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I failed to post this story last week. FAILED. You know who also failed? The club owner for once again having me be the one person that didn't get recorded (WTF, Phil?) and for telling me I'd be going 4th, then the emcee calling me to go up FIRST as I'm sliding a chicken nacho in my mouth. Uh... *chews super fast as I bound up on stage* Meh. Oh, and if you're guessing that I came in second AGAIN, then you guessed correctly. I'm not performing in June because I'll be out of town, and also because I'm a little bummed by how I perceive I'm being treated. They know me, they know I'll perform, and I kinda feel like I'm filler while they try and get new folks in. Meh. HOWEVER. This is one of my all time great stories, so screw it, this is funny. And completely indicative of life in Utah, btw.

[NOTE: This is an excerpt from my -unpublished- book. The story I told at the club was filled with I KNOW!s and bug-eyed facial expressions. And a jalapeño in my teeth, I'm sure. Also, there's a running gag in the book about the constant "testimonies" that Mormons are pressed into giving - that means you have to testify that the church is true, Joseph Smith is the most awesome prophet ever, and you wrap it up with "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." So I say that last bit as a joke a lot. In case you're wondering what the hell that's doing in the story. We in the biz call that a "joke."]

Excerpt from Chapter Three: We Are The Rising Generation, Oh My Heck, by Laura Stone Do not reprint without permission.


The worst date of my life happened while living in the Jell-O Belt (Boise, Idaho south to Queen's Creek, Arizona) and really, unless you were murdered on your worst date ever, yours can’t compare to this one. And if you try and tell me that you were murdered, then how are you reading this, liar pants? Busted.

Oh, did I crush on this boy. Where did I first see him? A church dance, of course. And he was a really good dancer, which was a plus since that’s all we ever did as Mormon Youth. He had just come back from a mission to Korea and was full of goodness and truth and all the things a good Mormon girl wants in a man and he seemed interested in me, another plus. I have written in my journal that he was “such a stud” and that “the spirit is so strong with him.” I'm surprised I didn't doodle light sabers and sparkle hearts all around his name.

He had passed my car when I was at work one night, noticed the tire going flat, drove home on his motorcycle, brought an air compressor back, and fixed my car tire. [Note 2: the audience GASPED here, like "Holy shit, that's awesome!" BECAUSE IT WAS. End note 2.] He was chivalrous, too! You noticed the bit about the motorcycle? Totally hot, right? Right. He always came to my Sunday school class when I was teaching instead of the other class, and his sister told me that he talked about me to his mom. Clearly things were going to happen with this guy, was my thinking.

I offered to cook him an authentic Korean dinner and then we could watch a video in my dorm room. (Translation: we can kiss and you can check out my mad home ec. skills.) He’s a go, and I started getting ready for the date. He called me early in the afternoon to tell me how he’d been thinking of me all day. Awesome. An hour after that he calls and says his best friend just got home from his mission, but will only be in town for 24 hours. Not awesome.

I think the date is canceled, but he still wants to see me, so he asks if he can bring his friend along. Well, at least the food won’t go to waste. Date time comes around and at my door is my cute, funny, holy and righteous guy. And another guy behind him. And... another girl? I’m thinking my date found a date for his buddy Randy, which is terrific! Because I was a charitable sort, I didn’t mind that we wouldn’t have enough food for all of us, and I was very friendly with this girl who, truth be told, was pretty homely, had a perpetual surly look on her face, and dressed in dirty clothes. And really, she had bad acne and thick makeup painted on and dirty clothes! Who wears dirty clothes on a blind date? Did she take that too literally? I’ll give you a minute on that one.

After we ate (I didn’t) and after trying to get this girl to talk (she won’t) and trying to warm up the buddy to this girl (he wouldn’t) I offer for my date and I to go down and pick out a movie. He says that I should go with Randy and he’d stay behind. My thought at this time was the girl and the buddy weren’t getting along, so he was being graceful about the awkward situation, maybe trying to orchestrate an exit for her.

