He was a high school music teacher and I’d had painted him in my mind as an altruistic man of musical theory.
I showed up and found myself face-to-face with a version of the man who was ten years older and twenty pounds heavier than his pictures.
Lesson learned: manage your expectations—especially on Tinder.” –Lucy, 29, Brooklyn “I went on a first date with a guy I knew from high school.When I showed up to the bar he’d chosen, he was already pretty plastered. Finally, I managed to get small talk going and it came up that I have a short list of things that make me instantly not trust someone: If you don’t like pizza; if you wear socks to bed every night; if a mustache is your only facial hair; and if you don’t like dogs.Then he said, ‘Would this be a bad time to mention I hate dogs? This isn’t going to work.’ And I got up and left.” –Cynthia, 26, Brooklyn “I went on a random Tinder date with a guy whom I had little to no chat with beforehand.I told him I was going to the bathroom and instead got a cab home.20 minutes later, he called and asked if I was OK because I’d been in the bathroom for awhile.Side note, he had greeted me with a ‘you look like your photos! or replying to future texts.” –Casey, 28, San Francisco “My first Tinder meet-up also happened to be my first date after a shattering breakup, and I felt all kinds of badass for finally getting back out there.