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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What Can It Mean When Dates Get Cancelled?

Dear Bro Jo,

To recap:  I'm a sailor learning how to do my job for the Navy.

I met a seemingly perfect guy (RM, smart, handsome, funny, also sailor), we text a lot and he asks me out.

Anyway so I agree to go out with him.

He cancels last minute citing the fact that his base has an early curfew that day.

I figure "whatever"; sounds reasonable and we reschedule for the next weekend.

Lo and behold the next weekend he cancels again this time saying family problems again.

I figure "reasonable".

Then he never texts me back for like . . . 2 weeks.

And I find out through the rumor mill that he's gone out with the only other Mormon girl on my base twice since he canceled on me.

I confirmed this with her.

I just wanted to know what you think about that?

Is it fair to ask me out cancel twice then go out with another girl without even another word?

Or am I just overreacting?

It's not like we were a thing but he asked me out and so he owed me a date.

It seemed really rude to me.

It doesn't matter about this particular guy anymore because he's deployed and the odds of me running into him again are slim to none.

Plus I found out he's not so perfect after all.

In 3 months here he's gone to Church 4 times . . . not good.

But I'd just like to know for the future.


- A Not So Lovesick Sailor

Dear Not So,

I think he found out that he liked dating the other girl and he wasn't prepared to throw that away on an unknown (you).

I understand his thinking, and I don't really have a problem with what he did.

I think it would have been worse for him to just go out with you because he felt obligated when he really had no intention of pursuing anything with you.

Dating you under that circumstance would have been much worse than cancelling.

Are you within your rights to be upset or bummed out that the dates with you as planned didn't work out?


For a little bit.

But then you need to move on.

I don't agree that he "owed" you a date.

He asked you out.

It didn't work out, for whatever reason, and he cancelled.

End of story.

- Bro Jo 

Dear Bro Jo,

Makes sense.


This actually will help me move on.

I think my problem is that I get a little too intense when it comes to this kind of thing. I need to learn to be more chill . . . at least at first.

After all I am only 18, I don't even know if I'm ready for serious single dating yet anyway.

Thanks again!

- Not So

Dear Not So,

No problem.

I think you're ready for Serious Single Dating . . . but, as you said, you need to relax a little.

The first few dates are just getting to know each other.

No big deal.

No pressure.

- Bro Jo


Anonymous said...

He was rude, you can feel upset but also be grateful. This guy is not worth your time. Learn to appreciate the road blocks in life because they exist for a reason. Trust me I've blown through too many and have regretted it later:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Bro Jo,

You already made this same post on April 1, 2015 under the title "Does He Owe Her a Date?"

Have a blessed day.

Bro Jo said...

I thought I had maybe posted it before . . . but in 1200+ posts couldn't find or record of it.

Oh well, deserved to be posted again!

Thank you for reminding me.


- Bro Jo