Randy and I get outside of my dorm and first off, the guy's a cheesy club dude with a slicked back ponytail and a shiny shirt. Ew. That is not a Celestial manner of dressing, people. He's also a total schmoozer, and tries to get "close" to me and says in what I imagine he thought sounded sexy, "I don't know why Mike is dating Eve when he could be with someone as fun as you."

Did you also just hear a needle scratch along a record? ME, TOO. "I'm sorry, what did you say?" [Note 3: this also elicited a huge gasp from the audience, which caused me to bug my eyes out and gesture wildly: I KNOW!" End note 3.]

"Yeah, Mike's dating her. Weird, huh?"


He brought a date to the date. He brought a date for his date (me) and another date to the date. When I figured out that he was actually on a date with her and not with me on my date, and was in my home and eating my food, I reasonably flipped my lid and sent everyone away. And the just-in-town buddy still tried to hit on me, hoping for a good night smooch or something.

Yeah, that's not happening, Broseph.

Note to anyone just starting off dating: you don’t bring a date to the date. Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I do believe that contractually speaking, the person with whom you’re on the date is providing that service.

And I thought that I'd mention for those curious that the current divorce rate in Utah is 4.3 per 1,000, slightly higher than the United States divorce rate of 4.1 per 1,000 according to a 2006 report by the Center for Health Data, Office of Vital Records and Statistics. I'm just saying.

And to Mike Blunck, if you’re reading this: you’re a jerk, I was prettier and funnier than that slug of a boring, surly, dirty girl that I fed, and I bet you’re prematurely bald and have ED. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Ha ha. I still love that story, even though I hate that story. What an ass.

IN OTHER NEWS: I have to buy a dress today for the wedding that I probably will be late for and ruin everything, because that's what I do. Also, my MiL mentioned that this wedding is a "very casual affair in a garden, so [I] might want to wear pants or something." That makes me think this is a formal affair with people in tuxes and tails and I'll be like Bridget Jones showing up at a Vixen and Vicars party in a sex outfit while everyone else is dressed for church. SO A NICE DRESS IT IS, THEN.

Pro tip: it's always better to be OVER dressed than UNDER. Which is why I am always wearing tiaras and silk, even in the garden. I'm actually doing something I shouldn't, which is looking for a dress to match my adorable shoes: 4.25" stacked peekaboo heels with tan leather on the heel and toe (with a buckle) and navy and white stripes on the shoe. THEY ARE SO CUTE. A nice barrel-shaped leather clutch with a coordinating buckle would be aces. But I'm sure that doesn't exist simply because I would like it.

(And when did I become THIS girl? Eh, I've always loved heels. And my 18 year old Birks. I HAVE LAYERS.)

Lastly, if anyone wanted to buy me these amazing outdoor benches, I would not turn them down. In case you were wanting to buy me something, I didn't want you to scramble for ideas. I'm nice like that.



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May. 19th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Reading that date story made my mind boggle. Literally. Like the game - *pop* boggleboggleboggle Whaaa? My letters are all jumbled now.
To borrow from Supernatural, I'd have to call that guy an Assbutt. Pretty much the only thing that's coming to mind.
May. 19th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
YEAH. He was a total butt-faced giant, for sure. I STILL boggle thinking about it!
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May. 19th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, you do win the Worst Date Ever Award. Congratulations?

MY worst date was only bad because he ended up in bed with my roommate the next morning, but he did at least have the good grace to bot bring her WITH him to dinner.
May. 19th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I had a boyfriend in college (again, Utah) that would cuddle with me until I fell asleep then hop in bed with my non-Mormon roommate. THREE FEET AWAY.

I'm telling you, that state is POISON.
May. 19th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! For some reason, in this story I thought that the guy just showed up with the other woman, not that there was this weird decepto-con musical chairs nonsense with a spare guy that could feasibly have been attached to the other woman. I'm so glad you sent them all packing, and really, he should have gotten you flowers and candy and grovelled even with the full expectation you would never see him again, because dude. Dude. That's effed up.

