2. Cell phone
3. Money for a taxi
5. The speed-dial phone number of your “contact’ person” – the friend who knows exactly where you are going – with whom (Name, Rank, Serial Number) and, at what time…
Get Smart: Trust your gut
Always trust your intuition. There are certain logical guidelines for an initial meeting. You know when something is not right. Don’t bring or wear valuables. It’s a coffee date – not show and tell. (Leave the bling and the credit cards at home.)
If you are feeling strangely uncomfortable with the person –not just nervous- excuse yourself. It happens. If you feel compelled to provide an explanation, say you have to make a phone call, have to move your car, or meet a friend or get to work.
The Great Escape
Men and women both need ‘an escape hatch’ in a truly uncomfortable situation. Let’s say you finally meet the ‘great date’ and you notice the ‘Mr.non-smoker’ reeks of smoke and has cigarettes peeking out of their pocket. Time to go.
What if photo you saw online is of a petite brunette and the stout, much older person sitting across the table has totally white hair?
Evidently, the photograph supplied is over 10 years old. Call them Integrity issues or Deal breakers?
Trust your instinct
Rather than just saying ‘Get Lost,’ the polite thing to do is: thank the person you’ve met, excuse yourself, leave money for your half of the bill, and walk away. Call your ‘contact person’ and update them.
Police suggest having a good clean escape plan: tell at least one person where you’re going- whom you are meeting, at what time. You might suggest that person call you after a pre determined time to check in on you. No, this is not silly.
First Date Tips:
1. Always meet in a public, well-lighted place. Never meet in your home.
2. Let a friend know where you’re going; also give the other persons name. No, you can’t be too careful.
3. Have the friend call you 15 minutes into the date. This can also be an ‘escape’ if the date if isn’t going well.
4. Meeting for a glass of wine? One should be your limit. No, I am not kidding. Be sober and smart.
5. Always: ‘Google’ the guy or gal. Check Facebook and Linkedin.
Note: Click here: Washington D.C.’s police department recommends the following tips.