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Dating can be pretty hit or miss.

But sometimes you end up on a date with someone who really surprises you. When Redditor lakecake78 asked the online community "What's the cutest date you've ever been on?" the answers were as heartwarming as you might have anticipated.


"An all day date."

An all day date. Back when I was in high school I had a crush on this guy for a few months, and he FINALLY asked me out. Texted me the night before and was like "hey, I have rowing later in the day. Can we do a movie at like 10am?" I was totally fine with it, so that was our plan. He came, picked me up, and we saw the movie —- after the fact he looked at me and told me that he wanted to blow off the rest of his plans for the day and spend it with me. The second activity was bowling, which I'm atrocious at. I told him this, and he said that he was super good at bowling and maybe it would rub off on me, which I said maybe I'd be lucky this time.

So every time we would take our turns, after his he would make a BIG show of "wiping off" his body and "rolling" all of his luck into a ball and throwing it to me (it was actually the best I've ever bowled). From there we went to dinner, and then went to every dock around the lake that we live on. On the final dock, we were skipping rocks and he kissed me — it was my first kiss and I was literally shaking excited and nervous. It wasn't anything SUPER special, but I'll always remember it.

cvssies

"I still take her out to the darkest areas I can find..."

I took my now wife to Steak n Shake for the first time, then drove her out in my truck to a cornfield in the middle of nowhere to see the stars and lightning bugs coming from the field. She's an LA girl and had never seen stars or that many lightning bugs before. Seeing her face light up when I walked her to the field and she looked up and saw all those stars was the moment I fell deeply in love with her.

And then a wave of lightning bugs came out of the corn and she gasped and had this huge smile and I fell even harder. It was absolutely adorable. We then went back to Steak 'n Shake to get shakes.

I still take her out to the darkest areas I can find to see the stars. Her face still lights up as soon as she looks up. I've never seen anything that beautiful in my life. I end up staring at her more than the stars.

fireinvestigator113

"I miss that ex."

We went to a botanical garden and geeked out over all the cool plants they had.

God damn, I miss that ex.

Burn-after-use223

"It was hardly a date."

It was hardly a date. We both just decided to meet in the city. We rode the tram and went to the Saturday Market. I dont remember where we ate or how to date came to a close. I just remember her. She had that spark from the first moment, we both really laughed with each other and acted like we had known each other our whole lives even though we complete strangers hours beforehand. Never could plan something so perfect.

IWearBones138

"I gave my buddies $20 for pizza."

Our first valentines date, I bought a shit ton of glowsticks, a small stereo system and my laptop to school to set up for our after school date (we were in highschool).

Thing is, I can't set up sh!t AND be on a date at the same time. I had my buds secretly set up everything I bought for the date as me and her were eating.

I scouted a pavilion at a river side park, I had them set up the glow sticks in a path leading to it, ending in a heart in the center of the pavilion with my laptop playing a playlist of "our songs". After our meal we went for a walk in the park and oh what do you know, "hey look lights!" and away we went. We danced for like 10-15 minutes before we got cold.

I gave my buddies $20 for pizza. They are the real mvps of that date.

xauching

"The next date we ended up..."

Giphy

Met up for greek food. In ten minutes I had realized that I had never met anyone like her. Interesting, interested, smart as a whip, funny, and gorgeous. We ended up hanging out for the next six hours, just walking around, eventually going to her buddy's shop where I met her friends (who were all cool).

The next date we ended up hanging out for most of the night, and neither of us wanted to drive home so we set up a hammock in a park and fell asleep. I still have a picture of her head poking out of the hammock, the next morning with the sun rising behind her, making her smile glow even more. She even said that my chest was like a perfect pillow (which really meant a lot to me).

Coming up on our one year!

BlueComms

"Walked around the zoo..."

Walked around the zoo, started to downpour, everyone left except us and we kept on walking around soaking wet. I told him how romantic it was that he shut down the whole zoo for our date. Then we went home and banged. Loved him. It was super cute.

vikinghooker

"...and I still wanted to go to the beach."

Soon after meeting him I had fractured my pelvis while exercising. I was really sad because I was on crutches and couldn't do much but it was summer and I still wanted to go to the beach.

He was really in-shape so he told me to meet him outside. He told me to follow him. So I crutched along side him and when I got to the hill, he picked me up like a princess and carried me down the hill. Then I crutched along longer and we got to the sand. I couldn't walk with crutches in the sand so he picked me up and carried me to the water. I was medically cleared to swim, just not walk. It was so much fun.

We broke up, but he was a super sweet guy.

KellynHeller

"He took me out for pie."

He took me out for pie. I had a piece of the best ever strawberry, cream cheese pie. Fast forward a couple of weeks later, I'm sitting at home the day after a minor surgery, recuperating. The doorbell rings and at the door is someone from the restaurant with a whole strawberry cream cheese pie for me that my then boyfriend (now husband) had ordered for me.

Manicknitter8

"I think I'll always remember that."

On our first ever date after being together long distance for 6 months, a group of older folks paid for our meal. It was a fancier Mexican restaurant so it was quite expensive. The waitress just said something like "Those folks over there said they'll be paying your bill. They said you two are a very cute couple." Needless to say it was very encouraging for us, and here we are 6+ years later. I think I'll always remember that.

Lady_Elfreda

"Went to a nice restaurant and talked."

Went to a nice restaurant and talked. We took a look at the prices and was like nah, let's get appetizers and buy something cheaper. Ended up driving an hour away to this waterfall by the cliffs of the beach and picked up pizza along the way. Proceeded to cuddle and talk with no one or lights around for miles under the moon for 3 hours. We ended up spending 7 hours together the first date.

ostriah

"...and we made maple syrup together."

Giphy

He took me to his family's sugar shack at night and we made maple syrup together. It was also kind of the middle of nowhere, so he packed a basket of yummy food that we ate there. Then we went back to his house afterwards, and we chilled in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate. That was our first date in 2011 (we were friends before that) and we're still together!

cleanout

"We went to the pedestrian bridge downtown..."

We went to the pedestrian bridge downtown, took cute pictures, shared some cute kisses, held hands while walking around the city, went and got drinks, did a little cute dancing with each other, and finished it off with some cute sex that was oddly really emotional.

lineman77

"We spent like an hour..."

We spent like an hour in a McDonalds parking lot after seeing a movie just talking (and eating of course) and learning a lot about each other.

Not exactly the cutest but it was very fun and intimate. I'm sure we've had cuter but I blocked a lot of it out.

___happyplace

"A few years ago..."

A few years ago, it was the first time meeting a girl that I'd been talking to for a few weeks. We started off at a pub, then climbed a mountain and listened to the Lion King Soundtrack while drinking wine and looking over the city.

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
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