“There she is”

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On our third date, I met a guy at his house. He was showing me pictures in a photo album. When he came to a picture of himself, he said “There she is, in all her finest!”


Aftermath: We did not have a fourth date.

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“Mom’s approval”


I realized it was over when I wanted to spend more time with my mom and her 25-year-old boyfriend than with my boyfriend.


Aftermath: I used my mom as an excuse to dump him — “she didn’t approve” of my dating him.


“Hooters T-shirt”

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When I was 19, I dated this country boy while I was home from college for the summer. I knew it wouldn’t work when he showed up for a date one night in a Hooters T-shirt, cut-off shorts and high-top shoes. Then we went to a gravel pit and made out in the back of his pickup.


Aftermath: It was fun while it lasted (about a week), but we would never have made it past that “What does it all mean?” conversation.

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“My arm fell asleep”

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When we were in bed spooning one night, and my arm fell asleep underneath her. As I went to slide my arm out, she turned around and said, “What’s wrong with you? Don’t you love me?” She rolled over and bawled for the next hour, inconsolable.


Aftermath: Two months later, we were through. After my arm fell asleep, there was a constant boo-hoo over everything. I couldn’t take it.

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“Through teary eyes”


It was her turn to pick where we ate, but after 45 minutes of passing restaurant after restaurant, I finally looked over and asked her, “Really, where do you want to go?” She looked at me through teary eyes and said, “I don’t know!”


Aftermath: We ate salty food at T.G.I. Friday’s. She paid. We broke up the next day.