Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to the first guest blogger here on Single, Party of One. I met Elizabeth Hyndman this summer through some friends and I knew from her love of Gilmore Girls and her Pumpkin-Snickerdoodle Cookies that she was good people. Check out her blog (I especially love the “Friday Five”) at edhyndman.com.
Here’s what Elizabeth has to say about the beloved third wheel situation:
“It won’t be weird,” say couples everywhere when referring to the group date they just invited you to. And sometimes it isn’t. However, I’d venture to say the majority of third-wheel times include at least one awkward moment, if not an entire awkward evening.
Because couples don’t always realize that, we singles are often looking for a way to get out of group-date-alone scenarios. I came up with a few excuses legitimate reasons to miss out.
1. Make other plans.
And it’s totally okay for those other plans to be sitting at home in your sweat pants catching up on TV or watching the Katy Perry movie before it leaves RedBox (we’re counting this as one of the pros of your current relationship status). The important thing is to keep it pretty vague. Just simply state, “Aw, I hate to miss out, but I have plans.”
2. Be sick.
Keep it simple. That way, you can do that trick where you say, “I’m sick…” aloud and then finish the sentence with a mumbled, “…of being your third wheel.”
3. Wash your hair.
Perhaps this lame old excuse will clue your friends in to the fact that you’re not so enthusiastic about the idea of being the only one without a partner for game night.
Tell your friend point-blank that you will no longer participate in group dates unless they provide you with a date. Use caution with this approach, though. You don’t want to be stuck with someone like Jackson’s cousin Rune (obscure Gilmore Girls reference? yes.).
5. Write a blog post about how much you don’t like being the third wheel.
True story: back when there was Xanga, I wrote a post on this very issue that simply said, “I hate tricycles.” (My Xanga was nothing if not over-dramatic.) If you don’t want to write a post, feel free to just share a link to this one on the facebook event wall. Passive-aggressive tactics are always the best way to resolve an issue.
How do you get out of being a third (or fifth, or seventh, etc.) wheel?