I wrote a really good profile, but my cat ate it. So for the time being, I'll keep it to the essentials: I work a real job, I live in my cat's apartment and I can't date anyone with a criminal record.
More on this at 23:00.
A first date is something two people plan together over IM. And no matter how wondeful things seems to be over the wire, chemistry is something you can only gauge face to face, which is why an easily escapable situation (name the movie) is preferable. Drinks are good (I'm a strict beer guy myself), but coffee and apple crumble topped with ice cream works too. Great first dates often end with brunch the next morning.
Then again, I've been known to bring first dates to my friends' weddings, or on long week-end camping trips, so you never know.