When I finally arrived, I apologized and hoped to have a bit of fun since the journey had been so long and awful.
Instead, I spent the night listening to my date talk about this cool project he did for three weeks at work—so cool I can’t even remember it now—and being asked whether I liked Disney and video games.
I hadn’t even finished my second drink.” –Anastasia, 27, Brooklyn “On my first-ever Tinder date, the man’s photos didn’t really give an idea of what he looked like and when he showed up, he was very funny and nice, but I knew I was never going to be attracted to him.
He spent all night chain-smoking, getting me very drunk, and then lunged in for a kiss before hopping on a bus home.
He was the quiet, brooding, artistic type back then, and I was hoping he still was.
When we first met up, everything seemed fine—he was outfitted as a hipster and even had a good job.
I woke up the next morning super hungover and had to tell him I wasn’t interested.The next weekend, he sent me a load of drunk texts asking why I didn’t like him and why I led him on.Awkward.” –Kate, 28, London “I was 45 minutes late to a first date because a kid literally got murdered for his bike along the bus route I was on.We spent the first hour date catching up, and then all of a sudden he got really serious and started taking me through his murky family health history: diabetes, cancer alcoholism, and mental illnesses of all kinds.When I asked him why he was telling me all this, he said, ‘Well, if we have kids someday, it’s best you know all of this now.’ KIDS?