And thank god we don't get that kind of behaviour so much once we're out of school and, one hopes, acting like adults (which excludes the participants on Bachelorettes in Alaska, I suppose) because I can't think of anything more annoying than your potential girlfriend's girl friends putting pressure on you, like this one time when I was in university in Halifax and I met this girl we'll call "Samantha" at a party and she was really cute and was actually the sister of someone I was going to school with and we were hitting it off well but I was also at the time working on another girl who didn't happen to be at the party and so my friend and later roommate Ian basically told me to let him have a go at Samantha since I was supposed to be getting together with this other girl, so I agreed and let him do his best. Unfortunately for Ian, Samantha kept ditching him at the party to keep talking to me, which had him grumbling afterward. But shortly after that, I found out that this other girl wasn't actually interested in me, so I kind of wished I'd talked to Samantha a little more. And a little while after that, a group of us was going to see a midnight showing of Dazed and Confused and I agreed to go but when my friend and later other roommate Nevin came to my dorm room to get me, I'd changed my mind because the Oilers game was on and when I told him I wasn't going he just said, "You have to come," and I didn't feel like arguing so I said okay. And when we got down to the quad where the group was waiting it was a nice surprise to see that Samantha was in town and was coming to the movie too and we spent most of the walk there and afterwards in the pizza place talking and it was really nice and it was much later that I'd found out that the whole point of the group excursion was to get us together, like Samantha was coming in to town and she asked her sister to set something up where she could see me again and thus the group excursion to Dazed and Confused and why Nevin said "You have to come" when I tried to beg off and how when I walked out of my dorm Samantha saw me and said, "There he is!" and actually turned around to be all nonchalant so that I'd have to notice her. And so the next day I was disappointed to find out she'd gone home (which was just outside of Halifax) but I got her number from her sister and then of course the Big Question became "Will Danny call her?" since I didn't call right away and this was a small school where pretty much everybody knew everybody's business and so Samantha's sister's friends (who were my friends as well) all took great delight in hounding me to call her. Like, we'd be in the cafeteria and they wanted to point out that Samantha and I could talk on the phone all we wanted since her hometown was close enough that long-distance charges wouldn't apply since this was before long-distance competition opened up and forced phone companies to offer unlimited long-distance packages but my friends bugged me with these really annoying oblique conversations among each other but for my benefit, like, "I just talked to my friend in Vancouver yesterday." "Really, Vancouver? That's a LONG DISTANCE. You know what isn't a LONG-DISTANCE call, though? Where Samantha lives!" and then they'd crack up laughing while I studiously ignored them and I'd like to point out that none of my guy friends tried any of that nonsense. And then Samantha's sister happened to come into the dining hall, and since the women were getting great mileage out of this "long distance" garbage, they all started laughing when they saw her, and she got upset and said, "Are you bugging Danny again? Don't, because if you do he'll never call her!" at which point I had Had Enough so I stood up and said, "I don't care if they bug me, if I want to call her I'll call her and I don't care what anyone says!" and I stomped out of there, much to the great amusement of the table and most of the dining hall but it was okay because I'd already finished eating. And I did call Samantha but it was despite the pressure, not because of it, and in the same vein I'd like everyone to remember Rebekah's little pressure cooker here a little later on in this episode.
Looking for Love
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Looking for Love