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Dear Breakup Girl,
Here's the thing, I have a Date. (Joey Lawrence: "Whoa!"). I'm 28, and I can
count the number of first dates I've had on one hand, and the number of second-dates
My problem is simple: somewhere on the Y-chromosome is the gene for "Dating
Ability." Well, mine's recessive.
I don't get it. I have no idea what women want/expect on a first-date. I've
gone overboard, and underboard, trying to convince a woman that I'm slightly
bewildered, totally oddball, but basically respectful -- and worth a second
I once brought a woman a single long-stem rose on our first date. By all outside
appearances, she thought it was wonderful. When I called her the next day, she
asked me never to give her flowers again, and gave me the Just Friends Speech.
So I tried a more laid-back approach on my next first date. Figured that I
didn't have any real expectations, and would simply follow her lead. But I must
have come across as a cold fish. Another JFS.
So, back to the present. I really want her to feel like I'm worthy of a second
date. I don't want to scare her off, and I don't want to bore her away.
Should I hold her hand? Should I put my arm around her in a movie theater?
Does she want/expect a goodnight kiss? If I try and she balks, will she think
I'm too aggressive? If I don't try, will she think I'm too boring? Help!
-- Knee Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst
Part II (Knee Deep wrote us again before we
had the chance to write back!)