Dateline: "I regret my decision to let him pick me up."
Will the adorable tiger cubs at the zoo soften our narrator on her date's bad jokes?
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2:00 p.m. – Date picks me up at my place. His car is clean, but he plays a mix of Kenny Chesney and Chris Brown the whole way.
2:22 – Arrive at the zoo. Date informs me that his grandma hasn't transferred money to his account yet — can I please pay for our entrance? He'll pay me back later. I agree, mostly to end the awkward conversation. It's not like I can refuse and go home — I don't have a car and the zoo is a few miles outside the city.
2:25 – Watching napping tigers. Old couple offers to take our picture; my date returns the favor and makes some cute comments about how long love lasts. I start to think I might be able to like him.
2:45 – African-American family with children are being rowdy near the concert pavilion. I smile and make a comment about how sweet family time is. He makes a joke about black men in prison enjoying sex in the shower. For the second time, I regret my decision to let him pick me up.
3:00 – Awkward silence from his completely inappropriate joke finally ends when he asks me about my family. I yammer about them while picking up the pace, hoping to make it through the rest of the exhibits quickly.
3:10 – We're near the end at the penguin enclosure. He pushes me against the fake cave wall and kisses me. His force startles me. I don't reciprocate but also don't openly reject him. The drive back is at least twenty minutes long.
3:20 – He starts talking about what we can do tomorrow, and I try to be non-committal. I mention that I have finals coming up.
3:25 – He starts asking me why I'm going to school. I interpret his questions as genuine interest until he makes a comment about women getting pointless degrees. I weigh the option of paying forty dollars for a cab to take me home.
3:30 – I convince him to drop me off at a coffee shop five minutes away, where I've texted a friend to meet me. He asks if I want him to wait with me, but I don't feel like buying him a latte. I tell him that she's just around the corner and I'll be fine.
3:32 – He seems annoyed, but hugs me goodbye then steals another forceful kiss as I pull away. He says he'll text me.
4:00 – My friend arrives and I tell her all about our date. I get a text from him asking if he can take me to dinner tonight. He says he needs to pay me back still. I send back a quick "I'm busy tonight." He replies, "I'll let it slide this time, but normally I expect my woman to make time for me."
4:01 – I tell him not to worry about paying me back. I don't see myself ever having much time for him in the future.