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Going on Dates

Out of curiosity, what type of dates do you like to go on?  Lets break it up into the following catergories:

1.  Dates with your already significant other

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2.  First, Second or even Third dates.

I'll start,

1.  I'm pretty lame and romantic so, when going out with my bf I'm usually a fan of going to the park with a blanket and just hanging out or other outdoor activities like pumpkin picking or watching movies in the park.

2.  For first dates I usually prefer to get a quick drink or tea, something not very intimate...or checking out some bands, thats always pretty low key.

YOUR TURN  :)

dates with S.O.
new people scare me. i am shy.

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Wait, I don't think it was multiple choice!  It was, describe your ideal dates in each category.  Hahaha :D

You and I are similar, kennedy.

1.  Oh jeez, I like anything.  Movies, dinner, fairs and other special seasonal things like that, museums, shows, watching TV, cooking together, anything really!  My boy and i were stuck in traffic for an hour the other day and even that was fun times.

2.  Drinks of the tea/coffee/alcoholic kind.  Or a casual dinner. Also, things like walks in the park and museums.  NOT things like movies.  Things with opportunities for conversation.  

Yay, I like dates!

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1. Dinner somwhere i can eat (this has only happened once, and it was an ex that took me.) And/or the beach, when its like fall, and pre-sunset. This one beach i like. Its good for exploring and wandering and drinking and cuddling because its colddd. Bringing blankets/umbrellas/foods/random things is fun too.

2. I dont like dates with new people. I just dont do that. I dont know if that even makes sense. I've never been on what i would call a "date" with some one pre-relationship (though i think at some points guys have thought they were dates when they werent. like movies). I think its stupid that i haven't been. But i guess guys are lameos. If a guy wants to take me to a vegan food place, that would pretty much be amazing; there would be talking and eating, yum. A concert would be pretty ideal. Same taste in music = win. I go bowling lately, that would be fun. Anything lame would actually be fun. Like mini golf. Or exploring downtown.

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1. Well, I have been with my current GF for a couple years now. She really isn't into anything involving crowds, loud noise, or groups of people unless she knows them really well.  :'(  :'(  :'(  We stay home and watch movies alot... I miss dating.

When we do something, for laid back dates we like to go out to cafe's, or sidewalk vendors. Portland has a number of authentic eastern tea houses, as well as several chocolate cafe's that are fun to go sit in and talk. When we go out for nice dressy dates, we tend to go to museums, arboretums, picnic hikes in the mountains outside of town,... solitary things... etc.

2. On my own for dates I like to go do things early on in dating, and than more just spend time together later on.
First dates usually are good for going and seeing a show, band, festival, Shakespeare In The Park, etc. Just wandering around and looking at things is always fun too.

Second dates I like to go see something and than eat somewhere. Indie film get together's are always fun, as are museums. Fortunately my city is pretty liberal and there are enough vegans and vegetarians here that we have dozens of restaurants and pubs to go eat in.
And bakeries! Getting some cake from Sweetpea Vegan Bakery and eating it on the waterfront is nice.

Third dates I like to cook for her, or preferably, cook together. Maybe go somewhere for the day like the beach or snowboarding/biking.

I have always wanted to take someone backpacking or horseback riding for a 4th date, but that has never materialized as I haven't gone out with any girls who had backpacks or equestrian skills.  :(

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usually go see a movie, maybe get drinks, and definitely dinner :)

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ha. I'm married. What's a date?
The only times I've been out of the house with my just husband in the last 9 months have been to go grocery shopping or to look at open homes.  I'm an extremely unromantic person though, so that's just fine.

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ha. I'm married. What's a date?
The only times I've been out of the house with my just husband in the last 9 months have been to go grocery shopping or to look at open homes.  I'm an extremely unromantic person though, so that's just fine.

Pfftttt!  I'm married AND go on dates.

Dinner, movies, walks on the beach, random outings..... I think dates are important.

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ha. I'm married. What's a date?
The only times I've been out of the house with my just husband in the last 9 months have been to go grocery shopping or to look at open homes.  I'm an extremely unromantic person though, so that's just fine.

Ha!  This.
Sometimes we go to people's houses, but dates?  No.  I haven't seen a movie in the theater in years.  And we never eat out unless its a family outing and we're forced.

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Both have been the same for me, with the exception of camping or traveling with my long term partner.

Dates involve anything from seeing a play to playing a horrible game of pool at a local dive bar. Movies, concerts, picnics, dinners, hikes, random road trips, etc, have all been done in both instances.

