Best dating stories

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.

When I showed up to the bar he’d chosen, he was already pretty plastered. Finally, I managed to get small talk going and it came up that I have a short list of things that make me instantly not trust someone: If you don’t like pizza; if you wear socks to bed every night; if a mustache is your only facial hair; and if you don’t like dogs.

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.

It was ridiculous, but, lucky for him, we both started cracking up.” –Laurel, 30, Indianapolis “My first date in college was with a guy named Ian. I got super dressed-up and went to the campus bar to meet him.

It turned out to be a different Ian than the one I THOUGHT I would be meeting.

I replied, “Ohhhhh, you thought I meant the bathroom at the bar?

I meant the one in my apartment.'” –Mary, 26, Manhattan “I went on a blind first date with a man who lived with a guy who my roommate met on Tinder—what a time to be alive. But I’m a trooper, so I tried to stick it out to be nice.

Side note, he had greeted me with a ‘you look like your photos! or replying to future texts.” –Casey, 28, San Francisco “My first Tinder meet-up also happened to be my first date after a shattering breakup, and I felt all kinds of badass for finally getting back out there.

I was already into this guy—his pictures were cute and the texting was good.

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.

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