I have been hearing from many people who say their first dates are sometimes like job interviews.  Through no fault of anyone, it seems some people end up getting into the habit of asking the same types of questions that focus on areas we should avoid on the first date.
A fun, unique, playful idea for a first meet-up is to agree to ask only ice-breaker questions. I ran a contest on my Facebook page asking for ideas for great first-date questions and there were many great suggestions.
I am going to provide some here. The next time you go on a first date, try these questions instead. They could lead to some fun conversations. Let me know how it goes.

What’s one thing on your bucket list? If you could time travel, where would you go? Coke or Pepsi? What is the first concert you attended? What character would you play in your favourite TV show? Who was the better Van Halen lead singer: Sammy or David?
If you could live anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why? In what era would you like to live? Elton John or Bruce Springsteen? If you could have dinner with a dead celebrity, who would it be and why? Choose your last meal on death row.
If you were in a circus, what would be your main act? Small town or big city? For $100,000, would you put on 40 pounds for three years? Other than flying, what superpower would you like to have? If you could know the date of your death, would you want to know? Of what are you most grateful?
What was your most embarrassing moment? Small crowds, or big gatherings? If you could only watch one sport on TV for the rest of your life, what would you pick? If you could eat only one chocolate bar the rest of your life which would it be? If you could have five years of free, unlimited service of one of the following, what would you pick: a chef, a chauffeur, a housekeeper, a masseuse or a personal secretary?
If you only had six months to live, what would you do? What has been your greatest accomplishment? What do you prefer to do alone: going to a movie or dinner? For extraordinary wealth, would you be willing to have terrifying nightmares every night? What is your first childhood memory? What’s your biggest fear?
If you could earn the same pay no matter what you did, would you change your profession and why?  If you were at your friend’s dinner party and found a dead cockroach in the salad, what would you do? Would you be willing to shorten your life by a decade to become extremely attractive or brilliant? Is there a food or drink you love the smell of, but hate the taste?
When was the last time you cried? What is more satisfying to you: sleeping when you are really tired or eating when you are really hungry? What’s your ideal vacation? If you had to choose losing your sight or your hearing, what would it be and why? Would you eat a bowl of live crickets for 500,000?
What do you like best and least about your life? Are you closer to old friends or new friends? Have you attended your high school reunions? What were they like? Do you think little white lies are OK to avoid hurt feelings? While sleeping, are you a touchy-feely cuddler or do you like your space?
If you could read peoples minds, would you want to? Dogs or cats?

There are some fun questions that will no doubt create fun conversation. If you have other questions you would like to add, I would love to hear from you. As usual, if you are a happy, single person between the ages of 25 and 105, contact me by email at holmes@wheretheheartis.ca.