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Dating disasters: He asked me for the 50 cents

KATHLEEN EDGE
Last updated 15:00 07/02/2013

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Back when I was single I had several friends set up dates for me, one of which was my friend's cousin, a hell of a great guy who was recently divorced.  

If there were three things that you would probably steer clear of in a conversation to someone you had just met, and possibly wanted to meet again, what would they be?

The first that emerged was his ex-wife, clearly a touchy subject, she had left him about a year ago. Let us remember that he bought it up - I was happy to never know anything about her.

After changing the subject several times, he managed to start on about politics. It took some effort to shift the conversation, and where did it go? Back to the ex-wife.

I sat there thinking, wow, all we need now is a conversation about religion and we would would have a hat trick. I can't make this stuff up. I got him to stop talking about the ex-wife to start talking about, wait for it, religion.

Bless him, he wasn't ready for the outside world yet, let alone a date. But then there was the icing on the cake. I'm a pretty modern girl and I really don't mind splitting the bill on a date, especially if I had no intention of seeing the guy again. It came to something like $81.00, so I gave him $40 to cover my half. He asked me for the 50 cents.


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