Feb 132011
 
Authors: Rachel Childs

Perfect dates walking on the beach as the sunsets stick in memory long after the sun has come up and the candles have burned out.

But bad dates make for better dinner conversation.

Last year, junior natural resources and business major Austen Miller decided it would be a good idea to take his date to The Melting Pot in Boise, Idaho.

The night was going well. A dark, romantic setting made the restaurant a perfect place to land a second date or even a good night kiss.

But little did he know, the night wouldn’t continue as he had planned.

Freshman political science major Maura Stewart’s evening began with a simple text.

“A few Saturdays ago a guy I met briefly on campus shot me a text asking if I wanted to go bowling,” Stewart said in an e-mail to the Collegian. “I assumed it would be a group thing because after all, it is bowling. Wrong.”

Her date, a 24-year-old man, pulled up to Westfall Hall in a large, blue van with curtained windows and a creepy vibe.

“Instead of making an excuse to not go, I pretty much was like, ‘I’ve got nothing better to do,’” she said.

She got into the van despite her gut feeling that it would be a bad idea and went for a night she will never forget.

Meanwhile, Miller’s night moved to dessert-boiling melted chocolate and fruit. His date stuck the metal poker into a piece of banana, dipped it in the chocolate and put it up to his face for a taste. Miller jerked his head, scalding his face.

“I wiped it off as quick as I could before it could burn me, then laughed because she didn’t believe me when i said it was partially my fault for moving my head,” he said in an e-mail to the Collegian.

While inconvenient, the incident did not send him running for the door. “I honestly thought it was hilarious,” he said.

Stewart’s date did not leave her laughing. Her date drove her to his mother’s house, where he also lived, to get his professional-style bowling ball and shoes, then to their destination.

“When we finally made it to the bowling alley it was around 9 o’clock, and there wasn’t a group to be found,” she said.

Her date helped himself to a pitcher of beer as they waited for late-night bowling to start. Frequent bathroom breaks allowed her release from his life story, but it was not enough to make her stay longer.

Stewart told him she had to leave by midnight, or she would be locked out. He offered a spare room in his house.

“I straight out said ‘no.’ This guy was crazy as hell,” she said.

He refused to let her drive, despite having had a few drinks, which added to her fear. She bolted to her dorm, forever wary of impromptu dates.

Bad dates, although scarring, provided both students with life lessons they can use in future, more successful outings.

Miller’s experience, while not a deal breaker, taught him to keep still when being fed food.

“Also, stay away from sharp objects that someone else is controlling, especially if they are hot,” Miller said.

Stewart also has a message for anyone caught in the same dangerous situation.

“Ask questions before agreeing to go anywhere, and if you did not agree, go with your intuition not by ‘I’ve got nothing better to do,” she said.

Staff writer Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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