Ã¢â‚¬Å“How About We Play Bocce,Ã¢â‚¬Â read TallDarkandHandsome's HowAboutWe profile.
It sounded like a fun idea to me (and he was cute!), so I said yes. A few messages later (I heard you should save your best material for the date), we met at Union Hall, a cozy Brooklyn bar complete with bocce courts.
We ordered a drink and got to the game. No small talk, no formalities, no awkward silencesÃ¢â‚¬”just a really fun time.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve long liked to play games with guys. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun, flirty, and usually gives you the chance to stick your butt out at least once. And I was pleasantly surprised to find it was just as fun with someone who, for lack of a better word, was a stranger.
While I had only played bocce twice before then, TallDarkandHandsome was used to playing at least twice a month. So he had fun teaching me the game. And I had fun teaching him how fast a learner I wasÃ¢â‚¬”and when things went awry, how cute I was stomping my feet.
When the game endedÃ¢â‚¬”I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t win and was glad he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let meÃ¢â‚¬”we plopped down on a plush couch and got to talking. But still, it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t small talk. We had gotten to know a lot about each otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s personalities throughout the course of the game. So by the time we got to learning about each otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s families, childhoods, and eccentricities (when he was a kid, he wore a visor everywhere he went), we were completely relaxed.
Next up? A movie at the Angelika. Yes, we already have a second date planned.
My new first date recommendation: Do something!
What about you? What's the funnest thing you've done on a first date?