Last year I went to the Ritz-Carlton in Boston for a buffet-style breakfast. I went up to the buffet table and took two pieces of bacon, and when I came back to the table I was unsure of how to eat the bacon. If I tried to eat it with a fork it would crumble and if I tried to eat it with my hands, I thought the people at my table would think I was rude. I will be going back there soon and I would like to know the proper way to eat bacon.
--Clueless at the Ritz
Don't worry so much about what people will think. If the bacon is crisp, pick it up with your fingers and eat it (unless you're kosher). If it is not crisp, why bother eating it at all?
Is there a proper time to assert the first kiss with my female dates without seeming forward? Will my date let me know or should I just try and find out?
There is no rule about this. You have to be sensitive to her receptivity. There should be some progression--holding her arm, holding her hand, a kiss on the cheek, two kisses on the cheek, and a squeeze of the arm. You will see how she responds. If the response is favorable, you can try the kiss on the lips, sweetly at first.