Don’t talk about your ex. Or my ex.

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Before the date, he warned me that he got very nervous on first dates and often talked a lot. Fine. So I sat and listened to him talk about himself for the best part of three hours.

Eventually, he paused for breath, looked at me and said:

Date: “I suppose I’d better ask you something about yourself, hadn’t I?”
Me: “That’d be nice”
Date: “So, tell me about your ex-husband.”
Me: “What?”
Date: “Your ex-husband. How did you meet each other, how long were you together and when did it all go wrong?”

Me: “I don’t really want to talk about my marriage, thanks. Isn’t there anything else you want to know about me?”

He went back to talking about himself again. At the end of the evening, he apologised again, put it down to nerves, and promised to do less talking and more listening if I’d meet him for a second date. I agreed.

Second date arrives, and again the gentleman talks about himself all evening without asking me a single question. After two hours:

Date: “I said I was going to ask you something about yourself tonight, didn’t I?”
Me: “Yes, you did”
Date: “So, tell me about your ex-husband.”
Me: “Seriously?”
Date: “Yes. How did you meet each other, how long were you together and when did it all go wrong?”
Me: “You know what? I’ve got an early start in the morning, let’s call it a night.”

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