Try Explaining That to the Fire Department

Submitted by Lisa:

Scott and I were both in the same community theater production of Arsenic and Old Lace.  He tried really hard to impress me, but came off as a lovable dork, so I ended up asking him out.

We decided to meet at a park and then walk to dinner.  On our way there, he climbed a tree alongside a road and made it up pretty high in the branches.  He then called down for me to join him.

I'm afraid of heights, but I hoisted myself up to the lowest branch.  He called for me to climb higher and join him.  He must have been about ten feet further up, and I didn't much feel like climbing that high, so I lowered myself to the ground, told him that I was impressed with his climbing prowess, and then asked him if he felt like coming down so that we could continue with the date.

He said that he wasn't going to come down until I climbed up to him.  I told him that I didn't want to, and so a bizarre sort of stalemate settled in.  It was becoming late and I was hungry and I kept asking him to come down.  He refused.

It went back and forth like this for a half-hour before I threatened to leave.  He said, "Fine!  Leave!"  I shrugged and left.  I kept glancing back to see if he'd try to follow me, but he just stayed up there.  I hope that the tree showed him a good time, because I sure wasn't going to.


  1. Make like a tree and LEAVE!

  2. What a bizarre date and bizarre person. Maybe you lucked out that he stayed up there. What a weirdo!!! It's surprising the kind of people I meet here in these stories, because I don't know anybody quite so weird myself.

  3. Why didn't you just tell him you were afraid of heights? Seems like a pretty easy way to end the argument. If he still insisted on you climbing higher after that, then you could have just left and saved yourself some time.

  4. He obviously wanted to rape you in the tree.


    He probably did want to smooch you in the tree though.

  5. Why not just say you were afraid of heights, than to keep asking him to come down. Maybe there was a great view of something that he thought you'd really like, which is why he wanted you to climb up so bad. He'd seen you climb up onto one branch so probably just thought you were being lazy by not climbing further.

  6. "Fine! Leave!"

    Ohoho it sounds like Lisa was the unwitting victim of a hilarious set piece by the guy.

  7. No person needs an excuse ("afraid of heights") to avoid climbing a tree on a date. That's not quirky or cute to do. It's just plain insane and immature beyond belief. I'm glad she rejected him because that will reduce his chances to breed. Some people should just stay out of the gene pool.


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