First dates are one of the most exciting and terrifying unknowns that a person can face. They can be amazing, and you want them to go on forever. They can be beyond painful, and they can't end quickly enough. Since you never know which way they are going to go, do not plan a first date that will last more than three hours. (A day time date -- lunch or a quick drink -- facilitates this plan.) If the date is miserable, that gives you both an excuse to be put out of your misery. If the date goes well, you can plan that second date as soon as you both can fit it into your calendars!