Jewish World Review March 4, 2005 / 23 Adar I, 5765

Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman
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Taking butcher knife on date cuts at heart of romance | I'm still trying to grasp the circumstances surrounding the 27-year-old woman who passed through security at Newark Airport with a 5-inch butcher knife undetected in her purse.

I've had a pocket knife (bright red, and my favorite), tweezers (round tips, no less) and nail clippers confiscated. Naturally, it is hard to imagine a woman getting through with a knife that would allow her to chop cabbage while waiting for passengers in first class and those with small children to board.

The lapse in security is just part of the story. The real stinger is that the woman had put the knife in her purse several days earlier as a precaution for a blind date.

It has been a long time since I was part of the dating scene and, yes, things have changed, but and I know blind dates can be iffy, but So, you are getting ready to head out the door to meet a special someone, and you rummage through your purse one last time, checking for essentials:

Breath mints? Check.

Mascara? Check.

Lip gloss? Check.

Butcher knife? Check.

I'm trying, I'm really trying; but it's still not clicking for me.

I guess, if the waiter forgets to bring tableware, you can still handle the rib-eye.

Or maybe both of you don't want to order a hamburger, you just want to get one and split it. WHACK! "No charge for the extra plate, ma'am."

Say you're having coffee and dessert and get a poppy seed stuck between your teeth. No toothpick? No problem.

On the plus side of packing knives for dates, we have the fact that nobody and I mean nobody — is gonna hit on your date once they see what's in the purse.

And I suppose when a gal has a 5-inch blade in her purse and she says, "No!" a guy knows she really, really means no.

It just seems there would have been a few intermediate steps between, "Yes, I'd like to go out with you," and packing a butcher knife.

Group date? Double date? Pepper spray? For the sake of love, at least give a taser a try. But a knife? It cuts at the very heart of romance.

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It is hard to picture great romantics like the Bronte sisters or Jane Austen crafting a character who commits to an outing with a man of such questionable worth that she packs a weapon along with a spare hankie. What we have here is a crisis of introduction. The woman simply didn't know enough about her date to feel secure.

People used to get character references by word-of-mouth or friend-of-a-friend. In the 19th century, a letter of introduction from a friend or associate handled that sort of social etiquette. Other times, beaus wrote their own letters. Today, it would appear, you weigh the odds, get what scant information you can, and then raid the silverware drawer.

When a young woman knows so little about a man that she worries about her safety, would it really be so awful to stay home and watching "American Idol"? Simon may be obnoxious, but he poses no physical threat trapped behind a television screen.

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JWR contributor Lori Borgman is the author of , most recently, "Pass the Faith, Please" (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) and I Was a Better Mother Before I Had Kids To comment, please click here. To visit her website click here.


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