I was listening to morning radio chatter while on the road today, and this particular show was urging people to call in with "good advice gone bad" stories. I remembered it when reading about Free's conundrum about whether or not to be the persuer or the persued (esp in the very early stages of dating - so confusing). Anyway, a girl called in and said that someone had given her the advice to offer to pay for one of her dates. She said that she really liked this one guy and decided to take the advice. It ended up working out in the end, as they are now official, but she found out later, that he took the gesture as a sign that she just wanted to be friends. I know this is a topic that could be debated ad nauseum, but that thought never would have entered my mind and so obviously, I found it interesting. Thought perhaps you would too . . . it definitely made me think.