Plus, won’t it suck to not be able to walk a few blocks on a nice night because your heels are too high? There’s not much to say here without sounding like a preachy parent, but keep this in mind: Having to be carried home by someone you barely know isn’t fun (nor is slurring your words or crying at the dinner table).
Yeah, we know the whole “fashionably late” ideology still exists, but on a first date, you’ll make a better impression if you show up on time. Sure, a cocktail or two can be fun and loosen the mood, but know your limits.
However, if you offer to pay or split, be prepared to pay or split.
A lack of respect is unacceptable under any circumstances.
But it's especially intolerable on a first encounter, because it's unlikely to improve with time.
Just maybe don’t stalk and accidentally like their Instagram photos—or worse, their ex’s Instagram photos.
No matter how shitty of a day you had at work, or whether the restaurant you’re at has terrible service, or the movie you saw is total crap—try your best to stay positive when getting to know someone.
A tactful way to do this is to simply reach for the check when it comes.
If your date insists, offer to split the bill, or at least leave the tip.
Au contraire: Someone who mirrors your personality, tastes and temperament is likelier to be your soul mate than your evil twin.
At some point you'll be ready to move out of your brain (which brought you to this crossroads) and into your heart (which will show you the path to follow ahead).
It’ll alleviate any anxiety he’s having about whether he’s showing you a good time, and it’ll just make you more fun to be around, pure and simple.