THE FIRST CHALLENGE to any good date is for both people to snap out of their beleaguered work state-of-mind and realize, dear God, they are supposed to be behaving in a romantic fashion. This sensation tends to dry up a conversation almost immediately, as each person slings enough mundane “tell me about yourself” questions to distract from the growing sweat stains in their armpits, the insecurity about where to put their hands, and the rambunctious belly sounds that might lead someone to believe they are hiding another person inside themselves.
This is why you need to show up to every date with a plan. At the very least, your game plan will give you a list of things to rattle off to your date to sound interesting, cultured. A real catch. Fortunately, Portland, Oregon, has plenty of options to cram on that list.