A man who hasn’t been on a first date in 17 years gives some first-date advice

Hey, guys! I’ve been working diligently on Cthulhu: The Novel, and I shall have updates and such very soon. In the meantime, check out my advice column at WhatsYourPrice.com, where I talk this time about chivalry on a first date:

Chivalry Isn’t Dead, But It Might Be Getting Slightly Confused

Dating has become more sophisticated, if not downright tricky, over the past few decades. It used to be that dinner and a movie or maybe the proverbial long walk on the beach would suffice for a couple just getting to know each other. There are pitfalls, however, as social mores and gender roles have grown more elastic. Here are a few conundra you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid, along with our WhatsYourPrice opinion on the matter.

What we call “chivalry” in the 21st century is a far cry from the “loving but never touching” rules of the Middle Ages, of course. Now there are niceties such as opening doors for one’s date, or pulling out her chair for her in restaurants, or even who pays up when the waiter brings the check.

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Still popular, however, is the old “make sure she’s not a witch made of wood” routine.

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