I didn't know that, about the divorce rate! That's wild. I'm curious now what re-marriage is like in LDS, or if people basically back away from the church once they're divorced because of the shame? Shame. D: <---Jerry Blank voice.
May. 19th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I GOT SOMETHING TO SAY! <--also Jerry Blank voice, lol
OH YEAH. The whole, lemme see if I can't slip her my loser friend and get her to feed and entertain us on my cheap-ass idea of a date with my secret girlfriend. WHAAAAAAAT.

Oh, he smirked the next day in Sunday school and I made a point of mentioning at the end of class before everyone left that "You don't bring a date to a date, and that is why this state is seen as backwards." And he stopped smirking because everyone in class knew we were supposed to have gone out the night before.

I don't know - I know that it's not a stigma to get divorced like it used to be. (Then again, TEMPLE divorce is a whole 'nother bag of worms.)
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May. 19th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
You bet your MIL is trying to set you up. Wear the tiara and get a dress with a train. That'll show her!

That date! Hahahahaha! Mike Blunck totally married that girl and they have nine surly children that all have acne but he still dreams of you, Stoney. You dance through his dreams like crazy!
May. 19th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I think she is, too. I SHOULD WEAR A DRESS WITH A TRAIN. And a WHITE dress with a black armband.

Ahahahahaha, tough stuff for him, then! Lol.
May. 19th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
I bet hearing you tell that story in person is even funnier, but WOW. He...brought a date to the date. You have to wonder what kind of logic was in play there.
May. 19th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hee, I hope it was funny, I got some great audience reactions. :D

I really REALLY have no idea. I mean, how could I not think he was into me, right? JEEEERRRRRRRRK.
May. 19th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
1. Comedy = Tragedy + Distance

2. Honestly, this could probably be pretty quickly turned into a sitcom plot. I'm seeing a "Three's Company" spec script. Or maybe "Seinfeld" - this seems like something George Costanza would do. Or something that would happen to Elaine.

I think I've watched too much TV in my life.
May. 19th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
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May. 19th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)

I'm heading out the door, ready to dress and undress, dress and undress, sigh, buy a smoothie, dress and undress... (I'm not much of a shopper, lol.)

<3 <3 <3
May. 19th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
oh, PLEASE, I'd so like to hear you tell this story. I think you should blow up that club for treating you so badly. This is MOTH-worthy story if I ever heard one!

(I thought you were going to say he was practicing for later on, when he was going to be polygamous...)

Let me repeat that your MIL is an idiot, and you will show up looking WAY better than her.
May. 19th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should do a podcast of that story? It's HILARIOUS. Because it's in my past. I can tell you that I spent the night SOBBING, so devastated. Ugh, that state.

(No, I think he was just a cocky asshole. Well, same diff, lol.)

The MiL isn't going because of her cancer treatments, she just likes to sabotage from afar. *head thunk*
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May. 19th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
He brought a date to the date. IN WHAT UNIVERSE IS THAT ACCEPTABLE? Why in the world did he think that was okay?

I wish I had heard you tell that story in person.

As a note, I Googled the name Michael Blunck in Google images...and found a completely bald, prim-mouthed actor of about the right age advertising on a website specializing in Korean movies and drama.

I do not know if this is YOUR Mike Blunck, or if the asshat was named either Mike OR Blunck, but--unless you tell me it is not--I'm going to imagine that it is.
May. 19th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I HAVE NO IDEA WHY HE DID THAT. Still. Years and years later I still boggle.


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May. 19th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Well, I certainly can't top that date. (Though I'm thinking if someone brought their actual wife along on their date we'd have a winner without going as far as death.)

