I haven't been on a date since college (a little over two years ago now) and things are a bit different now that I live in a different area, and I am confused about logistics.
I went to college in Berkeley so logistics were pretty simple because everything was in reasonable walking distance. I would walk to a cafe, a girl could meet me there, and if things went well, neither of our places would be too much of a walk away.
Now I live in San Diego, where the driving distances are potentially longer than the walking distances I experienced in college. For a first date, would it make sense if both parties drove their own cars to a location? Or would that complicate things if we did want to go back somewhere? Or would that be interpreted as a "just friends" kind of thing?
Or, for the purposes of seduction, should I make it a point to pick a girl up in my own car on a first date even if it means a 30 minute drive? I'm wondering if that might reflect too much investment or something.
Hate to sound ignorant, but this is still a little new to me. What should the logistics be like under these circumstances?
EDIT: Oh, and perhaps the most important thing... I currently live with my parents because of the financial realities of the times as well as my chosen career path. I understand that this could be a very big obstacle, but I imagine that it shouldn't be insurmountable. Short of moving into my own place (which will happen eventually but not immediately), how could I best deal with this?