It's A Date!

Written by Carole Lipati

Ok, you've found someone online that you really like and they like you too. You'd like to meet what?

One ofrepparttar best and worst things about singles meeting viarepparttar 132570 Internet isrepparttar 132571 return of old-fashioned first dates - withrepparttar 132572 added concern of personal safety when meeting a virtual stranger. Picking a place to meet, an activity to share, things to talk about - it can seem a bit overwhelming especially when you really want to make a good impression.

Here are some unique first date ideas that will keep you out ofrepparttar 132573 "dinner and a movie rut" and set your first date apart fromrepparttar 132574 rest:

A Picnic In The Park Eliminaterepparttar 132575 pressure of a Saturday night date by enjoyingrepparttar 132576 relaxed atmosphere of a public park on a Sunday afternoon. Pack a basket of "finger foods" like cheese, fruit, crackers and chocolates and a chilled bottle of sparkling cider. For that extra special touch include china plates, crystal glasses and cloth napkins. The two of you can search outrepparttar 132577 perfect spot beneath a shade tree to enjoy your picnic, do some people watching and get to know each other.

Root For The Home Team Sporting events are a great place to have a great time and provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for a first date. No matter whatrepparttar 132578 season, there's always something going on inrepparttar 132579 world of sports and ifrepparttar 132580 cost of tickets to a professional game isn't in your budget high school, college and minor league games are just as much fun.

Window Shopping You can stroll for hours in a shopping mall or a city's shopping district stopping here and there for a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone. And if you get tired of just looking inrepparttar 132581 windows, there's always browsing throughrepparttar 132582 racks at a music store, trying on hats and wasting a few quarters in a video arcade.

Making Contact

Written by Carole Lipari

Whether you're sending a note to a member of an online community or responding to an online personal ad, how you start an e-mail relationship can determine whether it will ever become more than an e-mail relationship. Here are some things to think about when making first contact:

Don't Send Form Letters Obviously some information in your introductory e-mail will berepparttar same no matter who you're sending it to. Your location, age, profession and other details you may wish to include are relatively constant. Just make sure you add that personal touch to your message. It's always a good idea to mention what aboutrepparttar 132567 person you're writing to compelled you to respond to them. No one wants to feel like they've been caught in a huge net someone tossed into cyberspace to see what they could catch and no matter how carefully you word a form letter, they almost always read like form letters. Also, you may end up contactingrepparttar 132568 same person a week later from a different personals site and receivingrepparttar 132569 same form letter twice never makesrepparttar 132570 recipiant feel special.

Be Honest Of course you want to highlight your best qualities when introducing yourself to someone you're interested in but there is no easier way to sabatoge an online relationship than lying. This also includes exagerating, implying something false and being non-specific enough to avoidrepparttar 132571 truth. You don't have to provide unflattering information inrepparttar 132572 first e-mail but you shouldn't address a subject if you don't want to be honest about it. The "real" people,repparttar 132573 ones you want to meet, don't expect perfection. In fact, if someone seems too good to be true, they probably are. So be honest, be yourself and start off onrepparttar 132574 right foot. What might begin as an online flirtation could turn intorepparttar 132575 real thing unless you've built yourself an image you can't live up to.

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