I can't even figure out where to begin to try to figure out his thought process. "Hey, a girl offered to fix me dinner and then we can watch a movie at her place. Should I bring flowers? A non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage? I know! I'll bring my girlfriend!"
May. 19th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm telling you, unless you were murdered on your date or sold into a sex ring on a date, I'm gonna keep the crown. :D

I just have NO CLUE as to how he came up with his plan. I mean... sheesh.
May. 19th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
My worst date - oh, but there have been so many and I'm not even mormon. How to chose? How about this one as it was a two-fer as there were 2 of us that had a crappy evening.

Once was this guy calling me at like 9 o'clock to come to a bar "to meet some of my friends". I had met this guy like twice before, and gone out on one date with him.

I get there and it's not really him and his pals. He's apparently on a double date. It's his friend, the friend's girlfriend, the guy - and the girl that that the girlfriend had brought along as a blind date for him. The blind date was not working out for him, I guess, and rather than waste a perfectly good thursday night, he called me. WTF?

Once I figured out what was going on, I beat a hasty retreat. I hope it was a one off for that other girl and she had better luck after that.

But at least I did not cook for the guy, his date and some other random dude. And your story is more WTF as the guy really did like you - and it's really not clear how he thought that this was going to work out for him as he brought a date for you. What was the best case scenario for him here?

May. 19th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the cooking for them bit is what really rankles me.
May. 19th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Geez, and I thought my worst date ever story was bad!
To wit: Baseball game, sport I don't much care for but I can enjoy hanging out on occasion at the stadium while the game goes on below me, reading a book. He wandered off in the middle of the first inning to get food, called me on cell phone in inning 6 to say he wasn't coming back. I had no book. XP
May. 19th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
OY VEY. That's a dickish move right there.
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May. 19th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha ha ha. Best worst date ever.
May. 19th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
*polishes nails on shirt* Yeah, it's a doozy. ;D
May. 19th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ah ha ha. I'm thinking this guy was utterly clueless as to just what you were doing. I mean - is anyone *seriously* that dense? Wow.

May. 19th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
APPARENTLY HE IS! lol. What a dick hole.
May. 19th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
OH MY HECK! is that the real Mike Blunck? (who will forever be known as Mike Bunk from this point forward.)

My worst date was the one and only blind date I was ever set up on. My BFF was dating the HOT-GUY-EVERY-GIRL-CRUSHED-ON and so they set me up with Bruce. The guy with brown teeth.


He was awful and I don't remember too many specifics except that he thought I was giving him signals that he could kiss me WITH A WAD OF TOBACCY IN HIS MOUTH.

Dear Brown Teeth Bruce,
You need better social reading skillz. And a trip to the dentist.

And it's never ok to kiss anyone with Tobaccy in your mouth. Got it boy?

Not so much love,
May. 19th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
THAT IS HIM IN THAT PICTURE!!!!! I have been freaking out on the phone to the BFF for the past hour since I found that. DUDE. What an ASSHOLE. And OF COURSE he went back to Korea.

GRODY TOBACCO. I have a horror story about tobacco, but I'll save that one for another day when I need to kill my appetite...
May. 19th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)

You could totally submit this to Awful First Dates! (Or you could just read the stories because they are mostly hiLARIous.)
May. 19th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
AND IT'S TRUE. What a jerk he was! I was just devastated.
May. 19th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh man. AND YOU COOKED FOR HIM! What a dickface. >:(

And I like how you ended that story with the Testimony ending :P
BTW, has your book been published yet and is it out? *curious*
May. 19th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
I MEAN COME ON. The cooking part was really the final rub. And I made curries and kimchee and other Korean delights! Jeeeeerk.

And hahaha, thanks for getting the testimony meeting joke. it's not published, I'm still looking for an agent!
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May. 19th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think I ever had a bad date...

...which probably means *I* was the bad date.

Still, I didn't ever bring a woman and a guy with me to a date. I may have actually brought a date to a party and she then hooked up with my best friend, but cool beans - he was my best friend and after a month or so of them dating we realised that GOOD LORD is this girl boring.

I'm kind of glad I stopped dating and met my Anna through college exchange programmes.
May. 19th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
LOL, could be!

