by Jillian Kramer
I was recently roped into a setup--and by "roped" I mean it had been so long since I'd had a date of any kind that I nearly leapt at the opportunity to chat over drinks with a strange man I'd never met. Pre-date, I did what any good millennial would do: I thoroughly cyber-stalked him. To my shock, the best information my journalistic sleuthing skills could uncover was a blurry, years-old photo of his face concealed beneath sunglasses and a baseball cap. I was going on a blind date whether I like it or not.
While they're increasingly uncommon in the age of Google, blind dates still happen. Based on a recent survey of young women--OK, a few of my girlfriends who were over drinking wine--here's what goes through women's minds before a date with a dude she's never seen:
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1. Seriously, what was I thinking?
2. ...and what kind of guy agrees to a blind date? He must be desperate. Or far-sighted.
3. What if I don't find him attractive? What if he's 5'5"?
4. Ugh, when did I get so shallow?
5. What if he doesn't find me attractive? What if he sees me and pulls a Rachel--slipping into the bathroom only to bolt through the window?
6. How will I know it's him? What if I sashay up to the wrong guy and waste my brilliant opening line?
7. Wait--what is my opening line?
8. Time to get dressed. Does this maxi say "cute yet casual"--and definitely not that I spent two hours talking to myself while practicing my "sexy walk" in every dress I own?
9. What's my emergency exit strategy in case he orders an amaretto sour?
10. Am I late? Oh, I still have five minutes. Should I cancel?
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(Answer: No. Because while you may not find your perfect match, you could always make a friend--or at least have a really good story to retell later.) Have you ever been on a blind date? What's run through your mind leading up to it?
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