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    Wow you guys. It must be harder than I thought to act normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Wow you guys. It must be harder than I thought to act normal.
    Right? You'd think someone could hold it together for a cup of coffee and a scone.

    (Bonus for today though: I baked enough scones for tomorrow!)

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    Too funny Bae

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    I like it when people show their hand early--way preferable to those who hide all their dirt under the rug until you've invested a lot of time in them.

    That reminds me of the guy I met for drinks--recommended by a friend--who spent an hour or two going on about how Hitler was right--just misunderstood--and say, I hear you drive a Volkswagen! I admitted to being partially German, which practically sent him into paroxysms of delight. I didn't see him again--he was busted in California. last I heard, for gun trafficking. I've never been a fan of blind dates, and that sealed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Wow you guys. It must be harder than I thought to act normal.
    For some people... I guess I was pretty lucky when I was dating, though I heard some stories from the women I was dating. One involved a first date (!) in which the guy offered to "pop" her "divorce cherry" (she declined his generosity).

    I agree with Jane; better to see the dysfunction before you get too close. I preferred to meet in very public locations for the first couple of dates and always had something (even if it was organizing my shampoo bottles at home) scheduled for two hours after our date started so I had a ready excuse in case things were going south ("Oh, geez, I gotta get going..."). I was reticent on the details: didn't meet at my place (or theirs), used the throwaway email address until we became an item, etc. Though I was pretty fearless about "fishing off the company dock", the company at which I worked was big enough that, if things didn't work out, we didn't necessarily ever have to run across each other again.

    I enjoyed dating, but maybe that's because I didn't run into a string of -- umm -- interesting people like that.
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