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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.
He was a high school music teacher and I’d had painted him in my mind as an altruistic man of musical theory.
I showed up and found myself face-to-face with a version of the man who was ten years older and twenty pounds heavier than his pictures.
He showed up in a suit with a massive posh umbrella, and immediately I could tell we both weren’t into each other.
He seemed to want to leave with the belief that I fancied him, though, as some sort of ego boost.
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.
He spent all night chain-smoking, getting me very drunk, and then lunged in for a kiss before hopping on a bus home.
When I showed up, he decided he didn’t want to drink, so we took a walk and then ‘ended up’ right by his place.Dating is tough—the nerves, the outfit selection, the small talk, the nervous drinking and over-sharing, and that bit of spinach you didn’t know was in your teeth! And as the digital age continues to reign supreme, things have only gotten harder: There’s swiping and last logins to think about, and seeing exes pop up in eligible matches are just a few of the fun new challenges we face.That said, the silver lining of a weird, funny, or just plain bad date is that it always makes for a great story.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.
He was the quiet, brooding, artistic type back then, and I was hoping he still was.