Tonight: wine and apps with Czech Doc at a new, buzzing downtown restaurant.
My re-connection with CD was rather random: we e-mailed a few times about a year ago, but never met. In an e-mail frenzy about a week ago, I dug through old forgotten e-mails, and looked up some lost connections, including him. He was surprised to hear from me after all this time, but was happy to meet up.
He's certainly smart, and very cultured... but I just felt that there wasn't that "click" that you have when you share commalities with someone. Saying that -- I'd give him a second chance. We discussed getting together again later next week, after my upcoming trip.
However -- I'm not sure what to make of this: when the bill came, I did the polite thing: he reached for his wallet, and I offered to split it. To my surprise, he said, "Sure, OK." So we both plunked down our credit cards. And I saw that he left quite a meager tip.
Uh oh. Always a turnoff -- I'm a former waitress, and always feel the need to leave a generous tip (unless the service is terrible -- not the case here). Sure he's European -- but he's been living in the States over half his life, long enough to know better.
Would love to hear your thoughts: Ladies, what's your feeling on a guy who says OK to splitting the check on a first date?
And guys, would you say yes to a woman who offers to split the tab?
... and this is why I prefer to just go for a coffee or a drink on the first date...