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Tips For Guys: Making That First Meet and Greet a Success

Alright guys, so you’ve finally sorted through all the profiles and possibilities, and you think that you’ve found someone that you can really connect with. You’ve done the online flirting thing for a while now, and it’s finally time to meet in person. I mean, this is the whole reason that you’ve scoured the internet lo these many hours. So let’s not screw it up, OK?

After all, you’d hate to have to start over from scratch at this point. Fear not, because we here at are going to lay out all the groundwork for you. All you have to do is follow these simple instructions.

thumb-111. Get a hair cut. Still rocking that pushed up, spikey ‘do from your 2001 clubbing days? Or are you still holding on to your sideburns from the mid-nineties? Maybe your mom still cuts your hair. Whatever the case, it’s time for an upgrade.

Grooming is extremely important to women, hence, it should be extremely important to you. Your hair says a lot about you…make sure it’s saying the right thing. You can’t put a price on not looking like your roommate hooks you up with a Flowbee.

thumb-212. Get a new outfit. If your finances provide, get a whole new wardrobe, but in this current economic climate, we’ll let you off the hook with one new ensemble. We know you love your old Levi’s with holes all over, but that’s only a look that’s acceptable once you’re married and trudging towards death together. Make a good impression, fellas.

Some new, stylish clothes (that FIT correctly) will go a longs ways towards covering up all of your other flaws (of which, I’m sure, there are many). FYI—if the date goes well, you WILL be forced to buy more new threads…can’t wear the same thing every time, now can you?

thumb-313.Go to the gym. For the love of sanity, go to the gym. This is a good rule in general, and frankly, you should probably start now, whether you’ve got someone already or not. Because let’s face it—NO women are out there thinking, “Man, if only I could find some out of shape guy with love handles and a beer gut to wrap my arms around.” It doesn’t happen.

thumb-414.Make sure you smell good. This is all-encompassing, and includes making sure you’re freshly showered, your hair is washed, your teeth are brushed, and that you’re wearing some cologne that has been purchased since you were in seventh grade.

Yeah, OK, so technically that Drakkar that you’ve been sporting since ’92 isn’t rotten, per se, but if your scent reminds her of a seventh grade dance, then that’s probably all the action you’re getting.