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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 01/23/2008 06:13 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 01/23/2008 06:14 PM
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Reflections on Dating in the Rain~By Karen Wildwood

Wintertime is usually a time when things slow down a little bit. After the holidays and with the coming of the heart of winter, everyone wants to just go out, get their stuff done and come home. This push to get home leaves little time for anything really exciting or fun....


Dating life is no exception. When the weather gets tough so do date ideas for those who are newly dating and those who have been hanging around each other for awhile. When it gets cold wet and rainy, or snowy as the case may be, most people just don’t want to go out. So, they get cozy and comfortable inside.

Even though this sounds romantic, conjuring up pictures of sitting in front of a romantic fire with your special someone, the reality of the situation is closer to the two of you sitting in front of a television screen, a bowl of popcorn between you and not a glance toward the other.

Now, a few times of the stay at home, order in and watch a movie way to while away an evening is okay. But, you never want to get into the rut of getting too comfortable and not wanting to go out with one another, even if you’ve been together for 20 years, let alone a year or less. So, I’ve put together a few date ideas that you might want to consider when your special someone looks outside, sees the pouring rain and mentions staying in for the umpteenth million time this winter.

One good date idea is to bundle up in your best waterproof clothes, find a really good walking town, like Murphys, Old Town Sacramento or Grass Valley, and get out there and take a walk in the rain. You can do this in the snow too, but if it’s really cold that’s not such a good idea and when I say really cold I mean well below freezing. Sometimes it’s just plain fun to take a walk in the rain and in a small town atmosphere it’s even better because you can find really nice shops and excellent restaurants to boot when you both decide you’re a little too cold and need some warming up with a good meal and conversation.

Another way to spend an enjoyable few hours is to go to a museum that neither of you have ever visited before. You can do this even if you’re not really museum people. One of the cool things about most towns and cities is there is some form of local museum that holds a treasure trove of interesting artifacts, art or historical items that you never knew existed just around your corner.

If you live on the snow line or just near, it’s always fun to go up and play in the cold white stuff. As we get older we get a little more crabby about the snow, we say it’s too cold, it’s too wet or it’s just too plain snowy. But, the fact is that when you let yourself experience it like you did when you were a child it looks a whole lot different. You find that each snowflake really is unique, along with the fact that making snow angels really is kind of fun even if your 40.

Bowling is another good bad weather indoor date option. No beginner is really any good but it’s a lot of fun to just go, ignore the score and watch with bated breath at where your bowling ball ends up. Mine mostly end up in the gutter, but there’s that rare occurrence, on par with a miracle, when I actually knock down some pins. And, believe it or not, when you go on a goofy date like bowling you’ll probably have a lot more fun than if you just stayed home and watched television.

Now, I’m sure you can think of a lot more than the few I’ve come up with, going for a drink at a historic hotel, seeing a local theatre troupe, attending a fundraiser for a local philanthropic group are some others. The point is to not let the bad weather keep you inside or to make it the excuse for not going out. No matter what time of year, it’s always fun to find something to do with that special someone in your life and go out a do it.


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