So about that first date last night (still no word)...
We went to a comedy night here in town. Eight people in the audience, nowhere to hide. Some good acts, some bad, but the bad ones were really, really bad. And it's extremely awkward to be on a first date and hearing some guy do an extended analogy of anal sex as a "trip to the dump" vs. going a "trip to the candy store", and how manly it is to go to the dump once a month. And then he went into a long, long bit about his two surgeries for an enlarged testicle. Great. Thanks. This is making this first date go really well for me, thanks. Takes it right from 'funny story to tell our grandkids' to 'I don't want to think of this date or this night ever again'.
Did some recon on google and facebook beforehand, and it turns out we have two friends in common. I was itching to ask how she knew them, and explore that six degrees of separation thing, but I couldn't do it without revealing that I did recon on her. Which may be a little creepy, but probably standard dating procedure these days. Do it, never mention it, and try to act surprised when you find out stuff you already know.