Done With Duck Hunt

No amount of levels or rules or dealbreakers will save you from a game you don't want to play anymore. At least not this week.

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3 October 2009

Writing about dates and dudes several times a week makes every man I interact with a puzzle in some sort of wicked hard but dated old school video game. Like a rookie version of duck hunt, I’ve outgrown this game. But rather than moving to the next level, I’m in circle of recurrent ducks. The nebulous next level likely won’t even do anything for me, but I keep trying. Some people ask me if I just like the chase and the challenge. No, I actually hate challenging chases. I’m in serious need of a whole new game.

girl with a gunReading former dating articles – pages and pages recounting dates and tactics and rules and strategies seem tired. I’ve written that book, and now I need to write something else. Oh, don’t get me wrong, if you aim to continue playing duck hunt, those rules are your koran. They work for all purposes involving shooting ducks, and shouldn’t be tossed until completely mastered. But no amount of levels or rules or dealbreakers can save a girl from a game she no longer cares to play.

Maybe it was something my brother said or the fact that a guy I once loved all but proposed to me, to which I kindly declined. It could be the weather or my book or the extra time I’ve been spending in yoga, but lately, I have been feeling like maybe I’m in the market for a different game. I started to feel like this several months ago. Wondering how I could successfully channel this new energy – with the awakening comes insatiable writing ability – I called a favorite ex to inquire.

“Despite how you portray your dating life in writing, you are a psychologist. That means you can be quiet and listen for longer than anyone would guess. It may help to think of your date as the main character. Let them have the mic for a change.”

Sometimes exes are so smart. Although his idea would likely make for a less interesting date as my stories are probably more entertaining than most dudes I meet. But for the past couple months I’ve been mulling over this plan. I haven’t proceeded to implementing it, what with ascending curiosity my dates have regarding my column, rules and such. But moving forward, I’m going to try to put down the gun and listen. Surely there is a lot more to explore than my tired thoughts on dating.

Emma Dinzebach


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