The thought of dating again is exhausting - it's so nice to be in a relationship where you are comfortable and know each other.
May. 19th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
...“the spirit is so strong with him.”

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, oh, Stoney. Yes. I've been there.
May. 19th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
OMG, I think I even had something like, "I prayed to Heavenly Father to help me find a righteous man to take me to the Celestial Kingdom."

And then, "He's such a stud." OH MY GOD. Ahahaha.
May. 19th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
My closest contender was actually a SECOND date. (First date had gone well with some foolin' around and such...) It seems that the gentleman (HA!) in question had not been entirely honest with me. He had neglected to mention some information which I thought was relevant, Him, not so much.

Me: What! How could you not tell me this! You LIED to me, asshole!

Him: I did NOT lie to you! I mean, come ON. I never said I WASN'T married!

Sigh. Some of these boys. They are not so great.
May. 19th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
UGH UGH UGH lying by omission is STILL LYING, yes.
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May. 19th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I was watching the Travel Channel and they had a Close Up on Utah, which was described as a place where not everyone is Mormon so you should still go because the scenery is spectacular. Plus they went into a bar and pointed out the Polygamous Porter beer "Because you can never have just one". But anyway, I thought of you, and in a lot less creepy fashion that that always sounds like.

I think you should buy a lovely dress but then turn up with a pair of pants on your head.

That Mike guy makes no sense. I mean, that's weird, except in a wanting to make you his second wife and was sussing you out by throwing a shiny shirted ponytail guy at you. I have nothing. So you're recommending Utah for a place to meet men then. Duly noted.
May. 19th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, there's a whole series that brewery made, there's not just Polygamy Porter ale. I can't remember the names of the others, but I do know that their beer IS watered down, so... Bleh. it is GORGEOUS there. It really, really is. one of the prettiest places in the US. Too bad it's filled with goofballs.

I bought a lovely dress! And now I'm going to wear scuba gear, because I just can't get anything right! *Lucille Ball-style Uh Oh! face*

You can meet and share lots of men! Okay, twelve. There are officially 12 men in the entire state, there, I said it.
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May. 19th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
OH THE LOLS OF MORMON DATING. I dated this kid from Bountiful for a hot minute. He attempted to convince me that while we could not, alas, have the regular Tab A-Slot B sexings, buttsex was A-OK somehow. Magically.

It was difficult to stop laughing.

I mean, frankly I have no problem with the buttsex, but I DEFINITELY have a problem with the crazycakes logic and weird attempts at manipulation.
May. 20th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
LOLOLOL BOUNTIFUL I bet he wore lots of Eddie Bauer and smacked gum. And also I have a WHOLE CHAPTER about dating and another on sex, which includes the tale of a couple in my church that had anal and thought it was okay then BEFORE EVERYONE IN THE TEMPLE AT THEIR WEDDING were shamed. LOL.

Um, the whole RELIGION is about crazycakes manipulation, so your hinky meter was SMACK ON.
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May. 20th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Holy Shit on a Pogo Stick Jumping Christ, Batman! That's insane, the day you post about that dude is the day he's featured in an article, picture and all, ready for you to show to the world his bald-assed head?!

You have mad skillz at twisting fate.

Oh, and I too have a 'Date bringing a Date to the Date' story, but it happened to my overly shy, had to prep talk into asking out a girl friend. It was really sad, as he worked really hard to get up the courage to ask that girl out - and then she brings her freaking boyfriend to dinner! Yikes! How to you misinterpret 'I was wondering, will you go to dinner with me?'

Whatever, Mormons, they are a crazy bunch.
May. 20th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Was that link from today!? REALLY? OMG, fate has aligned us. To... I don't know, allow me to fart in his general direction? LOL.

Mormons are the WORST at dating. THE WORST. I was miserable in Utah, I tell ya.
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May. 20th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I do believe that contractually speaking, the person with whom you’re on the date is providing that service.

May. 20th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Oy, seriously.
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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