Friday, August 13, 2010

The things I get myself into sometimes

Have you read my Meridian Magazine column about the $30 Date Challenge yet? If not, go read it!
In the column I ever so boldly agree to take the challenge myself. And I really want to. There's just a few major problems. Starting with, I don't remember the last time I spoke to someone that wasn't related to me. Which makes it really hard to meet eligible men. Second, any eligible men I do know live about 4 hours away. Third, rule #2 of the challenge "2. Don’t ask out someone you have a major crush on. That’s too much pressure for this challenge. Ask out someone you trust will be enjoyable." There is someone I would love to ask (or greatly fear asking, depending on how you look at it), but it violates rule #2. Fourth problem, whomever I choose to ask has to be a good sport. After all, approximately 50,000 people (yes, really, that many) are going to be reading about the date.
Is it possible for me to plan a date with no pressure knowing 50,000 people will be reading about it?
More importantly, anybody want to find me the perfect date? He just has to be charming, fun, interesting, a very good sport, able to put up with me, intelligent, and fairly good looking. Must currently be within a 4-5 hour drive of me. Also, not my cousin. Suggestions? Anyone?


  1. Sorry... I had to check funny AND depressing - just because...well, it really is both!

    Ha. Good luck!

  2. Anonymous12:11 AM

    Well now that you knocked cousins out, um my black book is empty :) This should be fun and if I ever get my husband home I might just try it with him.


  3. Anonymous5:19 AM

    Erin, you issued the challenge to take the pressure and trauma off dating. Now you are looking for the perfect date? That is adding pressure. Why not take a second or third cousin? Your goal isn't to marry them, but to restore your faith in the process. I get a lot of fun dates from online sites. (Not specificially LDS ones - ones with plenty of locals) Today I'm going for sushi. Is he perfect? No, he is six inches shorter than me. We will probably not marry. The goal is to improve my interactions with men and see what I like.

  4. "anonymous"
    I know how to talk to men, and I do enjoy talking to them. I'm not looking for a practice date. Maybe I should also clarify that I will never put the words "cousin" and "date" in the same phrase. Especially not when I have to write about the date for 50,000 people to read.

  5. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Good luck. You are a great writer and I look forward to the article. I hope you weren't offended by my suggestion. It is pretty common in West Virginia to date cousins. I don't know mine that well, but you may already know yours very well.


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