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The First Date

By Samara Gentle 10 October 2014 26

Common Grounds Cafe

They say a good impression is all about a first impression, which if you’re meeting someone from an online dating site can be very true!

The first date is not only crucial in securing a second date, but depending on what you choose to do can give you a very cool edge to your potential partner.

In my last post there was lots of you suggesting coffee as a first date because it’s low cost – sure that can be a really good safe option for someone you haven’t met and don’t want to invest a lot of money in. However I have to say it’s slightly boring! The first dates that I remember clearly are the ones that were different and fun, coffee dates – I can barely tell them apart.

Here are my first date suggestions to mix it up and create not only a fun atmosphere but a low pressure one as well:

  1. The Driving Range – if you’re slightly sporty or enjoy having a laugh at yourself the driving range can be a really good opportunity. I’ve done this on a first date before and had an excellent time. You can muck around hitting balls while engaging in general chit chat. If the date goes well you can then suggest coffee somewhere in Kingston or Manuka to keep it going.

http://www.canberragolf.com.au/cms/

  1. Roller Derby – if your date hasn’t been to roller derby before I think it’s a great first date experience. If you run out of things to talk about you can talk about the game, the atmosphere is fun and again you can go for a drink afterwards to extend the date if it’s going well!

http://canberrarollerderbyleague.com/

  1. Teppanyaki – I love love LOVE this as a first date experience. Not only do you get fed but you also get food thrown at you and you can have a giggle at your date if they can’t catch their bowl, but you can! If you’re going to go for a restaurant setting this is the most fun and gives you lots to talk about.

http://www.teppan.com.au

 

What’s your suggestion for a fun first date in Canberra?

What’s Your opinion?


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Samara Gentle 10:26 am 14 Oct 14

PorkChops said :

Great suggestions Samara, but I would save them for a second date if this is the first time you’re meeting in person. I’ve dabbled in online dating in the past and more often than not I’ve been relieved I’ve been able to leave after coffee.

However, if I met someone through work or a social event and I was asked on a date then hell yes, let’s go roller skating!

Oh I definitely should have included roller skating! Thank you 🙂

Samara Gentle 10:25 am 14 Oct 14

farnarkler said :

Samara please read my post properly. I’m not accusing you of anything, merely asking questions. Your initial post suggests you have had a reasonable number of first dates. This in turn suggests you have not found a suitable partner, certainly not one from a coffee date.

We all have certain requirements a potential partner must satisfy. Some may have a list of requirements that only a tiny percentage of the population will ever satisfy. Again I’m not accusing, merely giving an opinion. Do you automatically give a cross (in the context of ticking off requirements on your list) if you’re asked on a coffee date?

I certainly did read your post properly, did you read mine? You’ve made a lot of assumptions about the type of person I am over a suggestive post about different dates to go on to mix things up.

PorkChops 11:38 pm 13 Oct 14

Great suggestions Samara, but I would save them for a second date if this is the first time you’re meeting in person. I’ve dabbled in online dating in the past and more often than not I’ve been relieved I’ve been able to leave after coffee.

However, if I met someone through work or a social event and I was asked on a date then hell yes, let’s go roller skating!

farnarkler 10:29 pm 13 Oct 14

Samara please read my post properly. I’m not accusing you of anything, merely asking questions. Your initial post suggests you have had a reasonable number of first dates. This in turn suggests you have not found a suitable partner, certainly not one from a coffee date.

We all have certain requirements a potential partner must satisfy. Some may have a list of requirements that only a tiny percentage of the population will ever satisfy. Again I’m not accusing, merely giving an opinion. Do you automatically give a cross (in the context of ticking off requirements on your list) if you’re asked on a coffee date?

milkman 7:00 pm 13 Oct 14

Antagonist said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

BenjaminRose1991 said :

milkman said :

If coffee is boring, you’re there with the wrong person.

+100

And another.

I convinced the hottest chick I know to marry me, and we have been very happily married for more than 10 years. I figured out a way to have some fun and get inside her head on the first date – and it worked very well. I didn’t manage that because I settled for a boring coffee date for our first time out (although we do enjoy our coffee outings). I have the runs on the board. You guys are still single. Figure it out 🙂

I’m not single, I’ve been married longer than you.

chewy14 3:11 pm 13 Oct 14

Antagonist said :

chewy14 said :

This sounds very strange to me. You had to “convince” her to marry you?

You make it sound like you were a conman grifting your way into her life. Maybe she just liked you and would have been equally happy with a coffee? I don’t get the need for people to make a first date exciting. If you get on with each other and there’s a connection, surely the venue and activities don’t really matter?

I am punching waaay above my weight. I think ‘convince’ is appropriate. I established a good connection by doing something different; that is, thinking outside the box. Coffee dates? Pffft! That is right up there with trying to meet the woman of your dreams by getting tanked and stumbling around in a nightclub.

Sounds to me like you have a very low opinion of yourself. I think you’re underselling yourself….Well unless you’re this guy:

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/darren-donaghey-wins-punching-above-his-weight-champion-award-for-pulling-hot-fiance-kate-cathart/story-fnet09y4-1226864157052

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