If youre anything like me, you can barely tolerate like, 96% of the human population unless they genuinely have something to offer you. Like a free meal, for instance. Honestly, Im not even asking for that much, especially since Ive had to put up with a lot of bullshit in this excuse of a dating scene over the years, so really, its the least a guy could do.

Weve worked our entire pretend adult lives on how to round the bases by the end of a dreaded first dateor even how to receive a simple text back, because apparently that concept is now as laborious as a goddamn calculus equation. But sometimes life backfires, and we end up regretting all of our questionable decisions, including the one thats sitting right in front of us, incessantly chomping his romaine lettuce. In any similar case, aborting the mission is a must, especially if hes about to attempt some suave move by the time the well this was great fib rolls around. So basically what Im about to tell you to do is everything youve been taught to do on a first date, but I cant just stop here because Im getting paid hourly, and bitches gotta eat. In order to spare yourself the fucking agonizing cheek turn at the end of the longest two hours of your life, Ive come up with all the things Ive unknowingly done before that will ensure no physical contact will follow, without leaving you feeling like a complete c-word. Youll be so thankful you read this as youre politely ghosting rejecting him via text later on.

**This is to say you didnt already go to the bathroom to “freshen up” and GTFO by way of back window.

1. Dont Ask Him About Himself

If theres one thing I truly pride myself on, besides disguising a brunch blackout every Sunday, its the ability to talk about myself for hours on end. This will especially come in handy when he runs through a list of job interview questions as if he didnt already stalk you on social media beforehand. Give short Cliffnote answers, and when you wrap up a question, dont follow up with the same question. In fact, dont follow up with any question. The awkward silence in between inhaling your vodka soda(s) will drive him to plow through his entre and skip dessert in no time.

2. Use Body Language Cues

I once dated a guy who rambled on about his Costco steamer for like, 45 minutes straight. HIS FUCKING STEAMER. I dont know for sure, but there was prob a string of drool hanging from my mouth from dozing off, and I wish I was making this shit up. But this is the part of the date where your chronic resting bitch face comes in good use. If you have to, act like hes talking about the steamer. Maybe prop your chin up on your hand, whip out that ugly double-chin yawn, IDK, check on your ratio of Instagram likes to minutes for all I care. Point soon-to-be taken.

3. Insist On Splitting The Bill

Nothing says friend zoned, motherfucker like insisting on going halfsies. Like, yeah, sitting through a monstrosity of a date without taking a butter knife to your eyeball should earn you a free meal at the very least, but hell get the message loud and clear if you just put forth some cash. Oh, and this can also be used as a test to see if he actually lets you paygod, Im the worst.

4. Give Him A False Time Constraint

Heres the thing: I chose writing as a career because its cheaper than therapy and my friends are sick of my incessant bitching. I may live on a strict diet of whatever I can fit into my purse from the office cafeteria, but I use my profession to its full advantage (besides times like now when I generously impart my extensive wisdom upon you for a nominal fee), and will always blame cutting a bad date short on my “deadlines” when the situation is 9-1-1. Nine times out of 10, youll know within the first five minutes of a date if you can barely tolerate some narc who showed up in pink Chubbies to talk about his new personal training business before the bread even comes. I promise, a time constraint is a 100% proven quick dip-out when youre being suffocated by a guy who shit on the service all night and gave an 8% tip.

5. Play The “Sick” Card

Has anyone in the history of anyone ever fucked with someone who says they have diarrhea? No. Case closed.

6. Be A Hot Mess

Now is the time to skip to like, year two of a relationship timeline and be yourself aka who you really are when your roommate is out of town for a week. Dont know what Im talking about? Yeah fucking right. Give your lady bits a little scratch, pick the black mascara goop our of your eye crevice and wipe it on your pants, I dont fucking care. Just channel your true authentic self aka Marlon Wayans in . Or just do as I would do and get obliterated on his dime.

7. Be An Ugly Mess

Remember that one time you found out about your exs blonde side chick and you were so mad, you catapulted a rock through his car window? You know, the kind of shit you take to the grave? So tell him. In full detail. Maybe throw in your political views out there while youre at it. Oh, and while youre ahead, let him know that your parents divorce was the root of all your trust issues and your utter disgust of the male species as a whole. Nothing is a bigger boner killer than spewing your baggage out onto the table before he even knows what you do for a living. This guy will be Forrest Gump-ing his ass out the door before you even have a chance to say, drive safe!

8. Start Talking Futuristic & Become Clingy

If you really want to nix this guy, youre gonna have to do some damage control. Long ago, a wise woman once gifted a man she barely knew with a love fern and an entire Photoshopped family album only to fall in love in the process of pushing him away, because its a RomCom so JK on that. Im not saying you have to go FULL Kate Hudson on his ass, but mentioning baby fever on the first date will definitely help get you one step closer. Hell also probably shit himself once you discuss any sort of future commitment that involves him and/or bringing him to your best friend’s wedding in April. You get what Im putting down, but on the flip side, if he actually agrees to spend a weekend with your closest friends celebrating their love after a first date, then weve got bigger problems, and I dont get paid enough to help you with that.

Happy curving!

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