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ha. I'm married. What's a date?
The only times I've been out of the house with my just husband in the last 9 months have been to go grocery shopping or to look at open homes.  I'm an extremely unromantic person though, so that's just fine.

Ha!  This.
Sometimes we go to people's houses, but dates?  No.  I haven't seen a movie in the theater in years.  And we never eat out unless its a family outing and we're forced.

Ha. I won a movie ticket last night, and my first thought was not 'what should we see' but 'who can I give this to'?  Even if I'm not the one paying I find the thought of the massive waste of money that is going to the movies too overpowering to be able to enjoy myself, and we only have a meal out when it's a big family thing, and compulsory.

I do like going to the museum, beach, parks, picnics, etc, but I feel stressed every time I have something on during the weekend that requires me to be away from home, because that leaves less time for housework/cooking/cleaning/washing/ironing...
Maybe I have a problem...

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Haha I'm pretty unconventional...my boyfriend an my first real "date" was a day of watching zombie films at my house.
We cook together a lot, that's a huge part of our relationship, and just try and spend nice time together whenever we can :)
When we decide we want an actual date we do things like:

Pack a picnic and go sit in the long grass under a tree
Go on a photo mission and take lots of pictures
Borrow a Playstation or xbox and have a games weekend with homemade pizza!
For valentines day we went to see "My Bloody Valentine" in 3D
The best times are when we decide to go on a road trip and head off somewhere for the weekend or longer. We always have awesome conversations and great music in the car, and a fantastic away time together. Those are my favourites :)

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First dates gave me indigestion. Seriously. I was always a mess!

On my first date with my partner we rolled grape leaves and made hummus and baba ghanoush at his (now our) house. He's Syrian and was teaching me his mom's recipes. Then we played some board games, drank wine and made out! It was really fun and low pressure.

We still have date night at least once a week, sometimes more, because we're both super busy people, so it's important for us to set aside time together. Sometimes it's really simple, like taking our dogs and a picnic to the park or going on a long walk and getting coffee. Other times we go out for dinner and cocktails, go see a band or a movie or go out to hang out with our friends. He's much more of a night owl than I am, but I have my ways of luring him home early...which is the *other* kind of date I like. Big fan of surprising my man on date night with new lingerie and sex toys. Because that's what true love is alllll about.

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the first time LF and i met up we went to a museum, got burritos that we ate in the park, and then went and got tea. then we went to the mall and talked about queer theory outside JCP <3 super romantic.

now we hang out, eat dinner, and take walks sometimes.

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1.  Usually we walk around, go hiking, act like 6-year-olds, animal noises ensue, one things leads to another and we're jumping around the playground like ballerinas.  That's how it went down last night, at least.  Burritos and chocolate are often thrown into the mix.

2.  I don't like first date, generally.  Coffee is cool, something where there is an obvious "thing" we're doing (ie, drinking coffee, petting dogs, competing at croquet, howling at the moon) so we can fall back on.

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I haven't been on this date, but I'd like to go:  we each bring our digital camera, set it to black and white, walk around, and take art shots.  It's be FREE, creative, and mildly competitive for best shot bragging rights.

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politicalmonty, i don't think there is any reason that you have to feel like you want someone else. if you meet someone that strikes your fancy i'm sure you'll be open to it then.

hh, cute date idea.

so i messed up my original answer and really don't have a real answer, anyway. i suck at thinking of good dates. i wish i were better at it. mostly i just like doing outdoorsy things, i think.

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HH, I love, love, love your date idea  :)>>> 

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I haven't been on a first date in over ten years, but that's fine with me :). I hated going to the movies on a first date, I like to watch movies at home so I can make jokes and relax on the couch. When I'm with a new person I like to talk to them and I would always think of a million things to say during the movie and forget them later.

My last first date was with my fiance and we went hiking for most of the day. It was rainy and cold, but I liked it. I like to do date-like things now even though we've been together so long. I think it's important to do something different every now and then. And, becuase I like making lists of things, he's some datey stuff we like to do:

Go hiking, biking, other adventuresome outdoorsy stuff (like ziplining, yay!)
Go out to our favorite vegan restaurant (about once a month)
Go for random road trips, with or without a destination
Have at-home movie days and pig out on homemade vegan hot wings
Make dinner together (I usually do all of the cooking)

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HH, I would go on that date with you!

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politicalmonty: you could go to the movies for a lesser-anxiety type of date.  These dates involve relatively little chatting!

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