If you can, have a conversation with your date to find out where you're going.But be simple with your questions to make sure you dont' sound to controlling.

See a selection of recommended romantic comedies that are great for first dates or newly dating occassions.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find out if you will be walking, and if so, how far.

If the guy's at all exercise or nature oriented, double or triple the estimate he gives you and you'll probably come close to the truth.

There are three extremely trying times to choose the right clothes for the occasion: job interviews, first dates and meeting the parents nights.

First date dressing is tough because you usually don't know the other person well enough to predict what will be attractive to him.

You want to look fabulous but not unattainable, chic but not cheap.

Add to the problem that you may or may not be familiar with where you are going, and you have the perfect explanation for women who choose to stay home in a chenille robe with a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck and a box of microwave kettle corn. Maybe you'll get lucky and I'll have an idea you haven't already considered.

We've all at some time or another ended up at the baseball game in a frilly, walk-in-the-park sundress, which beats hell out of going to see Itzhak Perlman wearing skateboarding pants (which happened to me once).

--Editors Tip ---------------------------------------------------------------------- If you are still on your first few dates with a guy or girl, stay away from the serious dramas, bloody action flicks, and overly sad romantic (mushy-gushy) movies.