Saturday, January 29, 2011

What's Your Favorite Dating Experience?

This is a plea to all those who have ever been on an interesting, fun, embarrassing, humorous, romantic, etc. date. (Or have heard about one.) I've been mulling over ideas for my next romantic comedy and could use a little help coming up with some fun scenes.

A brilliant friend of mine, Heather, recently said to me, "Fact is stranger than fiction." Thanks for the reminder, Heather, and so true! Real life experiences do make the best fodder for stories, and I know you all have a great story to tell, so let's hear them!

In return, should your story appear in my next book, I promise to thank you profusely in my acknowledgment section. :)

12 comments:

  1. I took my ex out for his birthday one night. I planned it all out and was soo excited. We were just starting to hang out on his last birthday and his parents were out of town on his birthday. I didn't know it was his bithday at the time, I picked him up from school and knew he was in a bad mood. He told me he would be all alone on his birthday. I immediately drove to the store and ran in and grabbed what I could, which was a twinkie and some candles. Took him to the park that over looks the river and sat him at a bench and told him to close his eyes which I then presented him with a twinkie cake and sang happy birthday. He was so surprised he kissed me and said he would always remember this birthday

    One year later we have been together for a year and I was excited for his birthday. I made plans to take him to a really nice restraunt and we did our twinkie cake again so we could laugh about it. I made the mistake of telling his mom where I was taking him. GRRRR. I got all dressed up and was excited to spoil him for his birthday. We are sitting down and ready to order when in walks his mom and she just joins us for dinner. Which made everything far from romantic when we had to entertain her and trun the conversation to her and I ended up paying for her too! Needless to say it ruined my plans

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  2. Was on a date in college for a formal dance. We cooked steaks for our dates. When sitting down next to my date at dinner and attempting to cut my very tough but cheap steak, my hand slipped and hit the edge of my plate causing a catapult type action of the plate's contents onto my dates lap. Sour cream with a tie anyone?

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  3. Jolene, Thanks! Love the Twinkie cake. What a great tradition and brilliant too because it's so easy. Just be sure to keep the mother in the dark next year. :)

    Valorie, That was laugh out loud funny! I can only imagine how your date reacted (which makes me laugh even harder). Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. In high-school my best friend and I had asked each other's crushes out to the winter formal. Yah, it was a cop-out. But we were all planning to go together and I was terrified of boys anyway, so it was a step-up from datelessness. We weren't expecting them to decide to get us back for embarrassing them when we asked them. (Long story including a five am wake-up call and parading them around town in short skirts) As soon as they showed up they handcuffed me and my bestie together. Cute. But did I mention it was the middle of the winter, in Oregon. Ice, meets high-heels and results in two girls in formals splayed across the ground. AND....one dress whose split now goes alllll the way up the back. lol. They were gentlemanly and averted there eyes and handed me a coat. Thank goodness I had a spare dress, changed, had a fabulous dinner, great time at the dance, until it was time to take pictures and the guys had disappeared (Did I mention they went to another school) Suddenly everyone is laughing as two dudes come sauntering through the dance floor dressed...no longer in tuxes, but in wetsuits. Have the official pictures to prove it. lol. It was really a fun, fun date and I didn't even mind when my date was making out with my best friend in the back seat. I was just happy I hadn't actually killed the guy I liked with the whip-cream fork incident, but maybe that's another story all-together. Ha.

    Good luck finding your story and enjoy.

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  5. Love it, Rebekah! Now you have me wondering about the whip-cream incident. Sounds like you're full of stories. :)

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  6. This isn't favorite like I liked it, but it's funny. In college to make extra money, I worked for the alumni association calling alumni and asking for donations. My roommate made a double blind date for us for the next weekend with one of the recently graduated alumni one of whom lived in my home town. We went home to stay at my parents house that weekend and met up with them at a totally deserted night spot. My roommate hit it off with her guy right away, but the guy I was with was a spitter. He sprayed everywhere when he talked. We took a bathroom break and I pretended to dry my shirt off under the hand dryers and told my roommate I wanted to go home. I said, "Jim, the alumni spitter has done about all I can take." The other lady in the bathroom burst out laughing and left. We ended the date pretty soon after that, and I vowed never to go out with him again.

    Don't ask me why, but he called during the week when I was back in college and I guess I thought I'd give him a second chance so I agreed to go out with him. He picked me up at my dorm and it was a disaster from the start. He took me out for sub sandwiches and at one coated in mayo, which I can't stand. All I kept looking at while he was spraying me was the mayo in the corners of his mouth. Then we were supposed to go to a movie, but instead went to his friend's house where we sat around and listened to our school's football game on the radio because we were under sanctions and couldn't be shown on t.v. I couldn't follow on it sitting at the game much less listening to it on the radio. So far, not much fun. Still had the mayo in the corners of his mouth and still spit when he talked. It was even worse when he was excited. After the game was over he said, "Well, I could take you home or we could go to the Porpoise," (a college hangout). We ended up at the Porpoise where he at chicken wings getting the sauce all over his face. There wasn't enough beer in the world to make me drunk enough to kiss this guy or go out with him again. Finally the date was over and he walked me all the way to my door. There I am my two roommates in the room and I'm trying to shut the door on his face when he pushes himself in and sits down to tell us stories about high school. Apparently he was on his high school baseball team and said he was a "rider of the lonesome pine". He had to explain that meant he was a bench warmer. I really thought he'd never leave. Finally at two in the morning I told him we had a curfew about boys being in our room and he had to leave. I'm pushing him out the door and he's trying to get a kiss and I'm remembering the mayo and the chicken wings and the spitting and so I stuck my hand out which he kissed and I closed the door locking it. My roommates had a huge laugh over Jim the Spitter. And he called several times to ask me out again. I was never home as far as he was concerned. But I will never forget what a "rider of the lonesome pine" is to this day. It was the only worthwhile thing I retained out of that date.

    Heather
    Oh, I didn't change his first name so if you use this story you might want to do that. He'd recognize rider of the lonesome pine.

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  7. Heather,
    Okay, seriously gross. I laughed the entire time, especially when I read that you agreed to a second date. You are a brave soul. Thank you!

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  8. One time a guy I liked asked me out. He was studying to be a pilot and so he took me up in a tiny little plane with another mutual friend of ours.
    The scenery was beautiful. I think he started showing off with curves and ups and downs. I started feeling sick and I mean really sick. I was sweating and when they looked back I guess I was green.
    He quickly emptied his flight bag and handed it to me. I totally puked inside it. Then I zipped up the bag and took it home.
    Nasty!
    I was so embarrassed but they were both very nice about it. I can't imagine how awful the cockpit of that tiny little plane must have smelled.

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  9. This popped into my head earlier today. It was a date my husband set up about 3 months after we were married. While I was gone one evening he decorated the living room with an undersea and hawaii theme. He also set the table and had fun plates/cups to match and made a delicious steak dinner. I was just so impressed by all the effort he put in.

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  10. Maggie, that's hilarious (although maybe not to you :))! Awesome date though. Thanks so much!

    Debbie, so cute and romantic! Those creative dates that obviously required lots of thought are the best. Thanks!

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  11. Rachel- What can I say? I was going through a dry spell- like a two year drought!

    Heather

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