Submitted by Cary:
I messaged Anna on a dating site. She lived about 50 miles away, but her profile described a nearly perfect woman for me. I understand that people oftentimes post profiles that aren't true reflections of themselves, but she hit so many nails on the head, that if even some of them were accurate, then I imagined that we could have really had something special.
Our messages went back and forth for a while and were overwhelmingly positive. After a few weeks, I asked her if she'd want to meet up. She said that she would. Great. Where should we meet?
"I'll come to you!" she said. Stupendous.
Then, two days before, she let me know that she couldn't come out to me. "I don't have a car," she explained, "And I won't take the train."
"A train hit my uncle when I was a little girl."
"Okay. I can probably make it out to you, but when you said at first that you'd come out to me, how were you planning to do it, if you don't have a car and won't take the train?"
"I don't know."
The day that I was going to drive out to see her, I called her to let her know that I was on my way. Voicemail.
I made it out to the coffee place where we were supposed to have been meeting, and she was a no show. I called her phone. Voicemail.
I waited for fifteen minutes when she called me. Where was she? She had gotten a ride from a friend to... you guessed it! My town... fifty miles away.
"Miscommunication" is what she called it, but I had been crystal clear when discussing the logistics of the day. Why would there be any kind of miscommunication? Why would I have assumed hat she could have made it out to see me after she had made it so clear that she couldn't?
I was really tired of her by this point, and I strongly suggested shelving the entire plan. She pleaded with me not to, and said that she could wait around my town for a bit. I told her it would probably take me about an hour to make it back there. She said that that would be too long, then asked me if I'd wait for her at the coffee place. No way. Goodbye.
Even trains can be lucky.
Submitted by Cary: