Now I've got a lovely friend who I work with, and he asked my advice on what would be a good date to take a girl on. Now, I consider myself a bit... awkward when it comes to dating. For example, I would almost immediately say no if a guy I liked suggested the cinema as a first date. Now if I liked him lots, I'd suggest something different, but if I didn't then that would be it.
I'm of the impression that the first few dates should be sociable affairs, which you just can't do. Add to that a variance in film tastes and you're really setting yourself up for disaster.
Now I told my little friend this, and he seemed to take it on board. Unfortuntaly some of the other guys overheard and started to say my advice was wimpy and he needed some good manly advice... the main suggestion being the cinema!!!
So two questions:
1) Cinema as a date: yes or no?
2) What would be your ideal date? Would it depend how well you knew the person? (E.g. you were friends first/you just met in a pub last week). What would be appropriate as a first date?
Ohh, ok, I'm going to throw in an extra question as well:
3) How do you like to be asked out, or do the asking out? Do you stick to traditional gender boundaries (guy asks girl out)? Does one date make you officially a couple? At what point must you stop seeing other people?
EDIT: Also, who pays? Guy? Girl? Even split? Take turns?