To quote my friend Michelle, "I don't like dating. I don't like things I'm not good at!"
On to the questions...
1. What was the first movie you saw on a date?
I have absolutely no idea. Can't remember.
Although, I will say that once I've started dating someone and I REALLY like them, I invite them over to watch CASABLANCA. If they don't like that movie or don't GET that movie, that pretty much ends the relationship.
2. Who was the first person you kissed on a date? [First name is fine.]
Again, I don't remember. I don't even remember the name of the first guy I kissed. But I remember his 5 o'clock shadow scraping my cheek and the taste of tobacco on his tongue. With a memory of a first kiss as strong and as sensual as that, what's in a name?
3. Where was the first place you ever "parked" (on a date)?
I was with my girlfriend Lauren - - yep, girlfriend... East Tennessee was not very "gay-friendly" to teens in the 80's - - and we parked in the driveway of this house that I thought was empty because it was in a new section in the subdivision where I lived.
I parked the car. We kissed. Things were getting pretty hot and heavy - - well, as "hot and heavy" as we could get with me being a "Future Homosexual of America" and all - - when suddenly the garage door in front of us started to open.
I started the car and was backing out of the driveway when a man - - the man who owned the house we were parked in front of - - ran out of the garage... with a gun... that he shot at us.
Now, since I'm not much of an aggressive person, I always thought of myself as more "Flight" than "Fight," but the second the gun shot rang over my car, I threw it in "Park," opened the door, got out and started walking towards this guy saying...
"What's your fucking problem, man?"
He - - the man holding the LOADED GUN!! - - asked me what I was doing parked in his driveway and I responded by saying, "What did it LOOK LIKE I was doing?!?"
He told me to leave and I said, "That's what I was DOING when you SHOT AT US!!!"
I got in the car and drove away.
How fuckin' Billy BadAss was I, huh?
4. Have you ever gone on a date with someone you met via the internet? If not, would you?
Gone on a date. Had sex without knowing their name. Had sex without seeing their face.
Please, the internet is the new bathhouse in the gay world.
There's no towel service on the internet, but still...
5. What is the most romantic thing you have done on a first date?
Went to dinner. Went to see Rudy de L'Amour (believe it or not) at the Gentry on Halsted and when my date went to the bathroom, Rudy put his hand over the mic and said, "I think he likes you."
Went back to his place. Kissed him good night and told him I didn't want to stay over because I didn't want to ruin it. And when he said to me...
"What's happening between us right now is beautiful.
Nothing could ruin that."
Nothing could ruin that."
...I stayed. And started the best relationship of my life. I miss it and him to this very day.
Bonus (as in optional):Describe the best date you have ever been on.
See #5 above.