That's quite a thread title eh! :)
I have only had three relationships, the first was with a girl I knew from school. We had lived in the same village for years but it was only after we left school that we got together. Point being though we knew each other before, so there was never really any first date.
Second was a woman I worked with, so again we were friends first and things evolved.
Third was a close friend for years, someone who knew things with number two were not going well and who kept her distance until I moved. I had known her for years by the time we got together.
So here I sit, at my age. For the first time in my life I have asked someone out who I had never known before.