Dating Tips With 10 First Date Ideas That You’ll Love

Most first dates consist of the usual dinner and a movie. While there is nothing wrong with this, it’s very cliché. After reading these dating tips, you will realize that what is needed is a variety of date ideas that can conform to the interests of both of you rather than go with what is easy. Yes, easy can be good, but easy is not always going to result in that second date. The following is a list of dating tips, which provides date ideas that will make that first date one to remember:

Go bowling – It’s old-school, it’s casual, and it’s fun. You can eat while you do it, play as long as you want, and the environment is low-stress.

Aquariums – This one is right up there in the list of great dating ideas. If there is an aquarium in your area or one in a nearby city, you should definitely take advantage of it. This is one of those great dating tips because the environment is a relaxed one. You can walk leisurely and not run out of anything to talk about.

Hiking – Most areas, even metro areas, have areas where you can go hiking or walking. Physical activity on a first date makes both of you feel good because exercise produces endorphins and endorphins make people happy. If your date is not the outdoorsy type, a walk through the park may be just fine.

Theater- Rather than go to the movie theater, go see a stage play. What is unique about a stage play is that there is an intermission, unlike a movie, so the two of you can talk.

Art gallery – If your date is the artsy type, then a trip to the art gallery can be the ideal place for a date. Do a little research about the gallery beforehand so you can have some knowledge about the pieces within it, which will help ensure the conversation keeps going.

Golfing – Even those individuals not into golf will have a good time going to the local golf course, renting a golf cart, and trying to hit the small ball into the small hole from long distances. Seeing how far the ball goes and driving the cart is a lot of fun.

Music shows – Go to a local music show, but not one that is too loud. Because conversation is very important, you want to go to a venue where the music and the ability to converse are well balanced.

Skating – Whether there is an ice skating rink in your area or a regular skating rink, skating is a lot of fun. Nowadays, the rinks are not very crowded, so this will allow the two of you to get to know each other better.

Explore your town – This is one of the most unique dating ideas due to the fact that many don’t think about touring their own towns. However, the two of you may know things about the town that the other doesn’t. See your town from a tourist’s perspective and you’ll learn things you never knew while having great conversation with a great date.

Food – Go to a restaurant neither one of you have ever eaten at. This will enable the two of you to experience something new together.

These dating tips are made to help you make your future dating experiences more successful. When you use these dating ideas, you will find that it gives your first date more quality while keeping it interesting . By achieving that success, you can move on to the second date and then to a third. You never know when the person you decide to do unique activities with will be the person who you spend the rest of your life with.

Mom, me, and Ray – Washington, Fall 1946.
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: I should have placed this photo — and all of the other ones that I’ll be uploading on April 18-19, 2015 — at the end of this album of Washington, DC photos (i.e., the ones that got uploaded first), because they were taken in 1946, long after my mother had gotten divorced, and moved (with me) from Florida back to her mother’s house in Washington, DC.

In a few of the photos, you’ll note that my mother has now met, and presumably begun dating, my stepfather Ray Yourdon. He was based in Washington at the end of his Navy enlistment; and when it was all over, they got married and the family moved to Denver in 1947 (which you’ll find in a separate Flickr album covering the period of 1947-50).

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Mom’s typewritten note on this album page says, "Daddy’s Home for the Weekend! Fall, 1946".

I’ve arbitrarily chosen a date of mid-October, since the trees seem to be changing color in the background.

The picture appears to have been taken on the front sidewalk of Mom’s childhood house at 3430 Porter Street, Washington, DC.

I have no idea why I have a bandaid on my forehead…

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All of the photos in this album are “originals” from the period when I was an infant in the mid-1940s — i.e., the period before I lived in Omaha, Riverside, Roswell, New York, Ft. Worth, and Denver (photos of which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives).

