I would say the First Date was somewhat normal, however, the approach was not. I was working a full-time secretarial job and had a part-time as a cashier as well. I bowled, not very well, and hung out with friends where I met my future husband. Ken was a very good bowler, who also worked in a family store where I shopped and that is how we met, as he commented on seeing me at the alley. One thing led to another and we started dating. We would see each other at the bowling alley but I believe that I was the first to call and actually ask him to go out somewhere.
I called his house one evening and he answered the phone. I asked Ken if he would like to go with me to see my brother’s band play after I got done with my part-time job. He asked where my brother playing and around what time I would be done work and then he said to hold on a minute. Having only spoken to him in person, I wasn’t used to hearing his voice on the phone and he sounded a little different.
When Ken got back on the phone, all he said was “Hello” so I asked “what was he going to do?” and he said “About what?” and I asked “did he want to go with me?” and all Ken said was “Where?” and I said “Roger’s band is playing tonight and I was going after work and wanted to know if you wanted to go with me?” and he laughed and said “You did?” and I asked what the problem was….here it turns out his father, my future Father-In-Law has the same first name, so when I asked for Ken, his father pretended to be him and took the call to find out who his son was seeing and where he was going. Apparently it was not the first time his father intercepted the phone calls, so I didn’t call the house much after that and was a bit nervous when I met his Dad a few weeks later.
Needless to say, I have been reminded numerous times over the years that I was not interested in my husband because I asked his father out FIRST.