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Dating Made Easy (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of the list of the Top 10 Dates as chosen by you! This list, if nothing else, can help any couple have fun in inexpensive and creative ways. Date ideas #6-10 can be found here: Dating Made Easy (Part 1)

5. *Tie* Exploring/ Road Trip & Camping

These could go hand in hand, but then one of the contributing voters got upset that I tried to combine them. First of all, Camping is a great date idea, yes, but honestly, if you two haven’t been dating for a while, camping might not be the best idea unless you’re going with a group, then it’s perfectly alright. Camping, like anything outside, can offer fishing, hiking, marshmallows and campfires, and so much more for you and your date to do. It’s also a great time to whip out the picnic blanket and stargaze, at night, or just take a long walk in the woods! Either way, it’s a win-win for you and your date. On the other hand, Road Trips/ Random Exploring is a great idea as well. Nothing says cute like a spontaneous road trip to nowhere in particular. With you and your date just sitting and driving, it’s very relaxing to just talk and take in the scenery of wherever you’re going. These two can go hand in hand as well, by driving to the middle of nowhere and then exploring your surroundings. Girls especially love looking for cute critters like bunnies and squirrels, so you’re bound to have fun. 

4. Going out to see a Movie in theaters/ a drive-in movie

This is quite possibly the second most classic date idea: a movie. Nothing says date material like going to see a film for two hours while buying popcorn and sodas (The classic “red” soda didn’t want to comply and be used in this article so I can’t use their name. Sorry) and the ticket which combined equals somewhere around $45. The good thing for the ladies is that they don’t have to pay! Unless, they force the issue though, which doesn’t happen all that often. But (as it should be) the guys will get the tap for a fun night of movie watching. Also prep yourself for really cliché “moves” that every girl will fall for. For example:

The yawn.

This move is classic. It is where the guy gets “bored” of the movie and yawns in order to give the implication that he’s tired (see image).

yikes.

yikes.

A few notes here. First off, don’t be as creepy looking as this guy. That smile he’s wearing could scare off a zombie. And second, no movie theatre is going to be that empty. Continuing. After yawning, the guy stretches (like above) so his arm lands around the girls shoulders allowing the girl to ease into the guy and snuggle up against him. Classic movie date. And if you, the guy, manage this move to perfection, you both will be doing this within the minute.

again, yikes

Again, yikes


Oops. Sorry about the inaccuracy of this picture… not the making out part, but the empty theater and  water-mark in the middle of the pic. Sorry bout that. Moving on, another aspect of this awesome date idea is the part called “Drive-in movies.” This is the cute part of this date idea, because all you need to do is drive up in your car and bring a blanket and all the snacks you need. Nothing says love like sitting a car watching a movie. Nothing.

3. A Night In

This should be #1 in my books, but again, my ranking system determined otherwise. This is my favorite because it’s the most simple and fun. Literally anything can be done. A Night In is best served with a homemade meal, some hot coco, and a cute movie to watch together.  As a guy, the perfect night in with a date would be to make dinner for the both of us, maybe play a board or card game until we get bored with it, and then cuddle up and watch a movie (again, this is what would do. What you do with your date is totally up to you! It’s supposed to be cute and creative so have fun with it).  Other activities could include nerf-gun wars, blanket forts, painting, pillow fights, cooking together, whatever you want! It’s just a lazy night in and it’s up to you, the couple, to do whatever you want with it!

2. Picnic

Another classic and favorite of mine. Picnics are the most simple way to have a good time with no money spent. A picnic can be had at a park, a backyard, anywhere with grass and a good view really (and I’m a hypocrite in this statement, because the last picnic I had was held on a concrete  stage under an awning because it was raining). All you need is a homemade (or store-bought) lunch and a blanket to sit on. Picnics are best held in spring or fall, ideally spring. In the fall, you can accessorize with leaves and make piles and jump in them after you eat, but in spring, you can lay on the blanket and watch the clouds, birds, flowers, and enjoy each others company as long as you want. The weather is beautiful, and you shouldn’t waste it on something silly like a movie (unless it’s storming). You and your date will find a picnic to be the best option for any sunny day when you want to do something together without much hassle.

1. Going out for Dinner

Our final date idea is, yes, the oldest, yet most popular idea in the book other than a movie. And that is Going out for dinner. This is classic because it’s always been around. When a guy meets a girl he likes, and they have progressed past the coffee stage, the gentleman will ask the lady to dinner. This could be a fancy dinner (always classy) or just a regular sit-down and casual dinner. The guy will always pay the first few times though, because it’s polite. This is always a good idea, because normally it’s low pressure, but if it’s your first date together, don’t worry, just be yourself when you talk! It’s the easiest way to make a good impression. And guys, please use manners. You don’t wanna come across as a dog when you eat. But seriously, enjoy the food and each others company, because dinner together is one of the most important dates in terms of bonding and getting to know the other person.