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 70+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

My own story changes dramatically at this point: the man I’ve presented as my Dad in previous Flickr albums, Ray Yourdon, was actually my stepfather. My birth parents grew up in Washington DC, married, and moved to Florida in the early days of World War II. My birth father worked as a flight instructor for the Air Force, and I was born on an Air Force base near Ft. Walton Beach, in the panhandle section of Florida (which you can read about here, if you’re interested: www.eglin.af.mil )

Some time after that, my parents divorced and my mother moved back to Washington with me, to live with her mother. After a bitter custody battle over me (so I’ve been told), I didn’t see my birth-father again until I was 30—at which point I was surprised to learn that I had three more half-sisters, in addition to the two I had grown up with (i.e., both my mother and my birth-father had remarried after they got divorced from each other). But that’s another story, with another set of photos …

Meanwhile, my mother worked as a secretary in the Pentagon as the war wound down, and when my stepfather ended up in Washington toward the end of his tour of duty in the Navy, they met, and married, and moved to Denver to begin a new life … chapters of which you’ve been seeing in these Flickr albums during the last several weeks.

So the photos in this album are from my birth in Florida through the first year or so of my childhood in Washington — uploaded in reverse chronological order, starting in 1945. I haven’t written any details, because I have no conscious memory of what was happening at the time; and at this point, all of my parents, step-parents, and grandparents are gone. Yes, I do have five wonderful sisters, all of whom share various memories with me; but I’m the oldest of the brood, so I have no siblings with first-hand information about what I was doing for the first year or two of my life.

All I have are the photos that you see here. But they do tell a story, and that’s why I think it’s so important that you track down all of your own photos and preserve them somewhere for the generations who will follow after you.

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Great First Date Ideas

So, you’ve met someone, maybe through online dating or maybe just in your local supermarket. You’ve started taking and they have agreed to go on a date with you. Now, where do you take them?

The traditional dinner and a film is okay, but you can do better than that. A first date is all about testing the water, finding out if the two of you are compatible and have a similar view on life. A good first date should be based around conversation but it should also have an element of excitement and distraction. This helps if the conversation dries up and stops there being too much pressure on you both to keep talking.

When you go to see a film, you are sat in the dark and expected to keep quiet, this does not promote conversation and interaction. A meal can also be a bit daunting. People often do not like to eat with strangers and you may feel you have to impress by going to an expensive restaurant you can’t really afford. If you have both been on the dating scene for a while, chances are you have been on a number of these types of date and they can all blur into one leaving you a bit jaded.

So how do you take them on a memorable date that you will both enjoy and remember and at the same time find out as much as you can about your potential love interest?

Here are a list of dates ideas which will hopefully achieve all of these aims:

Bowling, Pool, Driving Range, Mini Golf

These are all fun sports which almost everyone can have a go at even if you have never tried before. They will make you laugh and create a bit of friendly competition between the two of you without costing a lot. If you are quite good at the sport, you can teach your date how to play, just don’t show off as this won’t impress your date. This type of date will be memorable and may involve a little physical interaction all of which will help build a bond between the two of you.

Climbing, Ice Skating, Go Carting

If you liked the previous suggestion but want something with a bit more action, then maybe a more physical sport is right for you. Memories made during high levels of adrenaline are stronger. And there is nothing like a little bit of danger to reveal a persons true personality.

Watching A Sports Match

If you prefer to watch sports rather than play them, you could try a date at a sports match. If both like a popular sport and especially if you support the same team then this could be perfect. If however one of you is less sporty or you support rival teams, why not try going to an unusual sport. For example if you live in the UK, try ice hockey or basketball. A lower league match is usually quite cheap and exciting. Even if you don’t know the rules you can have fun finding out together.

Walking, Hiking, Going To The Beach, Cycle Ride

If you live near the countryside and both enjoy the great outdoors, this could be the ideal date for you. A nice walk, or cycle ride chatting and enjoying the scenery together could be a great way to spend the day. It’s also completely free.

