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Unconventional Dating

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The stereotypical date of dinner followed by a movie is very popular.
I hate it.
I think it's a horrible way to get to know someone new especially if it is a first date.
Who wants to sit alone with someone over dinner and be locked in without being able to leave, then sitting through another two hour event? Stretching out a first date seems foolish to me.
I have one friend who went to a nice French restaurant with a new prospect.
He ordered four courses, plus dessert, for them.
It was the date that wouldn't end, my friend was trapped for hours and hours and she did not feel like she could leave.
Instead of sitting trapped with a new person for hours, just sitting there, why not try doing something more active? It doesn't have to be athletic, miniature golf or bowling will work.
The more ambitious or athletic could try kayaking or hiking.
If that's not your thing, see if there is a carnival or theme park nearby.
You want a setting and activity that will help the conversation flow.
If your golf game is horrible, you and your date can joke about this and have fun with it.
If the scenery is lovely on the river while you're canoeing, you can talk about that.
At a carnival? Win her or him a prize if you can! Because there is something going on, you'll always have something to refer to if conversation lags.
This should get rid of most of the awkwardness we often feel on a first date.
If you insist on clinging to the more traditional date format, and you go to dinner and a movie for your first date, here are some recommendations.
First, switch the order.
Movie, then dinner.
That way you can talk about the movie at dinner.
For dinner, mix it up and try cooking together instead of going to a restaurant.
You'll be busy, plus it is a fairly intimate activity.
If you want a great first date, try for something that is unusual and fun.
Your goal is to make it a memorable evening, and to avoid awkwardness.
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