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.
When my friend Meredith decided to join JDate, the biggest online Jewish dating network, I encouraged her participation, but I didn't follow suit. The idea of uploading flattering photos, filling out mile-long surveys, and presenting the well thought-out, wittier version of myself had no part in my lackadaisical lifestyle. The notion of engaging in cheeky e-banter and phone calls exhausted me; I had no idea how I would have any energy left to set up dates and subsequently go on them. Besides, I had a boyfriend.
Looking for love can be about as much fun as having your teeth cleaned. Forget about the mundane dinner and movie. Kristine Kern, self-described as "one of the dating masses" talks to Dave Singleton, author of Behind Every Great Woman There’s a Fabulous Gay Man: Advice from a Guy Who Gives It to You Straight and The Mandates: 25 Real Rules for Successful Gay Dating. Together they came up with a few refreshing first date ideas that can help you get a better idea of your prospective partner. Also included: bad first date ideas.