“A white sport coat and a pink carnation” was playing in the background. The restaurant was average but the food delicious. I asked the chef for the specials of the night.
A first date, wanting to impress on a limited budget, I planned ahead. In cooperation with my waiter friend, he suggested the three specials that I could afford. She seemed happy with that so when served, I started to relax. Luckily she was a teetotaler so no added beverages to pay for.
You may think I was acting on the cheap, and I guess I was, but she was impressed nevertheless. Any man worth his salt would try to do his best even if it takes a little conniving.