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For the First Time, Again: A First Date And A First Kiss

Dating became particularly complicated during the pandemic. Now that it's safer to date in person, people, like Angi Francesco, are starting to get back out there — for the first time, again.

Angi Francesco, on her first date since the pandemic started: "I actually had a first date on Friday. It was funny because it's someone I've sort of known, but we've never really hung out or spent time on our own together. We tried out a new restaurant, and it was my first time in a restaurant in some 446 days.

It was overwhelming and wild, but at the same time, I was trying to remember how to do everything — being on a date again and being in an environment where you're “on” all the time. We're so used to Zoom and being able to put yourself on mute or hide your picture, and you can't do that in real life. It's a different way to go back to things, and it was nice. I ended up getting a first kiss for the first time in a very long time.

Before you go on a first date, just remember your values, because that's where you're going to be compatible or not very early on. I think that's my best first date advice. And to just go with the flow and have fun with it."

If you're planning to do something for the first time again, we'd love to help share your story. Send an email about your plans to, or leave us a voicemail at 603-513-7790. Click here for more details on how to participate.

Zoey Knox is NHPR's newsroom engagement producer. She has spent most of her radio years at college radio stations in Madison, WI (WSUM) and Seattle, WA (KXSU).
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