All of my first dates, barring special circumstances, usually involve at least one alcoholic beverage. I am naturally a nervous person and while “booze takes the edge off” might be a cliché, I believe there is some truth to it. At some point, however, there is a difference between becoming more social and making an ass out of yourself.
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Here are a few indicators that your date has crossed that line.
A drink is spilled
This is probably nitpicking, as it’s possible to spill a drink without being hammered, but at the same time when it happens you can’t help but look at that person with new eyes. New, judgmental eyes.
They start quoting movies – way too much
Here’s the thing…we’ve all seen Anchorman.
They bring up their ex – way too much
Well, I’m glad we have established that I’m an awkward rebound situation that has no chance of actually going anywhere. Good stuff!
A karaoke bar is suggested
I’m not saying I don’t want to see my potential significant other strutting around belting out “White Wedding” (honestly, I really do) but in a lot of situations it might be a little too soon.
They laugh at something that they couldn’t possibly find funny
Sometimes I will make a joke that is meant for a specific audience, and just as it leaves my mouth I realize “wait a minute, this is an inside joke that she won’t get.” And when uproarious laughter follows, I feel super awkward. Sometimes a really sadistic part of me wants to continue until she is forced to confess that she doesn’t understand, but that’s probably a complex that deserves another article altogether!
Swearing. A lot of swearing.
I say some terrible things. I mean, some really terrible things. But when the F-bomb parade comes out early on in the dating process it isn’t a death sentence for the relationship by any means — it usually just means there is some liquor involved. As a side note, determining how comfortable your date is with cussing is often a daring tight rope walk.
They actually pass out (for a moment)
Anything longer than a moment and there is probably something else at work (narcolepsy, or you talking about stamps) but it’s pretty hard to deal with. Even though they are the ones making a fool of themselves, somehow you feel the shame. Sometimes dating is stupid.
When the night ends with, “Holy crap, you suck” instead of a vague promise to call…yeah, they’re drunk.