May 26, 2006, Newsletter Issue #103: Confessions From a Blind Date

Tip of the Week

Online profiles aren't necessarily honest. During your first meeting, you'll want to stay safe and have an exit strategy.
-- Pick a public meeting place you are familiar with -- bookstore cafes and coffeehouses may be more friendly than bars. When discussing the date, tell the other person you have an appointment, a commitment, something you have to do about an hour and a half after the time you agree to meet. This makes for an easy getaway if it isn't going well.
-- If you have alcoholic drinks, drink in moderation. Do not leave your drink, purse, or backpack unattended.
-- If you like the way things go, exchange business cards and make plans for a second meeting. Never get in a car with someone you don't know, or put a stranger in your car. Also avoid giving out your home number (use a cell phone for dating purposes) or address.
-- How to tell if someone is lying: Pay attention to differences between someone's presentation online and in person. Does the guy who writes brilliant prose give you blank stares when you use big words? Does Miss Single have a telltale tan line on her wedding-ring finger? Some veteran daters also recommend staying away from people who say they're "separated." Wait till the divorce is final.

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