There's nothing more awkward then standing around waiting for your date for 20 minutes, only to realize that your date has been standing next to you the entire time. There are so many reasons why you might not know what your date looks like. Maybe they don't look like their photo? Maybe you have amnesia and weren't able to Memento their face? No matter what the why is, it's never not awkward.
If someone's running five minutes late, that's fine. But when your date is running an hour and a half late, there's no way to not get pity looks from the waitress. She'll keep on bringing you free breadsticks, because she can sense that you don't want them, you need them.
There's nothing worse than sitting through an hour long date with someone you know that you never want to see again based off of the first five minutes. You can't be dismissive of them, like you're the Queen of England, so you have to sit through a meal that you foolishly ordered trying to pretend you care about their favorite music. Your brain is saying, "I need to get the fuck out of here," but your mouth is saying, "You were in Bali? That sounds exciting!"
If you leave the date capable of writing an in-depth biography on the other person, then they've shared too much. There should be some mystery in relationships. Maybe what you had for lunch everyday in third grade should be one of those mysteries?
Conversely, if your date refuses to answer any personal questions about themselves, you've got a problem. Are you out on a date with a spy? Someone in the witness protection program? Or just a boring person? It could be any one of those!
Nobody wants to go out with someone who's caught up on themselves. The only reason why your date asks you where you're from is so they'll have an excuse to talk about where they're from. And the only reason why you guys are sitting in that corner is so they can look at themselves in the mirror behind you.
When you start looking for the nearest exit, like you're the safety captain, you know your date isn't going well. It's hard to be focused on what the other person is saying when you're looking for the sign denoting the proper route to leave in case of a fire. And it's also hard to focus on the other person when you're contemplating starting said fire so that you'd have an excuse to get the hell out of there.
When everything is over and you're walking back to your cars, there's always that awkward moment of wondering how you should end the date. Should you kiss the other person? Or should you just run away quickly to avoid the whole thing?
14. You Try To Kiss The Other Person And It's Weird
When you go in for the kiss, you gotta read the room. If the other person is standing there with their arms folded and muttering how much they don't want to kiss you under their breath, probably not a good sign. Don't kiss that person!
15. Wondering If You Should Text The Other Person When It's Over
The great thing about first dates is that they can still be awkward even when they're over! You have to decode what the other person means when they say, "Thanks! That was fun!" Good fun or bad fun? Do they want you to text them? You know what, it's probably easier just to skip it and die alone.