Bad Dates

July 10, 2009

At my family reunion a few weeks ago, a number of the cousins sat around swapping dating stories, which quickly dissolved into “tell us about the worst date you’ve ever had.” It was awesome. When my cousin Emily told us about her 6+ foot, 250 pound date who leaped around the living room, over the couches, and under the piano on his hands and feet (NOT hands and knees) imitating Gollum, we were all in absolute stitches.

I haven’t had a lot of bad dates, fortunately. But I do have one crowd pleaser story, which I pull out on occasion.

During my freshman year at BYU, I went on a few dates with this guy who was also from Las Vegas. We’d had a good time together, and I suspected he was at least marginally interested in me and I was definitely somewhat interested in him (despite having a sort-of boyfriend, but, you know, I was 18 and I didn’t care).

One week, after several dates, he called me up and asked if I wanted to go shooting with him on Saturday morning. I said yes, despite never having shot a gun in my life (that I can remember).

Saturday morning came and he came to pick me at my building. I was waiting in the lobby; he came in and then we walked out to his truck together.

Imagine my surprise when I got into the truck and he said, “This is Jenny, this is Lauren, this is Becca and this is Sidney.”

Yes, there were four other girls in the car. Four!

On our way out to the middle of nowhere, where we could shoot in safety, he stopped to fill up with gas. While he was out of the car, one of the girls said, “So, did any of you know that you weren’t going to be the only one here?” And what do you know; every one of us thought we were going to be lone date.

I can’t remember if we ever went out again, but I will never forget the guts of this guy to ask out five girls and never mention to any of them that they’d be only one of five.

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  • Reply lacie tidwell July 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm


  • Reply Lady Susan July 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm


  • Reply Nina G July 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I've never hear this one. Please tell me this weekend who this lover-boy was. I'll glare at his parents next time I see them . . .

  • Reply Katie Rich July 10, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I always wondered how the courted in polygamy. Now I know.

  • Reply Corbett Family July 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    That's funny. I had the opposite thing happen once. A guy asked me to a movie and when he came to pick me up we sat in the backseat of his friend's car. I assumed that we were driving to pick up his friend's date and instead we drove to pick up another guy. It seems that my date was just using his friend to drive us. Let's just say it was a little awkward going to the movies with three guys–one of whom was my date.

  • Reply Ashley July 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm


  • Reply lacie tidwell July 10, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    to be fair it was only a group date- he just didn't understand the full concept of a group date…

  • Reply Jess July 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    It's like that episode of SATC when Charlotte meets the guy at the cemetery and then he invites a million women to a little memorial for his dead wife. Why would anyone DO that? If you're dating multiple people, don't you normally not want them to know about each other?

  • Reply tootie July 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    That is too funny! It reminds me of a "date" from the show The Bachelor, when there's so many girls and the lone guy.

  • Reply Becca July 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Please tell me this wasn't Brett Neilson. 🙂 Hahaha…

  • Reply Rhiannon July 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Someone had a pretty high opinion of himself, it seems!

    It reminds me of an episode of Sex and the City in which one character dates a widower who invites her to visit his late wife's grave. When she arrives at the gravesite, there are about 5 other women there.

  • Reply Emily July 10, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Oh my! That's hilarious. One of my worst would be the guy I was sort of dating who kissed me for the first time when we were at the park. Then we walked back to the car, he opened my door, then said, "Be right back, I've got to pee!" and ran over to a bush and peed. I was sitting in the car thinking, "What did I just do??" And I'm sad to admit I dated him for like 3 more months but, in my defense, I moved to college and kept dating him because it was easier and I only saw him like twice a month.

    Now I wish I hadn't shared that story because I think it might make me look worse than him!! Haha!

  • Reply Packrat July 10, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I'm glad you can look back on it and laugh. 🙂

  • Reply ellen July 11, 2009 at 5:05 am

    That's a great story! I wonder how many wives that guy has?!?

  • Reply Kimberly F. July 11, 2009 at 11:50 am

    That is a great story. Props to you for sharing it, I keep all my bad date stories safely under wraps (but probably because mine make me look worse than him, sadly).

  • Reply Holly July 12, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Hahaha! The Gollum guy actually sounds like rather entertaining company! Much more my kind of guy than your experience! :O

  • Reply Ben and Summer July 12, 2009 at 5:40 am

    That. is. awesome. Thanks for sharing, now I can sit back and reminisce about my bad dates. I wonder if he's married…?

  • Reply megan July 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    That is so funny! I had a similar experience but with only one other girl, and ummm… the guy's mom was in the car too!

  • Reply Em July 13, 2009 at 2:46 am

    That's too funny! Bad dating stories are the best. 🙂

  • Reply Brianna Soloski July 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    That's a crazy story…he's a smooth move taking five girls out at once.

  • Reply Shelly July 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I think my favorite part is that he invited you all SHOOTING! Guns. He's lucky none of you were mad enough to take aim at him!

  • Reply Jenny July 14, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Oh, I have a good bad date story. You've inspired me to post about it. (soon)

  • Reply lightheartedlibrarian July 14, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I agree with Shelly–I don't think he thought the situation through. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kim July 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    You have GOT to be kidding me! I want to hear more about how this date went! Was it awkward? Did all the girls stay? Did he say anything later? Crazy!!

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