Rowing

I do mean rowing in a boat, the other type of rowing would be an awful way to spend a first date. If you live near a river or a lake, you could spend the day here. You will have something to look at, apart from your date, and you will be guaranteed a bit of privacy to talk.

Fun Fair, Theme Park, Zoo, Aquarium, Arcade

Bring out the inner child in yourself and your date and you are bound to have fun. Riding roller coasters, winning prizes, getting close to lions or sharks or shooting zombies. All of these will create conversation and lead to a memorable easy day with no pressure or expectations.

Dancing Lesson, Art Lesson, Cooking Lesson, Wine Tasting, Pottery Class

Despite what you might think, learning can be fun. Dancing lessons especially offer the opportunity to get up close to your date in a comfortable safe and fun environment and you’ve all seen the movie Ghost. You may prefer being in a crowd and you will be able to see how your date interacts with others. Also if you don’t get along with each other, at least you will have picked up a new skill.

Museum, Art Gallery, Book Or Poetry Recital

If you had a more intellectual date in mind, you may opt for one of these activities. The majority of these are free and they will give you and your date something deep and thought provoking to talk about.

Picnic

What could be nicer than sitting in a park, public garden or on the beach in the sunshine with a picnic. You could each make your favourite food or just buy it from the shop. A picnic could be combined with a walk or a boat ride and offer lots of opportunity for conversation.

Local Gig, Comedy Show, Ghost Walk

Simple and relatively cheap date ideas which will allow you to chat and be entertained at the same time. A ghost walk is particularly good in the winter when the nights are at there darkest. It allows you to mix with others at the same time and you will always have someone to hold on to if you should see something scary.

Shopping

Maybe not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a date, but most people male and female like shopping of some sort. It can reveal a lot about your dates personality and attitude to money, both of which are important in a relationship. Try shopping for a gift for a family member the same sex as your date and asking for their advice.

Volunteering

For a very different date why not spend some time volunteering together. Try working a few hours at a soup kitchen. This will show your date that you have a caring sharing side and will let you see if your date has one too. You will be able to see how you interact together and will other people from all walks of life. At the end of the date you will also gain satisfaction from the knowledge that you have spent your time doing something good. This gives you a natural high which is a great feeling for a first date.

If You Must Do Dinner And A Film

If you must do the usual dinner and a film, you can at least spice it up a bit.

Make sure you see the film first so you have something to discuss during the meal. Why not swap the film for a play or trip to the theatre to make it more memorable. Also why not try something different with the meal. Pick a type of food none of you have ever eaten before or go for something less formal and fun like fish and chips.

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Mystery photo
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Image by Ed Yourdon
I have no idea when or where this photo was taken, nor do I know who the four people are.

I put in an arbitrary date of 1935, but I have no idea if that is correct…

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To the best of my knowledge, most of the photos in this Flickr album were taken by my grandmother, Mabel Yourdon, during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Most of them depict scenes of everyday life in mining camps and small towns near the Utah-Colorado border. Some of them show hunting, fishing, and camping trips in unspecified parts of the American west. It appears that a few of them were taken in southern California, when Mabel and her husband Ike traveled out there to visit relatives.

I have no idea what kind of camera Mabel used for these photos, nor what kind of film. There probably wasn’t that much variety available in the 1920s, and she was not a “professional” photographer. So it may have been a Brownie and whatever B/W film Kodak was selling at the time.

My stepfather, Ray Yourdon, was born in 1922; and his older brother, Marvin, was born two years before that. You’ll see photos of Ray and Marvin when they were young boys, when they were in high school, and when they went off to join the Navy and the Marines to fight in World War II.

Somewhere around 2005, I asked Ray if he could tell me the details of some of the photos; where possible, I have included those details in the notes for the photos. Some of the photos obviously evoked pleasant memories, and I heard stories about minor day-to-day events in his life that I had never heard before. But we rarely got through more than a few pictures before he ran out of energy; and so many of the photos have no explanation at all.

