Want to Meet for Coffee?
"[N]ot coffee dates again.... i hate them!!!!!" chimed one regular reader. And others followed suit. You can read most of the debate in this transcript, but the basic gist was this:
* Those in favor of coffee dates liked that they were a non-committal and safe way to size up a new suitor or Internet date.
* Those opposed found them lacking in atmosphere, originality and romance. A meeting that should have a touch of excitement morphs into an interview or a business transaction when surrounded by lattes and clicking laptops.
One of the hottest reader comments came late in the chat and so we didn't get time to post many responses. A reader in favor of coffee dates wrote that the cheap and easy dates are a good solution to the "time consuming, expensive and emotionally draining" world of Internet dating. S/he then wrote, "And isn't all post-college dating about trying to dazzle a person in a short amount of time?"
Is that true? Whether it's at a restaurant, bar or baseball game, I'd like to think that dates are more than just trying to be a really awesome version of yourself for the short duration. But then I think back to a post I wrote in this space a couple years ago. Dating in this town is tricky because everyone's so scheduled with work, yoga, kickball, school, etc.
Anyway, we didn't want to see the conversation end there, so let us know what you think in the comments. What makes a good (and safe) first date for the chemistry.com crowd? What could make it even better? Sova, a suggestion Fritz made in the chat, is on my short list of good date spots. Here's a longer one. Add to it in the comments below.
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