Surprisingly - well, surprising to me - she found someone cool. Someone non-psychotic. Someone I was actually interested to meet. We exchanged some emails for a few days, eventually deciding to get together and go to Dave and Buster's with a bunch of my friends last Friday. From this evening together, I have comprised tonight's Thursday Thirteen (#12):
(in classic Good Idea/Bad Idea form)
Good Idea: Having a cute Australian accent.
Bad Idea: Faking a bad Australian accent.
Good Idea: Not stressing about financial issues - you get the first round, she gets the next, etc.
Bad Idea: Completely ignoring financial issues - she picks up the tab for everything because you're always "in the loo" when the bill comes.
Good Idea: Asking "getting-to-know-you" questions throughout the evening.
Bad Idea: Asking "getting-in-your-pants" questions throughout the evening.
Good Idea: Winning a plastic back scratcher and then using it to jokingly poke your date.
Bad Idea: Winning a plastic back scratcher and then using it to "jokingly" look up your date's skirt.
Good Idea: Making your date laugh by posing Elmo in funny positions through the arcade.
Bad Idea: Making your date uncomfortable by being found with Elmo in compromising positions through the arcade.
Good Idea: Giving all your tickets to your date.
Bad Idea: Intimidating small children into giving all their tickets to your date.
Good Idea: Battling wits with your date while playing skeeball.
Bad Idea: Brawling with your date by throwing skeeballs.
Good Idea: Making friendly conversation with your date's friends.
Bad Idea: Making sketchy passes at your date's friends.
Good Idea: Helping your date win at Super Trivia, even when it breaks and the lasting trivia question is whether or not to send an error report to Microsoft.
Bad Idea: Sabotaging your date in Super Trivia by making sh*t up about Irish political factions.
Good Idea: Accepting an invitation in for strawberry pie and conversation before going home.
Bad Idea: Inviting yourself in for strawberry pie and conversation while refusing to go home.
Good Idea: Asking her to meet your friends when they come to America for a visit.
Bad Idea: Asking her to marry your friends when they come to America for a green card.
Good Idea: Sending an email as your date drives home to thank her for the evening.
Bad Idea: Stalking your date as she drives home to make sure she can't escape.
Good Idea: Giving your date a gentlemanly kiss on the cheek at the evening's end.
Bad Idea: Giving your date an ungentlemanly grope on the boob at the evening's end.
Fortunately for me, Aussie Boy had a 100% success rate with the Good Ideas. Which is why I'm going out with him and his friends tomorrow night. ;)
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