A tale of teeth

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Registered: 10-16-2006
A tale of teeth
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 8:26am

Oh yes, I'm still searching for love online, and yesterday I met a doozy.

We live about an hour and a half apart, so agreed to meet halfway for lunch. We didn't have much of an exchange before we met, but he was educated and looked pretty good in his photos.

I got there first and waited outside. He walked up, looking kind of scrawny and not well-dressed, and when he smiled, I realized he didn't have any photos posted of him showing his teeth. The guy had Bubba teeth. I'm talking flaired-out, mishapen teeth with big gaps between them, mastadon-in-a-museum yellow, too. Now, I know not everyone had parents who could pay for braces, but dude, there is a product called Crest White Strips. Plus, the guy was in a high-paying career before he retired, he could have gotten his own braces.

Now, you might think I'm being harsh or stuck up, but basically, he had no social skills either. He was incapable of small talk, got off onto impossible-to-follow philosophical tangents and couldn't understand my jokes. But wait, there's more.

After he ate, he whipped out a toothpick and began picking his teeth. I'm not kidding. And let me tell you, he was really digging in, as if mining for gold. He must have picked them for about 10 minutes, just really digging away at it. I noticed he had a stain on his shirt too. 

I was just horrified.

I escaped after about an hour and a half. It's a good thing I don't get my hopes up before these meetings. I hope he doesn't call, but if he does, I will have no trouble telling him I don't think we are a match.

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Registered: 02-27-2002
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 8:52am

Florida!! OMG you had me cracked up with your description........"Bubba teeth"!! Some people's manners are just sooo bad.....pulling out a toothpick?? lol.

I applaud you for keeping up with your search.....I've had so many dates like this (married people don't believe these kinds of stories!) that I stay away from the OLD thing altogether.

Sorry you had a bad experience.......but thanks for the giggle first thing on Monday morning!! lol


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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 10:42am

I remember one time that I was going to the movies with my boss (he's my age & single & years ago we used to hang out some times, but as friends, not romantically).  He had told me this other friend I knew was coming along, so that was fine--well his friend invited this other guy & I think he wanted to fix me up with him--really the only thing we had in common was both being white (my boss & his friend are Chinese).  He worked in a drum stick factory (I bet you didn't think about that being a job) which was ok, I guess, but he didn't have a car & lived in a suburb, which made me think that I wouldn't want to date someone where I had to pick him up all the time, but the thing I really noticed was that he had bad teeth--and they had to have been really bad, cause if it was just one crooked tooth or something it wouldn't have mattered.  With teeth, it's really off putting cause then you think about how you just don't want to kiss that person.

I just don't think I can get up much enthusiasm for OLD any more.  I just have to meet someone in person--for one thing it avoids that disappointment of thinking that the pictures were ok but then you meet & they look much worse, and you also at least get some idea of their personality.  but I hope the next one is better.

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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 11:27am

I was watching the Grammy's red carpet show last night and Faith Hill has recently gotten clear braces.  I had them in high school and remember trying to keep my huge lips from getting hung up on them when smiling for pictures.  If anyone has had them you know what I mean.  She was constantly having to purse out her lips to readjust after every pose.  It was kind of entertaining to watch but I felt sorry for her at the same time.  But yes, one is never too old for braces.  Gwen Stefani had them very late in life as well and I think her's were the old fashioned metal variety.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 4:01pm

  Do this guy a favor and tell him the truth.  He may not like it but it may help him.   One problem for everyone is bad habits.  Things that may have been ok back when,in the day etc but have become liabilities now.  


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Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 6:07pm
Yucky teeth disgust me! It makes me think they have a dirty mouth, and who wants to kiss a dirty mouth? Yuck yuck yuck. I always worry that I'm going to get interested in someone and then discover bad teeth.
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Registered: 08-08-2012
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 3:31pm

Is there somewhere you can give him constructive feedback? Maybe mention dressing more like his photos, getting his teeth fixed (maybe he has a good dental plan) and that most people find picking teeth at the table to be a revolting thing to see. (I know I find it to be so.)

Sounds like someone who loves to hear themselves talk, by going off on tangents that people can't follow and not understanding jokes or at least attempting to.

LOL when you said "But wait, there's more" I had a flash of some late night sales man and was cracking up!

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 5:01pm


I give you credit for atleast meeting him and giving it a shot.. That alone should make you feel good..

Although that is a turn off with the teeth and toothpick but yeah there are going to be alot of bad dates.. I have had them myself and its depressing at times but unfortunately such is life..

The worse date I had was when a guy broke his cookie in half and gave it to me and then poured some of his coffee into a cup for me. Plus he was still married and forgot to tell me.. I left that date as early as I could.. OY VEI


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Registered: 10-16-2006
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 6:04pm

Hi Happyfifties--What is the point of giving this man feedback? If he reached the age of 62 and doesn't get it, I don't think my feedback is going to help him--plus there's no way I would initiate another conversation with him. He probably thinks he's just fine the way he is. And maybe another tooth-picker would find him adorable!

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Registered: 05-10-2012
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 6:55pm

And now I have the scene stuck in my head...a man, a woman...nice restaurant...awkward but so comfortable picking their teeth together (although maybe she should use the fork from the table?  Would that ring his bell?)

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Registered: 12-03-2006
Sun, 03-03-2013 - 6:59pm

Well, would you rather he talks to you with food stuck to teeth?