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What you want from dating will vary: The best spirit is to combine optimism with a big dollop of humour. Then, whatever the outcome, at least you will have fun, and some good stories, on the way. See your first date as a little taster meeting with another human being. On the day of your first date you will be nervous, and so will the other party, but if you see it as a taster, it takes the pressure off.
As does having a few dates with different people arranged. Make yourself look nice in something you feel good in. I would choose something appropriate for the setting. Definitely not trying hard to look sexy. Most people end up in bed after three or four dates — assuming everything has gone pretty well up until that point 4. I know of several disastrous first dates because one party turned up hammered.
Focus on the other person, on listening and finding out all about them, rather than impressing them about yourself. Sexting in particular is a complicated art, especially for someone who cares about nuance. But I guess that's me, showing my age. Perhaps I should behave like a grown-up and not go in for all this adolescent nonsense. It probably compounds my lack of success, but I find it part of the fun. Married friends say they envy the edginess in my life.
But, believe me, the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue soon turns into a chaise-longueur. The notion of the deep peace of the marital — or at least vaguely familiar — bed fast becomes far preferable. I am fine with the hurly-burly for the time being but don't want it to go on for ever. But in dating I am so often startled by people, in good ways and bad, and that does make me feel life is very far from dull, and maybe there is consolation to be had in that.
I had a blind date with a man who seemed civilised and normal, till he spoke of the persecutions to which he is subject by colleagues, family and the state. He took me to a far corner of London, back to his flat, which I can only describe as fetid. Although he was fastidious in some ways no alcohol; bicycle clips , the place stank of five-month-old brie. One friend said, "If that was the state of his kitchen, God forbid the state of his cock. I had dinner with a man who clearly had no such qualms.
He had one daughter and he waxed lyrical about her from the moment we sat down at the table, throughout the three courses and on into the coffee. He was warm and gentle and this girl sounded terrific but, as I made my way home, I realised that while I could have written her biography, he didn't know how many children I had.
In three hours he had not asked one question other than, "I think we'll have the bordeaux, don't you? I am capable of speaking up and should have been assertive, but couldn't be bothered. No amount of assertion can make up for a person's absence of curiosity. Another man, handsome, smiling, took me aside at a party.
It wasn't a date but he was clearly assessing whether or not he could be arsed to do what it might take to sleep with me. He was polite and warm at first, oh, and he asked me questions. Only they became rather too curious.
As for the question, I had to stop minding about this one long ago. Amazing how many men want to know when a single woman last had sex and feel they have the right to ask. It's mostly the married ones who are prurient. But being blurted into a conversation about the X Factor or whatever bollocks people talk about at parties at 3am, and when his intent was seduction, it seemed all the more crass.
The question of who pays remains a knotty one but should not be about gender politics. It can be about one human being deciding to be kind to another. I expect to pay my way but it feels nice when occasionally I treat someone or they do me.
Also the Cambridge-educated surgeon a single friend found on Guardian Soulmates who took her out several times and then after their fourth jolly evening together, was never heard of again. We speculated for ages about what might have been going on there. I've learned men will insist on asserting their outdoor credentials — sailing, cycling, hiking, sky-diving — even to women like me who don't give a fuck and wish they could find someone who likes to sit on a sofa, and read a book.
If one more person tells me "it will happen when you're least expecting it", I will clobber them. Contrary to popular myth, invitations to middle-aged single women do not dry up, if you're the kind of middle-aged single woman who puts out the vibe loudly and clearly that you are not about to stalk and straddle men who are already spoken for.
More than four years ago, I met my now-partner online, but we had been avoiding each other on the same dating site for a year. A couple becomes sexual immediately without any emotional attachment, and the relationship takes off like a rocket.
Sadly, the relationship crashes and burns nearly as quickly once both people realize there was no real basis for a relationship beyond sex. Oddly, the raw nerves that result after another in a series of crashed rockets surprisingly give many boomers only a temporary pause before they board the next rocket. But do so in a totally different way.
Drop your old, failed type and widen your search parameters. Nothing will make a first date more awkward than someone talking about his or her ex. If your date is holding on to the past, you should move on. Spend time with friends who can help you and who care for you.
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Although he was fastidious in some ways no alcohol; bicycle clips , the place stank of five-month-old brie. I am fine with the hurly-burly for the time being but don't want it to go on for ever. Nothing will make a first date more awkward than someone talking about his or her ex.
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