June 18th, 2013 by Simone Paget
What To Do If You Pull a Miss Utah On a First Date
Oh, Miss Utah – I feel for you. I really do.
For those of you who missed it, Miss USA contestant, Marissa Powell, gave a pretty unimpressive answer to a question about income inequality at the Miss USA pageant on Sunday night. She flubbed, stammered and tripped on her words, resulting in a answer that didn’t even make sense. Is it really that surprising that a person speaking in front of millions (beauty queen or not) choked on her words? I think we can all relate to experiencing a “brain fart” and acting totally awkward in a super stressful situation, for example on a first date.
Although I consider myself intelligent and well spoken in most situations, when it comes to first dates, I’ve been known to get a bit nervous and sound less than eloquent on occasion. Whereas Miss Utah’s stammering is probably due to the stress of being in front of millions of people (and maybe some unresolved issues with public speaking), when I’m hanging out with someone I’m really attracted to I get what I like to call a case of “sexually transmitted awkwardness.” This typically manifests itself in one of three ways:
1) I become clumsier than normal and bump into things, or make a totally awkward move (like that time I tried to open the passenger side of a random stranger’s car that kind of looked like my date’s car, only to realize after the fact that my date was two cars down.)
2) I get the urge to blurt out totally awkward facts like, “I write about sex on the internet!” or “I like socks!”
3) I say things backward. I blame this on a childhood spent going to school in another language, but the result is that I end up sounding like a female Yoda with a Canadian accent. First dates, awkward I am.
So the question is, how do you deal with this when it happens?
The way I see it is that you have two options:
1) Acknowledge the inherent awkwardness of it all. If you’ve said or done something because you’re nervous, use it as an ice-breaker. Tell your date, “Sorry, I was really looking forward to this date and clearly I’m a bit nervous!” Most likely, your date is also a bit nervous. By putting it out there, you can hopefully break the tension and laugh it off together.
2) When your date stares at you after you’ve said or done something slightly ridiculous, say with a straight face, “In case you were wondering, I was just doing my impression of Miss Utah 2013.” That would totally work, right? No? Ok. Hey, it was worth a try right?
The truth of the matter is that we all get nervous sometimes. If the person you’re dating gets turned off by the fact that you’re nervous (aka totally excited) to be hanging out with them, it probably wasn’t meant to be in the first place. The right person will find all your little quirks charming and irresistible. Promise.