“To date or not to date that is the question” … Your preference might be online dating, speed dating, random blind dates selected by friends, hooking up with the guy at the book or music store, grab a friend of a friend or Facebook … take your pick!
Your last date is a blur and seems eons ago! In order to avoid bat infestation of the cobwebs, or get over the solitude after a long term breakup that numbed your very fragile, obtuse headache of the dating game you throw in the towel and forget the bad apples of the past.
The DATE could be a Nightmare on Elm Street or Princess Diaries! Here we compile a few guidelines and tips to help prep you for the dating arena.
That first awkward moment, nerves overflow. You feel like a school girl expecting the unexpected. On first encounter you both fumble and stumble. Your whole outlook at this moment is based on physical appearance, what car he drives, will he pay for the bill, is he funny, smart, or just plain boring! The picture you had imprinted in your mind is clashes with this reality! Do you plan a great escape or eat and drink first? Got to dash on account of the jippo guts!
Oh no – who is this guy, what planet did he hail from? He most definitely painted a fantasy picture / or your friends put him on a pedestal / that picture he posted definitely doesn’t remotely resemble him at all – EWWWWN!
Avoid those awkward moments of silence or opt for over consumption of the truth liquor, briefly calming the nerves. Armed with no inhibitions you brutally blurt out truths inclusive of yourself or make assumptions aimed towards your date – he runs for the hills calling it quits before dinner is served.
You decide to under dress, portraying a nun. Or you parade in a skimpy outfit best fit for a cheap call girl. First impressions last! Make your imprint – he most definitely will not forget this picture. Or on the flip side, he either hails from a very reserved back ground or a Brak Pan Jerry Springer home boy. The better option of style is definitely neutral, whilst he observes you his is free to use his imagination and figure you out for YOU.
You don’t get the Kent style and he admiring his physique and hairdo in the mirror – out you go!
Your ex! As fate would have it you randomly bump into him … at the same place! You quickly suggested a trendy new restaurant elsewhere and exit this sticky situation.
Now the tables have turned – he does not meet you. Send’s messages that he will be late. You wait “patiently” and order wine. Still no arrival even though 2 hours have passed … you wait until the restaurant is packed, quickly pay and exit without causing any shame, no one will notice you’ve actually been stood up!
You eventually made it into an hour of the date, finally. The wine is flowing and so is the excessive conversation, he loses total inhibitions and becomes very crude, rude and Caveman like. Plan B, you call your best boyfriend and nip the date in the butt and whisk you away into safety.
You should be yourself and have a clumsy clot moment which in turn should be received with laughter; should he end up too serious, you know where this date is going.
You should by now know how to read the “yes” and “no’s”! Should the date end well, then a kiss and a follow-up date will suffice. In the negative – then nothing ventured, nothing gained …
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)