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The Art of Canceling a Date: Excuses, Lies, and Disappointments

Hey Dishers, have you ever been stood up or canceled at the last minute? It's a frustrating and often awkward experience that many of us can relate to. In dating, excuses for canceling a date can range from the mundane to the downright bizarre. But one excuse that always seems to take the cake is the classic "I have to wash my hair."

Washing hair

Recently, I found myself in this exact situation. I had been looking forward to going on a date with someone I had been chatting with for weeks. We had planned to meet for dinner, and I was excited to see where things could finally go. But just a few hours before our scheduled date, I received a text like, "Hey, I have to wash my hair tonight!" and then zero follow-up.

At first, I was taken aback. Washing hair? Was that a legitimate reason? I couldn't help but wonder if this was just a polite way of saying they weren't interested or if the excuse was genuine. Regardless, I did not respond because you never deserve to become an inconvenience to someone, right?

Sitting at home that evening, I couldn't help but reflect on the art of canceling a date. How often do we use excuses to avoid uncomfortable situations or conversations, and how much of it is really necessary? It's easy to get caught up in the games and dance of dating, but at the end of the day, honesty and transparency are what build genuine connections. Everyone deserves someone so excited to meet you, whether it goes anywhere or not. It is a chance at romance, but for goodness sake, say you know the timing is off (for real) and /or I've been talking to someone else, or again, be you and be honest.

So, to the people who had to wash their hair instead of going on a date, I hope your hair is squeaky clean and your schedule clears up soon. And to anyone who finds themselves on either end of a canceled date, remember that it's okay to be honest and respectful. After all, life is too short to waste time on empty excuses and missed opportunities.

Set your standards high and keep them; you deserve the best and someone who wants you!



Time to Dish:

  1. What is the best excuse you have every received?

  2. Did you give them the benefit of the doubt?

  3. Was it a first date or second or more?

  4. Please share!


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