Let me explain: while we were in the bar awaiting our food (which came out cold and had to be returned, so it took exponentially longer than normal), a couple came in to the bar who were in their late 20's or early 30's. It was very apparent that they were on a first date, as she launched in to loud commentary that included "I'm not really one to wear jeans, I hope that I'm not over dressed..." All seemed to be going well until I noticed that she never stopped shopping. Ladies, if there is one thing that I have heard over the years, it's that one of the ways to get a man is to listen and ask questions at least once in a while in the date. If nothing else, it gives you the chance to catch your breath and gaze into his beautiful eyes.
Alas, throughout our meal, I came up with a few sure-fire ways to tell that the date was not going well (note: I don't think that she picked up on these clues):
All of this was learned while we waited for our food, got cold burgers, returned said cold burgers, awaited new burgers, and enjoyed warm-ish burgers. I kind of wanted to have one of those dating interventions, where you played back the video of the date and told the daters where they went wrong... I wonder what it's like to be a waiter or waitress who has to watch first dates like this... do you get to say anything or try to bail the failing daters out?
Man, I do love people watching...