A friend of mine asked me: What are the worst things you can do on a first date?
I wouldn’t say my experience was extensive, but I have enough.
I’d just been out with a guy who didn’t bother to ask one question in the entire hour-and-a-half we spent at Mudsmith’s, which leads me to my #1: Don’t treat your date like open-mic night. It’s a conversation, not a filibuster.
In general, I’ve been surprised by what people will share on first dates. So, #2: Don’t talk too much about your ex. I spent an evening at Cafe Brazil, dissecting this guy’s failed marriage. Afterward, I didn’t know whether to hug him goodbye, or charge him $100 for our therapy session.
#3: Don’t text through your date. No one thinks this makes you look important anymore. What it makes you look like is a jerk.
#4: Don’t get wasted. I know, I know, you’re nervous, and drinking makes you feel cool and heroic. But sloppiness is the opposite of confidence. There’s no better way to dive-bomb a romantic prospect than getting blitzed. And I should know, because I did this for years.
#5: Don’t cry. OK, I’ve also done this. What can I say? The worst things to do on a date are sins I’ve learned the hard way. But I can attest that for both genders, the crying moment is a tough one to walk back from.
Then again, dating is hard. Sometimes the most fitting way to end the night is with a box of Kleenex you can both share.