TheGirl: New post Six Fresh Alternatives to Boring First Dates


Hugh Paxton’s Blog is delighted to see TheGirl is still running strong. Great ideas here from her for dates! Apart from the foreign movie idea. It might work for some, maybe for many, but as soon as I see something that hasn’t been made with people speaking English I suffer from narcolepsy and start snoring and dropping popcorn.

It annoys the hell out of my wife.

If I see a Bollywood movie sleep is impossible. Immediate flight is the only option. Before the singing and dancing starts.

That makes my first date last three to four seconds. A Thai movie only sustains my interest if I am on a long distance bus and have no opportunity for escape. But if your idea for a first date is a flight to Thailand followed by twelve hours, two breakdowns, a crash, a police drug bust AND a movie involving stomach sucking ghosts hopping about wrapped in cling film then your first date is likely to be your last.

But heck, first dates for me are a thing of the past. I’ve been married for 23 years. I used to have first dates and they were generally catastrophic if I thought too much about them.

TheGirl is right on the button. Sitting in a cinema or fumbling with menus with a snooty waiter is not the way to go. Beer oh yes indeed!! Stargazing (not an option in Beijing – they can’t even see their marathon due to smog, one reporter described as so thick you could taste it – find a desert, I strongly suggest the Namibian version, I have never seen so many stars and they seemed so close), museums! I simply love museums!

If you are having a first date, or a second or any sort TheGirl’s ideas are sound.

Volunteering for wildlife conservation is my favourite suggestion but a wild ride on a motorbike works, too! Then beer!

Her thinking is refreshing. That’s what a date should be!


PS This Blog promised to send TheGirl a Jim Thompson silk scarf. This wasn’t a first date thing at all. I’m married. It was a sort of thank you gesture for her posts and an encouragement to continue. The shop when I turned up had been demolished. Most of the building had been demolished. A bit Twilight Zone. My daughter and I spent about an hour trying to find an exit. They’d gone. Even the entrance we’d entered! How could so much vanish so quickly. I believe that most of those shops have just reappeared. I’m off now to see if this true. TheGirl! Rest assured you will have some silk before this year is over and earlier if possible. Unless Annabel and I disappear in the Emporium and are never seen again. Might happen. This is Bangkok!

Over to TheGirl! And dating suggestions!

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Six Fresh Alternatives to Boring First Dates

by TheGirl

You’re not alone, 102 million people were unmarried in 2011, according to the United States Census. This group also made up 44.1 percent of all U.S. residents who were ages 18 and older. Further, the dating industry revenue topples $2 billion a year with an annual growth rate of 4.8 percent. Regardless of if you’re married, single or currently dating, everyone can benefit from some fresh ideas it comes to finding the perfect date. Here’s a list of fun ideas to put the romance back in your relationship or impress someone on your first date.

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Find a Brewery Tour

Get out of your usual rut of dinner and a movie and do something truly unique. A brewery tour can take you behind the scenes of your favorite brew and gives the opportunity to sample. Most breweries will also give a few beers for free or at a discounted price so you can keep the fun going. If you’re not sure what to talk about after the tour, brainstorm your own beer ideas until your date turns into a fun adventure on setting up your own brewery with a ridiculous name. I’ll sample a Date Draft whenever you’ve got the first batch ready for sale.

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Go on a Motorcycle Ride

Go on a motorcycle ride through the country, city or the open highway. There’s no destination better than wherever the road takes you. But to really get into the biker spirit, shop for motorcycle jackets and accessories together to ride on your adventure out. Then come up with your own biker names and take on the persona of a young couple out for trouble—or maybe just to clean up trouble.

Volunteer Together

Refuel your relationship’s chemistry with a volunteer date. Working together for a common cause from packing up supplies for a food pantry to taking care of animals can help form bonds in your relationship. Pick an activity lasting from a few hours to an entire day and talk about how volunteering impacts your life. You might get a fresh perspective on your date you wouldn’t have seen before.

Go Stargazing

Cuddle up under the stars for a romantic date night. If you’re in a private space like your backyard, bring along a bottle of wine and snacks for an evening picnic. Don’t forget to look at museums for stargazing events.

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Be a Tourist

It’s easy to forget all the fun events and attractions in your own hometown or nearby city. Plan out a fun day of amusement parks, museums, festivals or the zoo for a staycation date. Look at your attractions’ calendar of events. Your zoo might host a jazz night, or the museum might offer a cocktail evening with a guest speaker. You’ll impress your date by your ingenuity and desire to find the very best in your own community.

Watch a Foreign Movie

Head to an international food store and stock up on cultured foods to match your foreign film of choice. Cook a meal together with your date and then cuddle up together for the main event. Opt for a flick without subtitles and try to guess what’s happening and improvise the dialogue. You’ll have a great time laughing at each other’s guesses and will still have time to chat without getting too distracted by the film.

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TheGirl | October 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Tags: Dating, dating advice, first date | Categories: Musings and Life | URL:

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