By Matt Lindner, For RedEye
10:05 AM CDT, August 15, 2012
When it comes to first dates, the go-to option is generally dinner and a movie. Mention this to foreplay expert/professional playboy Spencer Burnett and he'll react as though you just insulted his mother.
"Worst (freaking) date of all time," he said. "With dinner, you're in a stagnant place face to face. It's awkward, it's presumptuous, it's boring and if it doesn't go well, you're stuck there for an hour-and-a-half. A movie is so non-social. Let's sit in a room for two hours and not talk to each other like we're married people or we're buddies."
Burnett instead prefers weekday lunches for first dates, generally in the Loop.
"I like having first dates where we will meet from noon to 1, so no matter if it's good or bad, there's a meet time and an end time," he said. "If there's an end time and it went well, then she wants more. There's no awkward leaving space."
If things go well there, Burnett then recommends another more non-traditional venue for the second or third date: the grocery store.
You may be laughing at this as you're reading it--I did during our interview--but he says grocery shopping dates facilitate communication while taking some of the initial early relationship pressure off.
"In a grocery store, there are 30,000 products," he explained. "That's 30,000 different conversations. 'Oh my gosh, they've got Dunkaroos? I love Dunkaroos! Do you remember Dunkaroos and Koala Yummies and stuff?' And so now you're laughing, you're side by side with the cart, you hold her hand a little bit, and it's not that awkward face to face."
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