I can help arrange an interview on this topic with Sim Gulati about how to make the best first impression with your pants on the first date. He is available for , email and phone or Skype interviews this week (November 25-29).
If you're interested in a guest blog post from Sim, let me know as well.
As David remarked sarcastically to me via email, this is "clearly a datacenter-oriented pitch."
To start, the PR flack who wrote this pitch made the rather desperate (and ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to try to connect the product he was pitching (pants) to David's area of coverage (datacenters).
Clearly, there is no connection to be made here.
Both the product and the survey advertised in the memo are completely irrelevant to David's beat and ZDNet overall for that matter. It's just one of many more examples we receive on a daily basis in which these senders obviously don't know, understand, or even care about the audience.
I'm not really sure how to even begin to answer the question proposed in the subject line ("What are your pants communicating about you on a first date?"), but I can attest that pitches like these make very poor first impressions.