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The Fool-Proof First Date

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by Amelia Rainey (subscribe)
There was a universal sense that what we were doing was right... Non-gonzo journalism is the watermark where the wave broke.
Published February 19th 2013
Stop googling 'first date ideas'
Everyone who can distantly remember the single life shares the same recurring nightmare - gorgeous guy, blooming romance ... choosing the location of The First Date. Cue frantic Googling, meetings with 'colleagues' and general going nuts. How we long for a place universally perfect for a first date. Well, there isn't one. But this one is pretty good. Just say: "Meet me in the City". Why?

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It's One-Size-Fits-All:
There are boundless possibilities in the city. Food lover? Hardware Lane has it's own website. Music? Hang out at Billy Hyde or Cranbourne Music. Literature? This odd bookshop or Kill City. Better yet, let them show you their favourite places.

No Awkward Silences:
Because they're a killer on first dates. Walking through the city gives you plenty to discuss - weird people, shops, events and buskers are just a few.

Good Impressions:
Walking for hours scouring back-alleys makes you look active and cultured; and it shows you can have fun without spending money!

Ammunition:
Discover what they like. Get excuses for the next date (that gallery that wasn't open today, the awesome restaurant, "you like markets? I LOVE them!"). Or build up an arsenal of cool places for the new date with the less boring guy.

No Time Frame:
Like each other? Hang out until night, there's nighlife all around you. Hate each other? Steer yourselves back to Flinders and "my train is coming in 5min".

Find out the other reasons for yourself. Try it out: just say "meet me on the steps".
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I would hate a first date walking around the city. I would think the guy has not thought of anything and is winging it! Also I would want to wear heels - that is not going to work for night of walking! Patricia Higginbottom
by karin (score: 0|8) 2483 days ago
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