Drop Off – Redux

Remember the Drop Off phenomenon from a little while ago? I’ve recently solved two more drop off mysteries.

Let this be a lesson to you, men! If you adopt the “drop off” method, odds seem to be that you’ll eventually be found out, and instead of looking like a socially-retarded dork, you’ll come off as a complete asshole. Read on for examples…

Case #1:

I met a guy on the craigslist personals. We went for dinner and then for a walk around looking at Christmas lights. We got along just fine, said goodnight, and agreed we should get together again sometime. He did the “half-plan a date” schtick, and then suddenly disappeared.

Well he recently re-appeared on craigslist, with this wee gem in his ad:

i’ve tried this once before and had little to no luck on account of me being idealistic… ideally, it wouldn’t matter what you looked like, as long as i was attracted to your personality, right? sadly, no. but at least i can say i gave it a try. and to make matters worse, i’m totally attracted to skinny girls. sorry. i know it’s not “PC” of me, but it’s what i’m attracted to. so, having said that…

Ok, so he’d rather have Twiggy (or perhaps an Ethiopian refugee) than Marilyn. That’s fine. He’s pretty skinny himself, and wants a petite girl who can make him feel manly. God knows I’ve got my own ideal type that I end up attracted to. As it stands, nobody would ever confuse me for “petite,” and I am absolutely certain that I’m going to make some guy who digs the bootylicious VERY happy someday. (And for the record, dude when a girl who’s a size 8 is making you feel inferior, perhaps it’s time to hit the weight room and protein powder… I’m just sayin’…)

So then why not follow up with “I had a really nice time with you, but there was no chemistry. Best of luck and have a nice life.” I would think that’s the polite and respectful thing to do. But what do I know?

Well what I do know is that the internet is not anonymous, and when you post a nearly identical ad as a 26 year old guy from Port Moody, people you’ve dated before are going to figure out it’s you, and you end up looking like an idiot.

Case #2

A friend set me up with someone else who’d advertised himself as single. He was known to be open to dating, and she figured with our mutual love of hockey and rock music, we may get along. She orchestrated a meeting at a party, and the next day I received a cute (albeit highly cheesy) email from him:

Hi Jen, this is Luke, we met at Chris and Mel’s the other night. I was hoping you could help me out with something. I met this really cute girl at a party and for some reason I completly forgot to ask her for her number. I even took the skytrain home with her and still forgot. Id love to go have coffee or a drink with her so maybe you could write me back with some advice on what to do before she forgets who I am.

In case you’re daft, I am the cute girl he took the skytrain home with. Everybody together now, “awwwwwwwwww.” Doesn’t exactly read like a guy who’s got a girlfriend, does it? Yah, I didn’t think so either. Apparently were were both wrong!

Some of this guy’s best friends were at the party and didn’t bat an eye when the setup was orchestrated, and we went out on a few dates before anything went sideways.

His drop off happened suddenly as well. I had to cancel a get together I was planning at my place, he sent an email saying he was disappointed, asked how my weekend had been, and started the planning for a next date. I replied, but never heard from him again.

Shortly after he dropped off the face of the earth, I heard through the grapevine that girlfriend existed, and she was freaking out. Sorry girlfriend, I had no idea. And if I were you, I’d ditch his sorry ass! I strongly suspect I am not the first, and will probably not be the last girl he ran around on you with. Go get yourself a copy of “He’s Just Not That Into You,” read it, then throw it at the back of his head as you demand he get the fuck out, and never come back.

Or maybe that’s just what I would do. Whatever.


Obviously it doesn’t take a lot of sleuthing to figure these things out. The first one I just happened upon while surfing the web, the second came back through the grapevine via friends.

So like I said, let this be a lesson. It’s ok to not have chemistry with someone, or to be “off again/on again” with a girlfriend. But for the love of Pete, HONESTY is ALWAYS the best policy. You may come off as a bumbling idiot anyway, but why would you want to ensure that as the outcome?

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9 thoughts on “Drop Off – Redux

  1. Laura

    Yikes! I found out about the girlfriend not long ago and I was shocked that a guy would act like that. And as for “skinny guy”, puh-leaze. I’ve met you, and you are skinny. At least, I thought so, but then I’m not a shallow guy who wants to date a supermodel, so what do I know?

  2. Chris

    To be fair, no one knew guy #2 and girlfriend were still together, including the best friends. As far as any of us knew, they had split up in September.

    And anyone who thinks you’re fat is stupid 😛

  3. peechie Post author

    Yah. To be fair, I really don’t believe Mr. Twiggy thought I was fat. He’d just prefer someone who’s itty-bitty.

    As for Guy #2… sometimes there’s a reason “crazy girls” get that way…

  4. `jen

    i agree with NetChick – you are itty bitty.

    well, except that fabulous caboose of yours. but who wants an itty bitty caboose? pffft. 😉

  5. gillian

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Peechie gives me big-time ass-envy.

    Man, that’s crazy stuff though. I do agree with you that honesty is the best policy. A guy who admits to being a jackass is still better (though only slightly) one who has no fucking clue.

  6. Lindsey

    Ummm.. hi… I just thought that maybe I should introduce myself… I am Lindsey.. the “on again, off again GF” I think that this whole thing would have jsut been avoided if everyone communicated.. and to be quite honest – it is ALL Luke’s fault. It ABSOLUTELY kills mee to read that he was excited about going on dates with you especially since he told me that it only happened once.. but he just need a serious kick in the ass.. i have nothing to say to justify his actions – he is not in very good standing right now and is trying to dig himself out of a very big hole… and in MY defense.. the best friends DID know.. as i have communicated about how things have been on the mend. Living further apart is NOT easy and hopefully we can all jsut forget about this so that I can sleep for the first time in a couple of nights.

    ps: You seem like a fun girl and I bet that WE would get along grand! hahahah!

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