And that concludes the list of the Top 10 Dates! I have now solved every complaint out there regarding couples not being able to find anything to do together anymore. So, you’re welcome lazy people! Here is your successful love life, all written down in comprehensive english (for those of you reading this that don’t speak/read english, I’m sorry) to take advice from and benefit from it. Now get out there and date!

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Dating Made Easy (Part 1)

Hello America! Do you struggle with finding something fun to do with your significant other? Are your dates reduced to texting back and forth with each other out of boredom, or shameless flirting on Facebook and other social media? Well get out of that rut and listen up! I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Dates as chosen by you! That’s right, several of my friends (and myself of course) compiled a list of the best “dates” that they could think of, and using a very confusing math formula, I ranked the results in a format to help anyone that needs a good idea for a date. This list is so well thought up, that it will be released in two parts (which is a testament to my awesome friends who helped out with this list, for the awesome and well thought out suggestions). So without further adieu, here’s part one of the list (Honorable mentions: Paintball, laser tag, bowling, camping, biking, putt-putt, hot air balloon ride, fairs/festivals, sporting events, dancing, ice cream, going to the animal shelter).

10. Concerts/ Symphonies/ Musical Shows

Musical events are great for any couple unless you live under a rock and don’t have any musical interests (I’m looking at you Patrick).

Living under a rock

Living under a rock

Music is the window to the soul some wise person told me once, so take this advice: make sure you both have similar music interests before you go to a musical event. I can’t stress the importance of this. It’s ok to have different music tastes, but if you’re going to spend money and see a concert, make sure your partner has some interest too. You don’t wanna be the one dragging them to a 2-hour show that they spend the whole time covering their ears or falling asleep depending on the artist. If you both have some interest though, it should be a rockin’ (ha ha, music pun) time. The other exception to this is of course free shows, because if it sucks, or one of you hates it, then you can just leave, no harm done! It’s also a great photo-op for couples, and it’s always neat to say that you went to your favorite artists’ show live.

9. *Tie* Ice Skating & Stargazing

These are two great options, and frankly, I was disappointed these weren’t higher on the list. But anyway, let’s dive in. Ice skating is a classic date for any couple, because more than likely, you’re going to fall, and your significant other will gladly help you up and then try to scare you into falling again. It’s kind of silly when you think about it, but lots of couples find it as a cute way to hold hands (to keep from falling). Ice skating also provides the opportunity to go and get coffee/hot chocolate/tea (whatever hot beverage you people drink) when you’re done on the ice. Believe it or not, it is cold when you skate on ice, so getting a warm drink afterwards is another good transition to having a conversation with your date which can lead to a deeper connection. Stargazing on the other hand can happen in any weather. This obviously needs to happen at night unless you’re one of those nerd couples and think to yourselves, “Well the sun is a star too, so technically, we can look at the sun through our sunglasses in the daytime if we wanted too.” Well whatever you might be right, but it’s not as romantic. If you must resort to looking into the sky during the day, try clouds. I’ll get more into that subject in another date idea. But continuing, stargazing is very peaceful for those of you who just want a quiet night to yourselves in a field where you could talk about anything. This can be accomplished by finding an open field, parking lot, or wherever your heart desires, and all you really need is a few blankets and a car. Stargazing really opens up the chance for you and your date to get to know each other better by talking, or you can just enjoy each others company by sitting in silence and looking at how awesome the sky is (Helpful hint: If it’s cold on the night that you’re stargazing, bring an extra blanket that the two of you can share. Good opportunity to cuddle. Girls are really into that I guess).

8. Seasonal Dates

Okay so this is one of my personal favorites, but I’ll try not to be biased and keep it short. Seasonal dates are exactly how they sound: Seasonal. They happen during holidays and usually are the best kind of dates. During October, you can coordinate Halloween costumes, you could have a night in and watch scary movies together (Helpful hint: Another good opportunity to cuddle if you’re a guy and the girl is scared of the movie. Girls, if your date is scared of the movie, I question his masculinity and your dating choices), or you could just go to the park (this applies to any time in the fall) and jump in a pile of leaves. Other fall activities include: Pumpkin patches, apple cider, corn mazes, football games, thanksgiving meals, making cool turkey hand crafts, and much more. And who can forget CHRISTMAS (my personal all-time favorite) which is a GREAT season to go on cute dates. One can go ice skating, sing Christmas songs, you could have a Christmas sweater photo shoot, have a Christmas movie marathon, get warm drinks together, play in the snow (snowball fights are always fun), decorate your house, make Christmas cookies, go on a horse and sleigh ride, shop at the mall, see Santa Clause, too many things to mention (like building gingerbread houses, picking out a Christmas tree, decorating it, going sledding, drinking hot chocolate, sitting by a fireplace, etc.). Of course, there’s New Years eve too, which is a good opportunity to watch the new year celebrations on TV or have your own party at home.

