“So…how ’bout that Eyes Wide Shut business?”

I have been on a lot of dates in my day, including a lot of really, really bad ones. Sometimes a person just say silly things — sometimes I am that person — and other times there just isn’t any chemistry. Once in a while, though, we both click, have excellent conversation and tons of potential for growth, but the setting is a terrible idea. Whether it was because the music was too loud for conversation or there were little theater kids flitting around all over the place, there are just some places that are no conducive to a fun evening. The photo above was taken when my ex and I went to an experimental theater performance shortly after we’d started dating for the second time. It was terrible. Really, really terrible. But more on that in the gallery.

Even the best company can be ruined by a bad circumstance, so as a warning to the rest of you single folk out there — as well as the non-single ones, actually, since some of my weirdest/worst date experiences were with partners — it is probably for the best that you avoid these arenas. Naturally, there are exceptions; some people truly enjoy doing these things together. I would recommend, however, that you only opt for these dates provided you already know you both will have a great time. Springing dinner theater on another human being without prior warning is basically a federal offense, so I suggest making sure you’re aware of any stipulations your date may have lest you be stuck making a shitty dates list of your own.