- It can bridge pay inequity, so the weaker earning partner can "reciprocate" with an appropriately priced event.
- One can preserve the old-time chivalry of the gentlemen paying for dates
- It means that the next date is assured, and, by corollary,
- The sense of obligation can be quickly quashed in the time it takes to drink an apple martini at "this great spot I know" that also happens to be really close to your house.
As for the rapid-fire questions and general run-on sentences, don't let a little thing like the other person's thoughts get in the way of a good date. What if they turn out to be boring? Go with what you know is good, and that's you.