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5 MUSTS when going for a blind date

23 February 2015, 18:42 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - As an adult I have never been on a blind date and I do not think I ever want to or will ever accept to go for one. In my teenage years I went for two and never picked those calls afterward in fact I got an emergency immediately after meeting these guys and never looked back again.

As a teenager, you are always open to experimenting but as a grown up I just sat down and asked myself deep questions. Why would someone open themselves to that kind of danger because believe you me there are some very criminal characters lurking around in Nairobi. Does not matter who ‘hooked’ you up, because chances are they did not do a background check and when you are in that situation, you are on your own. Either way, to each his own and when it comes to dating then all bets are usually off.

I learnt some pretty accurate lessons on those occasions though;

Always have low expectations

I think when you are going for a blind date you are desperate, chances are your soon to be beau is also desperate. If s/he is out there looking to meet strangers chances are s/he is lacking in some quarters. When I go into something, do something or plan something I always strive for very low expectations on the other person’s part. That way I will not be disappointed. It is good for your soul and all that but everyone has a limit and I reached mine a long while ago.  There is this one that I met his dress sense was horrible, I allowed it and thought maybe the personality is amazing. I was sadly disappointed as he could not string two sentences and could not even look me in the eye. I can be scary but not scary to a confident man who knows what he is about.

Do not allow them to have your number

 Makes cutting things off easier. Do not allow the person hooking you up to give away your number. If it is about meeting, then let the person arrange it, all you have to do is show up.

Meet in a public place

There are some people in desperation for a free meal, trip or getaway are open to being taken anywhere. If it is a blind date, keep it simple, short and fast. The next time, if there will be a next time, is when you allow to be taken to far off places. Do not wake up on a road trip and find yourself at the side of the road with no recollection of what happened.

Use Google hangout or Skype (If possible)

You know the thing about technology is that it has allowed us to be able to invade people’s privacy. When someone has a Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter…name it. Social media defeats me, but google does not. If it is on the internet I will find it. Find out about the person you are meeting. If they look shady or even if there is no trace of them anywhere arrange to meet at the at an open space like those Galitos and Chiken Inns that everyone can see you.

I have never understood movies where you are in a crowd, someone points a gun behind you and tells you to do stuff and you do it because you do not want to get shot. Trust me, if that person is going to shoot they would have. My motto is to always stand my ground and dare you to shoot me in the middle of Moi Avenue.

Carry money

This is for the ladies, just because it is a date and you are a woman do not assume that he is a gentleman. Chivalry is dead to a lot of Kenyan men. That is how that woman had that had a KES 230,000 bill at that hotel. Most probably it was a blind date with some clown. Carry money, if not for everyone, just enough for you to clear your bill.

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