7. *Tie* Getting Coffee & Going to the Zoo/ Aquarium

Now, these are both good suggestions for solid dates. I’ll begin with the Zoo and Aquarium. Girls LOVE the zoo, because to them, animals (most of them anyway) seem cute and not everyone gets to see a penguin or a seal everyday. Guys love the zoo too, but mainly for the more grizzly animals like bears (ha, another pun), bobcats, snakes, etc. It’s the same for the aquarium. Fish (and penguins again) are so whimsical to us humans, that you could go there everyday and find a fish that you didn’t see the day before. It’s an interesting place to go for both the guy and the girl, so it makes a very fun date, and is normally inexpensive. Now Getting Coffee is another story in itself. This is a good first date, one where it’s no pressure and very friendly. Yes, the guy should pay (unless it’s clear that it’s NOT a date), and it’s a great time to sit and get to know each other and talk about life. Getting coffee is great to do even with a friend, to just chat and catch up on each other or study homework. Like I mentioned before, it can be fun and very low pressure. A good relationship builder if you ask me.

6. *Tie* Getting Surprised & A Night Out on the Town

Getting surprised was a very popular choice from both guys and girls, but for different reasons. Guys love giving the surprise, and girls love receiving the surprise, so it evens out quite well. An example: if it were me surprising my girlfriend, I’d make her favorite foods for dinner, grab one of her favorite movies, and show up at her place to eat and watch the movie (Helpful Hint: hopefully you’d both be comfortable with each other that showing up unannounced would be cute and fun rather than creepy). It’s very thoughtful to do for her, and she appreciates it (or at least I’d hope so) because she didn’t see it coming. It’s a good thing to try on the weekends, a rainy day, or when one of you is sick in bed, you could surprise them with soup and a good movie. Now a night on the town is different entirely. This is a good, inexpensive date to explore the city or small town where you both live. Window shopping is always fun (for the girls) and it’s a good chance to walk and talk about things you wouldn’t get to talk about if you went to a movie. In a city (or small town) there’s all kinds of tours, buildings, sights, stores, and attractions that you can see and do, and in Nashville, there are several places to go to have a good time with your date. It’s another low pressure situation for the both of you to walk and talk and have a good time together.

Part 2 (#’s 1-5 will be released on Thursday)

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A Major for Everyone

*This post is in dedication to my good friends Ike, Joey, Charles, Mary, Meekha, Erin, and Trevor who all helped create the major mentioned in the post. It happened on February 18th, 2013, in the Belmont University Cafeteria. And it was awesome. *

~This is a course description for the undergraduate major of a four-year student ~ 

Philosophical Agriculture (Bachelor of Science)

The field of plants is a rapidly growing one, as well as the field of radical thinking. Philosophical Agriculture is a beginners gateway to an array of  topics and learning that can change the world as we know it. This new major is available to any student, regardless of classification. In this new major, students will enjoy learning about everything that involves deep thinking and plants. Philosophical Agriculture offers students the opportunity to get down and dirty with nature. Anything can be done; from sitting in grass all day, to calmly debating with a peer about the rainforest. Students can learn how to speak plant, spend time in a state of the art greenhouse, or even just sit in a tree while learning the ins and outs of the way air is provided to us humans. Some typical classes in the program include: Plant growing 101, “Feeling” Flowers, Speaking Plant, Simply Moss, Finding your Inner Agriculture, Thinking Green, Plants in History, “Does My Plant Hate Me?” A Philosophical Discussion, The Basics of Seeds, Weeds: Friends or Foe, and, Grass Stains: The Real Truth. In addition to being brand new, this major will be helmed by the ever popular Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Students from every field will love this major, and even if you aren’t that in to plants, Philosophical Agriculture has a wide selection of “Environment Options”  to any student who has an open mind about the Earth and its’ inhabitants. This major requires 122 credits to graduate, and is a four year major for a bachelor of science. Any range of minor is accepted to accompany this major. Philosophical Agriculture is also a great springboard for jobs in the fields of Law, Botany, Biology, Agriculture, Education, and much much more! We hope this has been informative and are excited to get this major started in a big way! Remember to “Think Green!”