At this point, my parents and grandparents are all gone. I have cousins who grew up in the same area where these photos were taken, and one or two of them are still in that area. They may be able to fill in a few of the details; otherwise, you’ll just have to accept these photos as a glimpse of what life was like nearly a hundred years ago …

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Romantic Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is for many considered to be one of the most romantic date nights of the year. Whether you are single and dating or you are married and part of a couple – you’ll want to have a special date night on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to settle for going to an expensive restaurant either. There are many choices to choose from when it comes to romantic date ideas for Valentine’s Day.

One suggestion would be to try recreating your first date or even one of your favorite dates. Sometimes this isn’t even a very expensive date – but more of one that brings back a lot of happy memories for the two of you. That’s the whole point isn’t it? Imagine going to your favorite, yet inexpensive Italian restaurant for spaghetti and meatballs or for a night of bowling with rented shoes. That first night is what got your relationship started growing to where it is now. Best of all, choosing a different type of activity is likely to be less crowded and the costs will be much cheaper than going to an expensive restaurant.

Another excellent choice for many couples is trying a physical activity that they have always wanted to try. Doing something new together can be very bonding and bring you closer together. Try beginner ballroom dance lessons or a massage class. Or even a couples yoga class. There are so many choices to select from – you can easily find something that tickles both of your fancies. A physical activity often involves touching each other or simply becoming more conscious of your body. That can help your romantic life in many ways, especially for long term couples looking for a little extra sizzle.

Trying a new cuisine is also a fun choice on Valentine’s Day. The key to this experience is that it is something the two of you both want to try – not simply something one of you wants to do and the other one is just putting up with. When you try a new experience, this newness reminds you of how you were as a new couple and can take you out of a rut. Trying a new experience like a different cuisine is most often a “safe” choice because it is a small decision but it can lead to making bigger choices you desire in your relationship.

Remember that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be full of the standard cliche type dates. Some people think they have to spend a fortune on Valentine’s Day gifts. They really make an effort to get the biggest, brightest and most over-the-top Valentine’s Day gift they can find. The most ironic thing is that often these gifts are easily forgotten. What our romantic partners usually want from us is thoughtfulness. Try writing a love letter or giving them a rose – one for every month you have been together.

The key is to spend quality time with your loved one and really explore and express your true feelings. True love is something you just can’t put a price tag on.

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Me on a fall afternoon – Oct 1944
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This is one of roughly half a dozen color photos. No idea where it was taken, or what was going on. Based on the handwritten date on the front of the photo, I’ve arbitrarily dated it in mid-October of that year…

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All of the photos in this album are “originals” from the period when I was an infant in the mid-1940s — i.e., the period before I lived in Omaha, Riverside, Roswell, New York, Ft. Worth, and Denver (photos of which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives).

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 70+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

My own story changes dramatically at this point: the man I’ve presented as my Dad in previous Flickr albums, Ray Yourdon, was actually my stepfather. My birth parents grew up in Washington DC, married, and moved to Florida in the early days of World War II. My birth father worked as a flight instructor for the Air Force, and I was born on an Air Force base near Ft. Walton Beach, in the panhandle section of Florida (which you can read about here, if you’re interested: www.eglin.af.mil )

Some time after that, my parents divorced and my mother moved back to Washington with me, to live with her mother. After a bitter custody battle over me (so I’ve been told), I didn’t see my birth-father again until I was 30—at which point I was surprised to learn that I had three more half-sisters, in addition to the two I had grown up with (i.e., both my mother and my birth-father had remarried after they got divorced from each other). But that’s another story, with another set of photos …

Meanwhile, my mother worked as a secretary in the Pentagon as the war wound down, and when my stepfather ended up in Washington toward the end of his tour of duty in the Navy, they met, and married, and moved to Denver to begin a new life … chapters of which you’ve been seeing in these Flickr albums during the last several weeks.

