Sunday, April 11, 2010

Blast from the past

If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you're well aware of the six degrees of separation that is my dating life.

(Which is why I implemented this rule some time ago.)

Well, it happened again this weekend. While out for one last late-nite drink with a friend, I was sitting at the bar chatting and heard, "Hey, girl." (Yes, a man really said, "Hey, girl.")

It was the Mush Mouth. As you may remember, the Mush Mouth was my first "real" boyfriend who I dated for 2+ years during college and shortly after.

(He was so named by one of my relatives because he mumbled everything he said.)

So, back to this past weekend. The Mush Mouth approached and chatted with us for about 10 minutes. Ten very loooong minutes. Why long?
  • I felt like he was flirting with me. Like, scrunching his nose up and smiling all weird when he was talking to me flirting.
  • He rubbed my head. More than once. (I suppose I should say here that I HATE when people touch my head, unless I'm dating them. Or I'm at the hair salon. And he knows that.)
  • He wasn't wearing his wedding ring. Based on our conversation, I was trying to figure out whether he was just being a schievy guy who doesn't wear his ring when he's not out with his wife, or whether there's something more going on in his personal life. I didn't ask.
  • Did I mention the head rubbing?!?
  • Lastly, he announced to my friend (after I told him about my new niece and nephew): "If anyone was born to be a mother, it was AAB." (There was a head rub following this comment as well.)
Eeew. It schievs me out when exes are a little TOO friendly after a break-up. (Don't get me wrong. I'm all about being civil after a break up. But there is a distinct difference between civil and acting like you've gone back in a time machine and are still together. And that time machine involves head rubbing.)

Have you ever had a run-in with an ex that was just a little TOO friendly? How did you handle it?

(My solution was to nervously down my beer.)


Amy Green @ Sweet Home Amy said...

Ewwww. Luckily I haven't had a run in with my ex, but gosh I hope it's not that awkward if I do!

Allison M. said...

very funny. I ran into my high school boyfriend last weekend. Strangely, it wasn't as awkward as it's been in the past.

Maybe we are all growing up after all?

alexa @clevelandsaplum said...

it doesn't freak me out when i see an ex lov-ahhhh and he's friendly to me.

i mean i'm awesome, how could you not be awesome to me?!?!

; )

MG said...

that to me as a guy seems like really weird/inappropriate way to handle a run-in with an ex...although i'm not sure i know cuz i haven't seen any real ex's in 3 years.

that, from my perspective, seems like half-showing directly that all these years later he'd like to get back together but then also sort of a dismissive "talking down to you" self-propping, which may well also be a subversive technique aimed at getting you into him or else trying to insult you if maybe you hurt him way back when.

regardless, gross.

I need to start following the "never leave the house looking like a pig" specifically in my condo/apartment building.

Suburban Sweetheart said...


I think my ex tried to sext me once... NO, THANKS.

PJ said...

he was tanked.

Anonymous said...

tanked? wow, i think i'll kill myself if i'm ever guy who's married but not wearing ring and tanked in a cleveland-area bar in his mid 30's.

what a waste of life...

Always a Bridesmaid said...

Amy -- for your sake, me too!

Allison -- I'd imagine it's less awkward the further back you go in the world of ex-BFs, no?

Alexa -- ex lov-ahhhh made me LOL.

MG -- try the "never leave the house/pig" out and let me know how it goes!

Suburban -- sexting is a whole other issue. I think I must be the only single girl this side of the Mississippi who people don't do that to. (Not that I'm necessarily complaining... just don't get why most of my single friends get sexts and I don't.)

PJ -- I don't think he was, actually. Tipsy, probs.

Anon -- I actually don't think he was tanked. But that still doesn't excuse the head rubbing. ;)

Dougiet said...

I make it a point to cut all ties with my exes. It just makes for an easier transition and the idea that if I see them out all that is needed is an awkward look and no conversation.