It doesn’t matter what type of relationship you are looking for, there are times when you meet up with a new date and they are just not what you were expecting.
This can be quite common with internet dating, photos are not always up to date and there are people who dress up their profile so much that they are unrecognisable! Why? This achieves nothing but stress in the long run. I am a firm believer in truth being the best policy and I do expect the truth from others. Does this make me naïve? I don’t think so, as much as I expect the truth, I also understand that people will gloss over things and add some sparkle when it comes to their profiles, I take most things with a pinch of salt and a large dose of scepticism.
What should you do if you find yourself on a disaster date? The way I see it is you have two options. Firstly, you can sit it out and see what happens. After making all of that effort to get ready and actually go on the date why not just try to enjoy the evening? The alternative is to run for the hills, probably not the best option unless it is absolutely necessary.
So you decide to sit it out and see what happens but as the evening progresses it becomes increasingly unbearable and you have to get out! What do you do?
There are several options here and some are far more practical than others.
- The fake phone call. This one works but you have to be a convincing actor unless you have arranged for a friend to call you ‘just in case’. An emergency can be easily conjured but be careful as a call which is ‘too traumatic’ (family member in hospital) could lead to an offer of a lift to the hospital/home. Unless you have your car with you it could be tricky to get out of accepting!
- Calling an early night due to work commitments the next day could work but would depend on the day of the week (could you work on Sunday?). This could be a little transparent though.
- For those desperate moments when you really can’t stand to be near your date for a moment longer, there is always the bathroom window scenario. This should only be used in an emergency and will only work if there is a window in the toilet! This method of ditching the date is not fool proof and a couple of things need to be taken into account first. Can you fit through the window? Are you sure? Getting stuck will lead to colossal embarrassment and possibly a feature in the local news! The other thing to check is where the window leads to, is it on the first floor or above something which could provide a troublesome landing?
Of course I write this with a wry sense of humour, I would never recommend climbing through a window to escape a dating disaster (although I do know a couple of people who have considered it!). When you get to the stage of meeting someone, I hope you know enough about them to be comfortable and confident that you at least have one thing in common.