First dates can be killer.
But what do I know? I’ve only had one.
19 years ago today on March 7, 1993 I took Kelcy out on a real date. No Mom driving us to the mall. No drop-off at Skate-Estate. This was a bona-fide date. I had gotten my license, borrowed Mom’s car, and given her Dad a firm handshake when I picked her up. Off we went to the Oakdale Mall to the movies. (Remember that?)
Here’s a few things I wouldn’t recommend for a first date:
Mistake #1 – Do NOT race your friend to your first date.
I happened to merge onto Rt 17 right behind my buddy. He was on the way, with his girlfriend, to double-date with us at the movie. It only seemed natural that I, being on a first date, would have to “win” the drive to the mall. When we passed 80 (really moving for Mom’s minivan) I noticed Kelcy’s knuckles turning white as she gripped her armrest. How odd…
Mistake #2 – DO NOT ask your cheapskate buddy to be your wingman.
Like I said, my buddy and his girlfriend met us at the movie, a Sunday afternoon matinee. I was so relieved. I need the support, because I was pretty stinkin’ nervous. The moment we walk to the box office he turns to me and says, “I don’t really wanna spend the six bucks on the tickets. I’ll see ya later.” And off he went, disappointed girlfriend in tow. I wonder why they eventually broke up…
Mistake #3 – DO NOT ask your first date to “go steady” with you before the movie is over.
Or do. Whatever works. I did. The movie stunk. I didn’t care anyway. The moment of opportunity arrived. Our hands met in the popcorn bucket. I turned to her and whispered, “So, is this just a date, or are we, like, going out?” She said, “I don’t know. What do you want it to be?” I seized the moment, replying a little louder, “I want to be going out.” We held hands…
The rest is history.
From that moment on Kelcy and I were “a couple”. Thank God we never broke up. I tell people I found the most beautiful girl in the world and hung on for dear life. That’s one of the few really smart decisions I have ever made.
Tonight I get to watch a movie with her to celebrate our 19 years as “a thing”. Maybe I’ll even get to hold her hand.