The Problem with Standards

Submitted by Justin:

My first date with Claudia seemed to go just fine.  We did dinner, bowling, and we walked around a local mall, since the weather was too cold for a walk outside.

At the end of the date, I drove her home and right before she left my car, she turned to me and said, "Sorry, but you're no Ben."

I asked her, "Who's Ben?"

She answered, "My ex.  He's sort of the high-water mark. Don't feel bad, though.  No guy ever hits the Ben level.  I wonder if anyone will."

"If he was so great, then why is he your ex?"

"Eew," she said, and left the car.

I called after her that it was a valid question, but it must not have been the sort of question that Ben would have asked, since she didn't come back.


  1. Yes, it's a valid question, but it's also kind of a bitter question to ask, don't you think? Sad for her. Sad for you.

  2. 2 words. Big Ben.

    'nuff said.

  3. 3:24 awesome.

  4. I'd be a little bitter too if she just told me how much greater her ex was on her first date! That's not first date material!

  5. Yes, it's not first date material, but at least it lets you know early on that she's not second date material.

  6. I have a valid question; why are you geigh?

  7. Coulda Ben a contender.

  8. He didn't call her by phone. He called after her with his voice as she was leaving.

  9. He dumped her and she's not over him.


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