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She Showed Her Blind Date How Crazy She Was. What Happened Next…

She started off LIKE THIS and ended up LIKE THIS.

She started off LIKE THIS.                                                                                                  And ended up LIKE THIS.

What follows is an excerpt from the uber-talented Colette Sartor’s story, “Don’t Hide the Crazy.” Colette graduated the Iowa Writer’s Program before Lena Dunham’s Hanna even received her acceptance letter!

Coletter was so bad at dating, she made up a set of intractable dating rules for herself:


“As some of you may know, I’m an identical twin. I was raised with a strong sense of fairness.

“Everything needed to be equal. Making sure things were equal required a lot of rules. I became a great rule maker. A great rule follower. I craved the structure imposed by rules.

“So, through lots of trial and error (dear lord, so many errors), I came up with some rules for dating:

  1. Blind dates could only be during non-prime time (weekday coffee or lunch, maybe weeknight drinks if he came highly recommended).
  2. Prime-time dates (i.e., Friday or Saturday night) had to be preceded by at least one non-prime date.
  3.  No calling after the first date. That was up to him, and if he didn’t call me within a week, write him off. If he called within a day or even two, then regarded him with suspicion and distrust. That meant he was too eager. There must be something wrong with him.
  4. No matter what, hide the crazy.

Number 4 was the most important rule. All the others were made to be broken (albeit with often-disastrous results). But hide the crazy–hide my insecurities, my fears, my everyday peccadilloes (for instance, my rule of nothing but liquids on the fridge’s top shelf ), basically, hide the real me–that one was a keeper.”

To read the whole story and find out what happened CLICK HERE.

(photo credits: The Courage of the Poet by Lotus Carroll, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Unmodified and A Person Needs a Little Madness by Lotus Carroll, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Unmodified.

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