When Is A Date Not A Date?

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by Thamar Houliston
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There was a time when, if a guy asked you out, you knew what his intentions were. So when did the rules change?


  1. The Almost Date
  2. The Almost Date With An Ex
  3. The Metrosexual Almost Date
  4. The Networking Almost Date
  5. Mate Or Date?
  6. Close Mate Or A Real Date?
  7. The “But I’m Married…” Almost Date

The Almost Date

10941-636-01457223a-4839.jpgI sat down opposite Andrew, paralysed by first-date nerves. He's a handsome, sexy writer who I'd harboured a secret crush on for years, but we'd never been single at the same time. Now we were finally having dinner, a meeting that he'd instigated: could this be it? He kissed me hello, pulled out a chair, then, "You know Paul and Ryan, right?" he asked, gesturing to the other two guys at the table. And with that the dreamy evening I'd envisaged evaporated. Instead, I was caught in that relationship limbo: the Almost Date. The problem is that none of the traditional rules apply any more. Where once there was no doubt when a man was romantically interested, today, platonic relationships abound. Here are some common Almost-Date scenarios and the signs to watch out for to avoid romantic misfire...


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