Let's discuss what not to do on a first date. Naturally from our angle of the game. If it works for you otherwise, please don't follow instructions. Use your own brain. It's there to be used. So here we go -
2. Don't be too needy
Whingy wailers waiting to be picked up on the white war-horse are passe, girls. So don't yell for the Knight - unless really, truly in need. If one is drowning and can't swim, there's no ruddy point in being a feminist, right?
Scream your head off in that case and let's hope he remembers to jettison the heavy armor before the rescue attempt. If he doesn't, forgo the neediness and stay independent - because iron sinks quicker.
3. Don't be an ultra strong Amazon
In this day and age of equality, someone might take it in their head to have you rescue them instead.
6. Don't count the chickens too soon
Or let him count them for you. Any discussion about a joint chicken farm should be postponed until you know each other fried, broiled, and poached - unless, of course, it's one of those love at first sight things, then you can postpone the rude awakening for later.
7. Don't be vague
If someone tells you outright that they're looking for a life partner to bear their name, their sons, and their joint family burden and you seem to fit the bill, be very, very clear.
If someone is forward enough to ask you something like, "How are you going to produce babies if you never marry?" you should by no means be backward in bringing the chap up-to-date on relationships unencumbered by the wedding ring, not to mention additionally the many recent advances on the scientific frontier.
13. Don't talk until the cows come home
Especially if your pet subject is yourself - whatever your mother and the music industry says, to know you is not to love you from absolutely every view-point - some people can actually have a conflicting love interest - themselves.
14. Don't be an adoring audience to a self-admirer
Why be an uncritical mirror when you can be a critical human being? So leave off the 'Oh, wows' in such cases and bring on the 'Oh, reallys'. If the personal exploits get too wild, you can revert to being admiring - one must always admire a good story-teller - it's called being an art patron.
16. Don't let the guy get away
If he makes you laugh the entire evening. To paraphrase Joanne Woodward, sexiness wears thin, beauty fades, but a man who makes you laugh every day - well, there aren't too many of such clowns around, and if you are lucky enough to stumble upon one, you should guard him like a piece of butter.
17. Don't forget though
Butter melts if you turn up the gas - so, remember, it was only a figure of speech, don't actually start on any sentry duty. Even if everything was fair in war and love, it's never a good idea to take prisoners. People, like birds, should be allowed to fly free.
18. So don't be dreadful
Don't call him ten times on the phone and don't affirm your affection seven times a day, starting tomorrow. That makes you annoying and him less loving.
19. Don't be dumb
Follow your intuition, not a self-help list. Everyone reads them and can tell if they're being ticked off against that mass produced fabrication. It can either be a hit - which says nothing positive about the guy's intellect - or a terrific howler - which separates the clowns from the chaff.
20. And now don't be afraid to be more completely yourself
If he's still around, he's definitely the sort that can take a joke, so what have you to lose anymore?