13 Jul

I had a another match.com first date last week that really threw me for a loop.

I’d emailed back and forth with this new guy a few times and we decided to meet up for a drink.  As part of my pre-date ritual, I generally review the guy’s profile to remind myself of his stats – what he does for a living, where he’s from, shared interests, and any other possible conversation topics.  (It’s kind of like cramming for an exam – you cram your mind full of info and then dump it all out in a 2 hour period, likely never to remember it again.)

As I clicked through his pictures, I noted how oddly familiar he looked.  I knew we hadn’t been out on a date before (or I was pretty sure of it anyway,) but he looked SO familiar that I thought maybe we’d met through friends or seen each other in passing at some point.  I figured it would come to me eventually, and so I headed out for the date.

As we shared a bottle of wine, I was going crazy trying to figure where we’d met or who it was that he looked like.  And then it hit me.  He was the spitting image of one of my high school teachers, (who, by the way, I shared a love-hate relationship with…as in, we loved to hate each other.  I think at one point I may have been marked down just for showing up to class; in turn I created posters with his face on various evil characters’ bodies.)  The point is, my Look-A-Like date could have been this guy’s twin brother.

From that point on, that’s all I could see.  I tried desperately to listen to what he was saying and be involved in the conversation, but all I could see was this teacher staring back at me, marking me down for tardiness or calling me out for my incessant chatter.  It was driving me so crazy, in fact, that I had to excuse myself to secretly post a Facebook message (via my cell phone,) on my old teacher’s Wall.

The thing is, I’m sure Look-A-Like is a nice guy.  In fact, before I made the connection, we’d had great conversation and things were going just fine.  After my epiphany however, it was all over.

As he walked me home that night, I knew I’d never go out with him again.

The next day I got a Facebook response from my teacher that said this:

“Sorry to hear that. Though ACTUALLY, I find it poetic justice if you end up really liking this guy.”

Quite fitting really.


5 Responses to “Look-A-Like”

  1. Sonya July 13, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    I like this story. I just think it’s cute that you keep in touch, or least facebook, a former teacher. too funny.

  2. Justin July 13, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    The real question is… why do you have your old teacher on your Facebook? Maybe you secretly want him. 🙂

  3. Matt.H July 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    You should have done some roll playing, you know the whole school girl outfit thing, that way you and the “teacher” could have worked out your difference’s.

  4. Ron July 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    If you have a ‘love/hate relationship’ with your old teacher, why did you friend him on Facebook?

    You should have taken a picture of you making out with the match.com guy and posted it to the teacher’s facebook page and then say “thank you for fulfilling my fantasy by allowing me to makeout with my history teacher. I think you’re dreamy”

    It’s still not too late.

  5. MatchDotCom July 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    First off, I really like your pre-date ritual. I’m definitely going to have to use that technique on before my next date…

    And don’t worry, I totally keep in touch with some of my elementary and high school teachers via Facebook, although it would be creepy if I ever ran into any one of them on our site…


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