Congratulations to the winners of Find Keep Love‘s blog competition to celebrate 1,000 views and to find out your Best & Worst Dating Stories: Alastair, Sam, Michelle, Rob, Steph and Jamie. Here’s the text from the original post:
Find Keep Love has now passed 1,000 views and continues to climb! To celebrate this milestone, and to thank all the readers and contributors so far, we’re delighted to announce a competition, in collaboration with eHarmony.co.uk, to find out your Best & Worst Dating Stories.
Did the universe align for one special moment? Did a set of unbelievable circumstances result in something serendipitous? Did your date or partner do something outrageously romantic and beautiful to win you over?
Or did things go horribly wrong? Did a trusted family member or friend set you up with someone completely wrong for you? Did something embarrassing happen to you or your date? Have you sent the wrong message to the wrong person while dating?
PRIZE WINNERS – BEST DATING STORIES
Dashing Prince Rescues Damsel In Distress. Travelling for a sales job, I had a flat tire off the main highway, outside of a small village. My mobile phone reception was poor and I was struggling to get through to the AA for help. Then a nice (and attractive!) guy came along, pulled over and offered his assistance. He’d clearly done it before and replaced the tyre in no time. I offered him dinner next time I was in town, which happened to be in two weeks’ time. We hit it off amazingly well, and we’re still together today. We still laugh at fortunate unfortunate situation and at the “damsel in distress” comments many people make!
The Serendipitous Train. It was New Year’s Eve and my friend and I had missed a train (getting ready as girls do), and he missed two (deciding on whether or not to go to another local bar heading into the city for a New Year party with his mate). We caught each others’ eyes through the train carriage window, checking each other out, and the ticket machine in his carriage didn’t work. We were sitting right next to the machine in our carriage, and we struck up a conversation while he purchased his ticket. It turned out they were going to the same New Year party at the same nightclub as us, and we ended up sharing a dance and a midnight kiss, and we’ve been together ever since (for over eight years now!).
PRIZE WINNERS – WORST DATING STORIES
The Date With The Painful, Icy Ending. After a nice dinner date with a guy I’d just started dating, we decided to go to the local ice skating rink. With it came romantic thoughts of gliding and twirling on the ice, hand in hand, him guiding me forward. After 15 mins or so of staying near the guard to get our balance (and a slightly bruised bottom from falling over a couple of times), we decided to attempt moving off the rails and going a bit faster. Not long after, I took a big tumble and landed on my leg awkwardly, resulting in a trip to the hospital with a broken ankle and severely injured pride (and a quiet social life for the next few weeks).
A Dance Move To Remember. Whilst probably not a date in the strictest sense of the word, one of the worst evenings I’ve ever spent with a member of the opposite sex had actually started quite well. I’d been catching up with an old school friend over a couple of early evening drinks in Cambridge and I was snapped out of the conversation by a piercing pain shooting through my right foot, which turned out to be from a young lady’s stiletto heel backing out from the crowded bar, two mojitos in hand. My first impression of her (aside from her aggressive choice of footwear) was that she was very pretty, which may have been why I made a little more of my newly-inflicted injury than was absolutely necessary. Anyway, after she’d apologised for impaling me with her shoes and we’d decided that a trip to hospital wasn’t needed, I found out that the extra mojito was for a friend of hers who she was also catching up with. After the four of us had shared an evening of incident-free drinks we decided to head for a nightclub to dance the rest of the night away. This was where things took a turn for the worse as I always find myself fighting with the volume in clubs and seem to end up holding conversations though a combination of bellowing and then pushing my ear towards my partner to hear. The evening ended when I’d leaned towards my date to hear what she had to say with a little too much gusto and ended up head-butting her square in the forehead, her stilettos offered her little stability and I sent her crashing to the floor. Whilst we narrowly avoided a second trip to the hospital that evening, my apologies did little to cover my embarrassment and we ended up going our separate ways quite shortly after. Needless to say we haven’t caught up for a second date!
The Ex That Wasn’t. I met a girl while out one day and organised a date at a nice restaurant. Everything was going fine until about an hour or so into the date, when a guy comes rushing in after seeing us through the front window. Soon enough a yelling and screaming match began between the two, then crying, all within a few minutes. After the initial shock of the whole situation, I excused myself for them to sort it out (in private!). It turns out they hadn’t just broken up, but were still together and they’d recently been having a few arguments! I politely declined any future contact with this particular lady.
Universal Misalignment. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, some things just aren’t meant to be. On our first date, I wrote the wrong date in the diary and received a text message in a late afternoon work meeting asking where I was. I apologised profusely and we re-organised a second date, but this time around the car wouldn’t start when I went to leave and had to take it into the mechanic to get it fixed. I basically begged for a third date, but the night before the date, a family member of hers passed away and she had to cancel. By then we got the hint that it just wasn’t going to work out!
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