Well that title is misleading because, let's face it, I am quite the amateur dater. However, I have some pretty strong opinions on the subject. Obviously. I hate playing games. HATE IT. I apologize for my SHOUTY CAPITALS this whole finding-the-love-of-my-life-thing gets me all hot and bothered. Orrrrrrr that may be the Fifty Shades of Gray I've been reading like a true maniac for the past few days. Don't even get me started on that relationship. I digress.
I recognize the need for people to appear unjerky (is that a word...well it is now) when it comes to the opposite sex. No one wants to be the asshole. I get it. What most people, and by people I mean men, do not realize is that nice guys finish last! I kid. Sort of. I do not want you to keep engaging in conversation/email/text/gchat with me if you are not interested in a romantical way. That's not being nice, it's being stupid. I would much rather prefer that you lie to me: tell me I'm awesome but you don't see it going any further and we both move on with our lives. I won't keep texting you with the hope that you'll actually ask me to hang out. You won't text me back small talk. We both win.
On the flip side. If you do want to hold my hand, if you know what I'm saying, then follow through. Make plans. Ahead of time. I'm always down for a last minute hang out, but not as a second date. These plans do not have to include over-priced, mediocre food. That is not the purpose of the plan ahead. When you take the time (even just one day in advance) to ask us what our schedule looks like, it makes it clear that you are interested. You want to know when you can next see my face. Chicks dig that. Trust me.
Got dating questions? Me too!
P.S. I can't help but believe that when I meet the "right person" there will be none of the above involved. The skies will be eternally sunny and all that jazz.