Serial dating is a bleak enterprise fraught with disappointment, inexplicable rejections, and dead end encounters. I imagine this is what actors feel like on an endless audition loop, getting excited about a prospect, delivering a great performance, and waiting anxiously for the phone that never rings. This type of emotional roller coaster could make even the hardiest among us reach for the barf bag. After my fateful encounter with a flakey Australian who left me reeling for five days, barely able to function, I knew I needed to take a step back and examine why and how this one person I barely knew was able to decimate my self-confidence and productivity.
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In , I told my wife that I was going to marry her. The problem is, we were not dating yet. I lined up a grandiose night. We went to one of those fancy restaurants where you cook your own food over an open flame, followed up by a night of ice skating which we could barely do , and capped the evening with dessert and a few hours of good conversation.
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Remember that very first date? Sweaty palms. Awkward conversation. You probably even had a curfew.