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Thoughts from a five year old

When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a baker. Do you realize how ludicrous this is??? A child, wanting to be a baker! Let’s take a moment and discuss how crazy this is. Today’s world is void of bakeries as far as I can tell. Nowadays you have Starbucks©, Panera Bread©, Puffy Muffin™, etc. to fill your need of a bagel or whatnot to go along  with your morning coffee. Gone are the “Bakeries” that we thought about as kids. You know, real bakeries. The ones where you walk in and the air smells like cookies, the man behind the counter has some sort of accent and there is smooth jazz music playing over the speakers. You walk up to the nearest display and see cakes, pies, bagels, cookies, anything sweet and tasty that you could ever imagine is packed into that little display, and that’s just scratching the surface! Get the picture yet? NO? Ok, here let me show you:

(this is from a Whole Foods Market©, but still, look at those cupcakes!)

So I’m here to do the unexpected, and that is to crush your childhood dreams. That’s right America, welcome to 2013, where everyone gets a desk job, but only if you slave through college and get a business degree first. The problem with modern America is the fact that kids nowadays are getting more and more pushed into a culture of fast paced darwinism (every kid for himself); “whoever gets their education the fastest with the best grades gets the highest paid job title as a ________” and we are left to fill in the blank, as long as it isn’t something too crazy like an astronaut or baker or superhero. That’s right, your childhood dreams are garbage. Sorry to crush them like that but it had to be done. How else are you going to be disappointed enough to be suppressed and mopey when you get to your desk job? That’s why being an adult sucks stinks! We grow up and realize that there is NOTHING we can do to change the fact that we can’t live up to our full potential as a working American unless we’re doing something we utterly hate. HA HA HA.

“But wait Scott,” you say to yourself as you’re reading this, “isn’t this supposed to be an uplifting and funny post?” And I’ll counter with, “YES, you impatient worm, I just haven’t gotten to that point yet.” And you’ll say, “Okay, no need to shout.” And then I’ll apologize for yelling, you’ll forgive me, and we both go back to doing our own thing. Anywayyyy, that’s why I brought up my sick, twisted childhood dream of becoming a baker up in the first place. Because we can accomplish our dreams.

That’s right, we can accomplish our childhood dreams, and that’s what makes children great  (actually, children are scary, but that’s a topic for a different day). They have the innocence and minds big enough to imagine something that only they can dream up! And even if they get to college and that dream of being a baker is long gone because of the rapidly changing world, that’s ok, because there is so much more out there! Only people who don’t care enough let themselves get into a rut of routine and boring jobs, and let’s face it, we all will have worked at least one or two boring jobs before we settle down doing something we love. So don’t listen to people who tell you that money is everything and that college is the key to success. BECAUSE IT ISN’T. Yes, they both make a positive impact on life, but don’t conform to everything you hear. If you don’t take risks you’ll miss out on something great that God could have in store for you. So get out there future bakers, firemen, superheroes, telephone operators, dentists, whatever else children dream of becoming (except for animals, because you can’t become an animal)! Go follow your dreams! And you might just change the world in the process.

Just don’t aim for being a baker. They still don’t exist anymore.

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Post 1

Writing. It’s what humans do when there is nothing else to do, or if they’re just bored our of their coconuts, in which case they should probably go see a doctor. I’m writing things down as they happen, because it’s how I like to communicate nowadays. Gone are the days of Facebook©(ironic though, because this will probably get linked to FB , just because I’m a selfish goon who wants web hits) and “status updates” that matter to us individuals. Now our culture is fast paced and wanting updates instantaneously. That’s what twitter© is for. A website completely tailored for news and updates that us humans eat up instantly. But I figure, “why can’t we go back to slowing down and reading something interesting every once in a while? What’s wrong with writing books and stories every now and then?” And you might say, “Well Scott, that’s just crazy, books are irrelevant now.” And I’ll say, “Well I’m not writing a book. Just a blog.” And that’s what this is; an experiment for me to regurgitate sentences and words into meaning and structure because I’ve found that writing things down is a way for me to not only relieve stress, but to get my true thoughts down in a (sometimes) comprehensible and humorous way. It’s a way to show you people that I can put something down in a long-ish format of writing, and you can (or can’t. Don’t let me order you around) sit for a while and read. It’s a lost art, reading. I enjoy it so much and even more, I love writing.  SO HUMANS. This is my first post. More will come after this. I’m not promising greatness, but I am promising fun.

Till next time.

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