A guy contacted me on a dating site and we emailed a few times and chatted on the phone once. On Tuesday, he invited me out for dinner on Friday and I accepted. I didn't feel a real connection in those conversations, but the guys I do feel connections with end up being no bueno (not good), so I thought I'd challenge myself. In the interval between the invitation and the date, my gut reaction became clearer that I didn't want to go (and I've learned to always trust my gut in the dating arena -- even when I've ignored it, it usually turns out to be right). I wanted to cancel because (1) I didn't think it was nice of me to let this guy pay for my dinner when I was pretty sure it wouldn't go anywhere and (2) I just didn't want to go -- I would have rathered sit at home with my dog and watch TV. But I didn't because I didn't want to hurt his feelings (rejecting him before even meeting him seemed harsh). So I went and we managed a decent conversation; he's a nice guy, just not the nice guy for me. He paid, there was an awkward hug at the end, and I haven't heard from him since.
What say you? Should I have canceled? Gone ahead with it like I did? (I didn't consider going and paying for myself because, well, if I was in charge of my dinner that night, I would have had it at home alone.)