I know I have rudely pulled yer leg many times in the past, but I'd like to give you a serious answer to your question.
I could be wrong, but you've always struck me as a lonely sort of person, and I'd really like to think that you are truly willing to go out there and just allow someone to see "you". (If I've got you pegged all wrong, I apologize in advance.)
But I know that if I was on a date with someone I could tell if his mind was elsewhere. A date...this should be approached with some enthusiasm, yes? Not like, um, you are channel surfing and have found the least objectionable option.
Are you doing this because you feel like it's something you are "supposed" to do?
If that's the case, it's never going to turn out well.
(I could be wrong on that--I have been wrong many times--but you know that.)
Why don't you just take it easy?
I find nearly everyone fascinating. Just go out--dance, maybe? Or go play some skee ball, and okay, because I like you (I know it doesn't show but I do) I will give you the can't miss first date scenario:
A Renaissance Festival
Seriously, it works.
Go OUT there, John.
bounce a little! Let something unexpected into your life!
and good luck!