I'm big reader so I usually go with books. Pick a topic that you know your date is interested in and get them talking about it. The general rule is to stay away from highly contentious topics like politics and religion. Even if you're on the same page about it, it can still detract from the mood you want to set on a first date. Personal interests and hobbies are a good place to start. Education interests or entertainment are also good conversation starters.
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