21st February 2008

Double-Book Yourself for a Successful First Date!


Double-book Yourself for a Successful First Date!


At this point you are thinking to yourself that I must be crazy! First dates are so nerve racking to begin with, why on earth would you want to Double-Book yourself, isn’t that your worst nightmare? It is, when its not planned, and suddenly your friend calls you in the middle of your date wondering why you haven’t shown up yet. But, if you double-book yourself on purpose, your “first date” will be stress free and safe!

Now that I have your attention, let me explain this to you a little more. You have just met some amazing person (online, or at the mall, or where ever). Fact is, you probably don’t know them all too well at this point. Well yes, that is the point of a first date- to get to know them. You don’t know this person’s background, true personality or anything else but what you quickly talked about upon first meeting. Unfortunately we live in a time where charming strangers can be closet killers, or interesting people online can be boring losers in reallife. This is where Double-booking yourself comes into play!


Set up your date as you would normally, go out for dinner or head to an amusment park (what ever you like to do) but also make plans with your friends to ‘tentatively’ head out for drinks or meet up that night. In doing so, you have done yourself two great services 1. reduce the stress of the first date and 2. added a safety check incase thing go wrong.


  1. Beleive it or not, but double-booking yourself can actually ease the stress of a first date for BOTH people involved. Upon setting up the date, tell him/her that you kinda have plans to meet up with friends for drinks later that night. This takes off the stress of being stuck in a bad date all night if you two don’t seem to click. So, if your date turns out to be a total loser, you can simply end the date by saying you have to meet your friends in a bit. Bid goodbye and file that date under “experiences”. The same principal works for your date too. If he/she isn’t feeling the vibe, they can let you head off with your friends later on. There is no pressure to “seal the deal” and take the date late into the evening.


  2. “Safety first” is always a good motto – even when attempting innocent romance. There are far too many creepy people in this world, and you might be about to head out on a date with one of them! By setting up tentative plans with friends, you have made them aware that your heading out on a date that night. They know when, where, and with who. If things do go horribly wrong on your date, at least you have people who will be calling you and looking for you later that night. Now don’t get me wrong, not all people are out to kidnap you; this also applies to those random accidents on dates (car accident, run out of gas some place on the highway..the list continues). If for some reason you don’t call or show up, you at least have people who will be looking for you and can help you out if needed.


“Ah but wait” you say! “What if the date goes well”. Perfect! Congrats! You can call up your friends and cancel drinks that night. These were tentative plans anyway, and I’m sure your friends will smile and understand. Or, bring your new hot date out for drinks and introduce him/her to your friends! If you plan to date, you will have to introduce them at some point anyway.

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