My many-hyphenate friend Maria—a Chinese-Cuban artiste-fashionista—emailed yesterday with an 11th-hour relationship dilemma:
More from YourTango: Hosting Together? Scrumptious Christmas Recipes You Have To Try
What are some good topics or questions I can ask during a date if it goes into that awkward silence moment? I'm going out with a Wall Street type, and I'm sure he knows nothing of Latin art and fashion, and I definitely don't know crap about money!
A quick survey of the tangomag.com offices turned up the following:
Sports: What's his favorite hometown team?
News: Was what Spitzer did amoral or perfectly normal?
Ego Boost: Can he explain the whole foreclosure issue to l'il ole you?
Travel: What country is on his dream list to visit?
Food: What was his favorite breakfast cereal as a kid? What's his favorite comfort food? What's his favorite restaurant?
Tech/Time Wastage: What's his guilty pleasure web site?
Okay, it wasn't exactly a controlled experiment, but Maria had exactly t minus 10 minutes till cocktail hour.
According to the postmortem, here's what worked:
More from YourTango: Find Out Who Popped The Question On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"I ended up using two of your topics. We talked about the foreclosure topic, and then when we left to go to another place I asked him what his favorite pub was, and suggested that we could go there. (That is another story too!) Overall the date went well until the awkward good-bye. You were right: he complimented me and told me I looked great. There were no awkward moments of conversation, we talked all night."
Next up on Love Buzz? How to avoid awkward goodbyes.