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Here's how the first episode of Dating in the Dark went down. Three single men. Three single women. They meet for the first time in the dark, all sitting at a conference table. Each single makes first impressions of his or her dating options based on voices, accents (there were a few foreign, Australia and England, in the mix) and question responses.
Hello there, single ladies. Yes, that's right. We're looking at you. Not to worry, though. We are fully on your side. But, we also did take silent note recently at a gathering of our dinner club, comprised of working women who are single, attractive, smart and successful (catches, one might say) who were sitting single in a room.
I screwed up last night. Bigtime. I had a date with the last of the eHarms batch. Mr. Grand Finale and I had been playing phone tag for months. Finally we nailed down a date and time. 8:00, Opia Lounge. But first I pre-partied at a Glamour BBQ in the West Village, and that’s where the trouble began. Here’s what went down on my blind date.
Ever gone on a date with a guy, expected to hear from him but, for reasons you don't understand, he never calls you back? We're guessing the answer is yes. Author, matchmaker and dating coach Rachel Greenwald knows a thing or two about this subject. She asked 1,000 men why they didn't call women back, and the results are in her book, conveniently titled, "Why He Didn't Call You Back: 1,000 Guys Reveal What They REALLY Thought About You After Your Date." The book contains actionable advice about how to ace a first date.
Dating expert Rachel Greenwald, author of Why He Didn't Call You Back, talks about dating etiquette, first date tips and how to make sure you get a second date. "To me a successful first or second date is simply an invitation to go out again. You can't really get to know who the person is deep down until you spend more time with them, so the lack of a follow-up date invitation means that someone has quickly stereotyped you."
You've heard it before, but I'm not going to browbeat you about the immorality of going all the way on the first night. I'm also not going to say that you're likely to drive away relationship material if, as the adage goes, the man "gets the milk for free." (If that drives him away, then be glad you're seeing the taillights.) No, take it from a man who knows: there's a hidden reason that—if you do it right—you should never have sex on a first date.
Having a wingman on a date is pretty sweet deal. It's nice to have someone to deflect some of the awkwardness, hence the invention of the double date. It's particularly helpful on a blind date. But, if you're not a teenager, it's a little bit of a weird thing to get into. A couple of guys, Dave and Ethan, show adults how it's done.
What's the worst date you've ever been on? Love Buzz heard a hilarious story last night that we must relate. A friend of YourTango, who shall go unnamed, went on a blind date with a man whose appearance she compared to a bad version of Woody Allen. (Great if you're into geeks—if not, well, hopefully he had other assets.)
When looking for love, most singles leave no stone unturned. There are more and more creative ways to meet men—speed dating, singles rock-climbing, Facebook—but while online dating has made placing personal ads de rigueur, blind dates still get a bad rap. While no one wants to listen to their dental hygienist's neighbor's son snort laugh through dinner, a thoughtful setup—done right—can get you a pleasant evening, and maybe the love of your life.
Communication response times have come far from the days of smoke signals. We can send and receive messages in the blink of an eye via text, phone, e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, instant message, the list goes on. This is a good thing. Except when it's not. For example, on the occasions when you really need to return a bad blind date's or your mother-in-law's phone call. It would be rude not to, but it's late, your throat is bone dry from talking all day and there's a Scrubs rerun on TV. A text might come off as too curt, an e-mail as inviting of further dialogue. Wouldn't it be nice to just leave a voicemail, thereby putting the ball back into your recipient's court?
And you can, with CrazyBlindDate.com. The web site coordinates spur-of-the-moment, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants dates in cities across the country. Here's where the "crazy" comes in: They match you up, tell you where to meet your mystery man, and you find him in a crowded bar or coffee shop. Like, tonight.
Tango suggests some conversation topics to make your first date a little less awkward. Such as...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?
How about on your next date you try making a true blind date. A number of eateries are starting to specialize in dark dining. Patrons put on a blindfold and let the rest of their senses take over. The servers help to prevent too many spills so that diners not totally "in the dark." Maybe spice up your next romantic outing by taking your date to a dark restaurant and see if you can hear, taste, feel, and smell those sparks fly.