Add this to the long list of things couples do that are ANNOYING: using you as a third-wheel in the early hang out stages.
If there’s one thing I hate more than being an unwanted third wheel, it’s being a wanted third wheel.
I know, I know. You’re saying to yourself “How can someone want a third-wheel?” but it actually happens! Maybe this isn’t annoying shit couples do, it’s more like “annoying shit that potential-couples do”.
Do you ever have friends or know two people who want to date but are nervous about it? And maybe you’re a mutual friend…or maybe just a friend of one of the two potential matches. Suddenly you’re invited along on random bar crawls and dinner outings or movie viewings just in order to make it seem less like a date and more comfortable for them? It sort of justifies them hanging out, after all, when a third person is depending on you to go somewhere you can’t beg off!
It’s annoying, to have to sit there, watch them flirt but realize that they’re both so full of shit that they can’t have a real date. So the third person feels awkward. Awkward that they’re a third wheel, awkward that they were the catalyst for this little excursion. Awkward that they’re not at all necessary, but you seem to think they are.
And then, if the non-date date goes well, you become totally irrelevant. Obsolete. So you either sit in boredom, or you try to leave and they feel guilty. The worst of the worst is when they want to continue this date because it’s going well…but aren’t quite sure what to do with the third-wheel. You’ve gone from wanted to unwanted in the matter of a few hours. And there is no graceful way to bow out of that one. Ughhhh.
I’ve used this third-wheel action before, taking advantage of a friend who knew us both so it wouldn’t be terrible. So, I totally want to take this time to apologize to my good friends who I did this to before I understood fully. I was young and stupid, and I’m sorry! I don’t ever want to be a part of annoying shit couples, or potential couples, do. And in the end, it should have been a warning sign that we weren’t mature or comfortable enough to hang one-on-one.
And to the tricycles of the world–take off the training wheel and date already!