hey, life's too short." I couldn't agree more.