#1) I go to Date’s place to pick Date up. I was listening to the radio, but after starting the car, I switch to the tape player, not remembering that I had a cassette of the Mikado starring the magnficient John Reed as Koko. As Yum-Yum starts singing, Date says in a ‘change the station’ voice “You listen to this shi-stuff? Do you like Marilyn Manson?”
more importantly, however
#2) I’m being set up by a mutual friend. Friend drags Set-up over to my house (“Just passing by…thought we’d stop in…” Liar.) Set-up sees your basement lined with thousands of books. Set-up says in an ‘eeeewwwww’ sort of voice that implies Set-up hasn’t read a book since High School: “Lookit alla these books! You di’n’t readem all, didya? So waddaya do wit’ alla books?”
Since your friend is there, you refrain from telling the other use you put a book to in the dreaded “New Mexico Reststop” adventure.
Seriously, call me a snob, but people’s reaction to books is a damned good indicator for me of whether or not they’re someone I want to spend time with. Showing a dislike or contempt for reading is 2 1/2 strikes in my book.
Anyone else have other ways to know that the date’s over before it begins?