Have you ever been the target of a “Sniper Date?”
Don’t know what I’m talking about? That’s because I just made it up.
A “Sniper Date” is when you’re on a date but don’t realize you’re on a date until the end, usually when the bill comes.
This happens to me ALL THE TIME.
To be fair, this is maybe because I’m a little dense and not totally “with it” when it comes to knowing if someone’s interested in me or not. Also, as I’ve said before, some gentleman have said I’m a little “intimidating.” That’s fine. But I’ll just have you know, when you mess with the bull, you’re going to get the horns.
I mean, is it too much to ask for some clarity? I want to know what we’re doing, as much as you probably want to know that I’m willingly doing it.
In this age of modern technology and lack of face to face communication, the art of the date has gone to the dogs.
Especially with Christians – we’re TERRIBLE at dating.
God bless Henry Cloud who is literally fighting an uphill battle to make us better at it.
Enough seriousness – let’s play a game! It’s called:
Is it a Date? (Cue game show music)
Question 1: You’ve just had an amazing walk through the park with incredible conversation and finished it off with coffee at that one adorable coffee shop. The lady paid for her own drink. Is it a date?
No way. So what your conversation was cute and you covered everything from the lack of closure in the newest Hunger Games movie to the passing of Giant George the Dog. No matter how “romantic” you thought your walk was if he didn’t pay for your triple grande whole milk latte it isn’t a date. Even if he did pay this is still ambiguous.
Question 2: You and a “friend” plan to hang out over dinner. You were thinking Chick-fil-a and at the last minute he changes his mind and suggests a quaint Italian restaurant. You have apps, zerts, drinks and chicky-chicky–parm-parm (Tom Haverford lingo for Chicken Parmesan). At the end of the evening the bill comes. You offer to split but he insists upon paying. Is it a date?
Girl, you’ve just been date sniped. Get ready for an awkward conversation if you’ve put that Man in the friend zone …
Question 3: A guy calls and asks you on a date. He takes you to the McDonalds drive through, you never get out of the car, your McNuggets were stale and the whole thing lasted about 30 minutes. Is it a date?
Sure is. He called it a date. Probably, without fail, the WORST date you’ve ever been on, but at least he had the guts to call it what it is. Terrible, but still a date.
Question 4: A gentleman calls and asks to take you out on date this Saturday. He picks you up at your apartment and drives to the local brewery, where the two of you go on the brewery tour. You stay after a little to sample the local fair, and then you head to your next destination, your personal favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant and have an amazing dinner. Finally the night is topped off with ice cream and a walk around the lakes. He’s footed the bill for the entire night. Is this a date?
Abso-friken-lutly. Not only is this a date, but this man has mastered the art form of the “multi-stage date.” Girl, you just found yourself an Olympic dater. #winning.