I know it's been a long time since I've been on a first date (ours was September 19, 2006), but I am pretty sure that if a dude had taken me to the OG on the first date, it would have significantly harmed his chances for a second date. Not because I didn't like Olive Garden, or because I was a snob who wanted a 5 star restaurant. I was a totally different kind of snob. I would have immediately assumed that a guy who wanted to go to Olive Garden was a generic kind of guy, and wasn't for me.
My ideal first date would have been some sort of hole in the wall place that serves authentic Thai or Indian or Ethiopian or Vietnamese. A place with character, that isn't a chain. Bonus points if the guy was a little scruffy, a whole lot geeky, and was a bit of a hipster without, you know, intentionally going out of his way to be a hipster. [I know, I know. But a girl likes what a girl likes.]
So how does that compare with my first date with Justin? We went to a bar. And I'm pretty sure we went to a bar for our next couple of dates too. We drank beer, played pool, and had a really good time. If I couldn't compete with my date on who had had been to the most amazing indie rock concerts in the smallest venue a few years before anyone had even HEARD of them, I was definitely up for competing in games of skill.
I'm glad he didn't take me to Olive Garden almost 7 years ago, because I think we quickly would have run out of things to talk about and it would have ended there. Instead, our dates were more like two friends hanging out and less like interviews. Which is important, if you end up marrying the guy and making adorable little girls together down the road.
Gratuitous adorable little girl picture:
|Today was technically their first day in Preschool 2 and Toddler 2.|
So let's talk about first dates...what's your ideal date, and how does it compare with the first date with your significant other? What's the best first date you have ever been on? The worst?