Fun Dates

Fun Dates

thinking about the weekend, aren’t you? It’s Thursday. And you enjoyed a
long weekend last weekend. And still, you’re thinking about the
weekend?! Yeah, me too.

So I thought I’d offer you five fun date ideas. Choose one. Ask
someone out. Have fun. Repeat next weekend…or next Wednesday, for that
matter. Weekday dates are a very good thing.

  1. Hit the batting cages. Even if you’re not all that athletically
    inclined, I bet you can whack the ball once or twice and it feels oh so
    good after a long week. Trust me on this. (And if you’re really worried
    about connecting–with the ball, that is–go for the softballs. Bigger,
    slower balls…)
  2. Live like a tourist without leaving town. Try a duck tour, a swamp
    tour, a wine tour, a ghost tour…you get the picture. Tour guides are
    paid to be entertaining, so let someone else do the talking while you
    and your date lean in close to catch every word.
  3. Find some local music, but mix it up. If you usually listen to
    jazz, go see a local boy band. If you have a favorite club, hit the
    park to hear someone playing al fresco. If you’re hooked on a
    singer/songwriter, go to an open mic night. If you never go out and
    listen to music, well then, the choice is yours, isn’t it? And shame on
    you! Music releases all those good endorphins. I’m sure some scientist
    somewhere can back me up on this.
  4. Catch a movie in the park. I’m in love with certain theaters, but
    watching outside, on a blanket, with wine and cheese and
    chocolate…obviously much more romantic. And this is outdoor movie
    season. Check your local listings!
  5. Be one with nature. Float down a river, bike through a nature
    trail, walk on the beach, hike up a mountain. Just choose a pretty
    spot, appreciate the fact that you’re far away from your computer, vow
    not to tweet or text, ignore the urge to immediately share your pics on
    Facebook, and sweat it out together. The point here is to de-stress by
    devoting your full attention to your date and the scenery. And because
    this date requires daylight, you can go back to your old habits that
    night. Happy hour, anyone?

p.s. If you’re not ready for a “date date” or haven’t found someone
you want to ask out, then plan a “play date” with a friend. Don’t kiss
your friend goodnight, though. That’s too weird.