For a Good Time, Don't Call

Story Sent in by Jeffrey:

Claudia and I met online. Everything about our first series of interactions was storybook: she sounded very happy that I had contacted her, we shared lots of favorite films, and we grew up near each other. I asked her out to dinner.

At dinner, she passed me a piece of paper with a series of seven names and numbers on them. All guys' names.

"What's this?" I asked her.

"Guys I've dated," she said, "Just to be completely transparent with you."


She gave me a look and asked, "You've never done this before?"

"Dating? Yes. A list of references? No."

She said, "They're not references. They're guys I've dated, in case you need to check on… anything."

"Like what? Why would I care who you've dated?"

She said, "I don't know. I figure that you might want to take a look and I don't know, get in touch…"

"Why would I do that?" I asked, pushing the paper back toward her. "I appreciate the thought but I'm not going to contact your exes."

"Suit yourself," she said, in a tone that sounded like she was genuinely surprised that I wasn't taking her up on it. "How about you?"

"How about me what?"

"Do you have anyone I… I don't know… should be contacting?"



There was an awkward minute of silence, and then I changed the subject. She didn't make much eye contact with me and stopped being a good conversationalist from then on. I think that I really disappointed her, or else made her think that I wasn't interested.

I tried one last time with, "I want to get to know you without having to call anyone else to find out about you. I figure you'd prefer that."

She said, "Fine. Whatever."

After the night was over, I sent her a quick email to let her know that I had a good time. She wrote back to say that she didn't feel any chemistry. I wonder if I'm to expect a call from one of her future dates.


  1. I've got this one figured out. The first person on the list is someone who recently dumped her, and she's trying to get a lot of guys to call him to prove she's moved on and doesn't care.

  2. She wanted you to fight her seven evil exes, so her life would be like the movie!

  3. Andrew is pretty clever.

  4. Agnes: If only life were more like Scott Pilgrim (the comic)

  5. The great flaw of my life, Joshua, is that my life is not more like any literary example.

  6. She just gave him the list of names and numbers so she could justify trying to intrude into the OP's private life and be controlling and/or jealous. When he refused to reciprocate, she lost all interest.

  7. Andrew has it right.
    Oh and Agnes, be thankful it's not, your life could be like twilight (shudder).

  8. ^ *eyetwitch*

  9. @Twilight Reference

    I haven't read any of the books or seen any of the movies, but does anyone else think that movie, Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner looks pretty good?

    Not bad for someone who looks life a llama.


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