Things to do 9:30 on a Tuesday night:
- Watch the end of Angel
- Watch the end of Dark Angel
- Grab some coffee / dinner / donuts / fresh produce / skittles
- Sojourn down to Blockbuster to select a movie together, and watch that movie
- If you're not afraid to spend that much time in the messy house anyway, you could prepare for her arrival by cooking something. Impressive and cost effective...
(Mac 'n Cheese! Mmmmmm)
- You can go dancing
- You can listen to music from bands not good enough to play Friday night
- There might actually be some good bands playing down in Hollywood - check your calendar section, or search online.
I'm not a big fan of movies and concerts for a date, to be honest. Or eating. You've got some talking to do, you want to find out if you like each other, so naturally you put food in your mouths and go someplace where it's too loud to hear each other without bothering your neighbors. Just doesn't make sense.
There is a strategic point in giving yourselves something to talk about, but most people circumvent that by grabbing dinner before
the movie and then splitting up afterwards. They follow the tradition, but do not understand it's purpose. The fools! And yet, they do seem to be crowding the genepool...
Best of both worlds would probably be to find a Barnes and Noble
to hang out in. There's a coffee shop inside, and lots of shelves just bursting with conversation starters. Find a row neither of you normally frequent, and flip around for interesting things to show each other. If these set off related anecdotes, so much the better.
Not the most traditionally romantic evening, but there is class to it, and there's something to be said for not being obvious.
The downside is you are
headed into holiday shopping season.
taking yourself off the hook:
"Would you like to have the awkward conversation now, or at the end of our date?"
A line this good is worth the damage:
"So, are we like exclusive now?
'Cause if we are, I need to break up with someone."
(jotting that one down for another play...)