In our discussion, Mary Ellen said the guy could not enjoy killing animals for sport; my brother would nix a woman without a job. Ericka would say no to someone who hated kids and Kyle wouldn’t tolerate a smoker. When it got to me, I kind of panicked so I simply said that any woman I picked had to get along with Mary Ellen. Everyone laughed, except my wife. I think she read too much into it.
Talking about dealbreakers reminded me of my friend Heidi who once went out with a guy she met online. She said he seemed very nice and apparently they had a lot in common. But after the first date she wrote him off because he ordered two Chinese dishes to share and they were both all chicken. She thought this reflected someone with a total lack of imagination. Plus, she complained, it was hard to eat while riding in the hot air balloon.
My sister wasn’t sure what we’d like, so she prepared two entrees: chicken parmigiana and chicken piccata. They were really delicious and we all had a great time, but I don’t think Heidi would have enjoyed the evening.