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I sometimes did this two or three times a week, trudging to yet another happy hour spot with fingers crossed.At first it was fun and exciting, and my spirits were unfazed by the drunk rugby player who got too handsy or the Ph D candidate who looked nothing like his picture and spent most of the date presenting his thesis.Many college students aren’t 21 and can’t order drinks to smooth first-date jitters.
Sure, I’d hoped my story would be an old-fashioned one. The idea of a date — dressing up, meeting someone we don’t know for dinner and engaging in sober conversation — is anxiety inducing, on par with a job interview.He stopped it with his foot and asked, “What time am I picking you up?” In today’s sensitive cultural climate, that would be met with pepper spray to the face and a swift kick to the testicles.Before my last date, I spent 30 minutes in my room pacing and thinking of things to say.I considered bringing flash cards with conversation topics on them.
And if there’s a pregame with people we don’t know, we drink before that, too.