So the photos in this album are from my birth in Florida through the first year or so of my childhood in Washington — uploaded in reverse chronological order, starting in 1945. I haven’t written any details, because I have no conscious memory of what was happening at the time; and at this point, all of my parents, step-parents, and grandparents are gone. Yes, I do have five wonderful sisters, all of whom share various memories with me; but I’m the oldest of the brood, so I have no siblings with first-hand information about what I was doing for the first year or two of my life.

All I have are the photos that you see here. But they do tell a story, and that’s why I think it’s so important that you track down all of your own photos and preserve them somewhere for the generations who will follow after you.

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

For many Valentine’s Day is one day of the year where couples really want to have a great date and show their partner how much they love them and care about them. However, many people have a great deal of trouble deciding planning a Valentine’s Day. This may be because there is a great deal of pressure to plan a fabulous date or simply because the person planning the date just doesn’t know how to plan a great date on any day of the year and is particularly stressed about planning a date on such an important day. Whichever the case, this article will provide a few date ideas for a great Valentine’s Day.

A romantic candlelight dinner is one of the most classic ideas for a Valentine’s Day date. Whether you plan and cook an elaborate meal by yourself, order in pizza and eat by candlelight or go out to an elegant restaurant with a great atmosphere, this type of date is likely to be well received. Although a romantic candlelight dinner might seem like a boring idea for a Valentine’s Day date just because it has been done so often and isn’t very original but it is a date idea which is always appreciated and never goes out of style.

Going out for a night of dancing is another great idea for a Valentine’s Day date. If you and your partner are already great dancers you can simply head out to a local dance club and plan on dancing away the evening. However, you might want to make things a little more interesting by changing things a little. For example if you and your partner typically enjoy country dancing you might try heading to a nightclub featuring salsa music. This will help to make the date seem more interesting. If you and your partner do not have a great deal of experience dancing, you can try arranging ballroom dancing lessons as a Valentine’s Day date idea. This will give you and your date an opportunity to learn something new together and connect in a new way.

Another great idea for a Valentine’s Day date idea is to rent a series of movies according to a particular theme and spend the evening watching movies and making popcorn at home. You can opt for renting several romantic movies to set the mood for Valentine’s Day but you don’t have to have the evening focus on romance. You can choose any theme which you and your partner will enjoy. For example you may try a few different sports related movies or a series of comedies. Whichever you choose, you are sure to have a great time because you are getting the opportunity to spend some quality time alone with your date.

A helicopter ride is a really romantic date idea for Valentine’s Day. Depending on where you live, you are likely to find pilots who offer scenic rides for this type of occasion. Whether you opt for a ride over a city or through scenic mountains, you and your date are sure to enjoy this unique Valentine’s Day date. This could be rather expensive and will likely not be a rather long event. To cut down on costs you might consider combining the helicopter ride with coffee and dessert afterwards instead of an expensive dinner.

Cultural events such as plays and visits to museums also make great Valentine’s Day date ideas. These types of events can be especially good ideas if you and your date do not normally engage in these types of activities. You can spend an afternoon or an evening comparing opinions on art displays or sit through a play or opera. However, it is important to remember these types of activities are only good ideas for a Valentine’s Day date if it is something you and your date will enjoy but normally don’t have time to do. If you and your date don’t normally do these types of things because you don’t enjoy them, then it would not be a good idea for a Valentine’s Day date.

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Patrice and Aleda at the local Riverside swimming pool – summer 1954
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Though it looks like summertime in this picture, the actual print has a date of "Oct 1954" on it. Patrice and Aleda are standing in their "floaties," at some public pool in the area — I have no idea which one. This was a particularly affluent time, nor did we live in an affluent neighborhood: we did not have a pool in our backyard, nor did most others in the neighborhood. Indeed, I remember only one neighbor who did have a pool, and their kids were extremely popular as a result…

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Most of the photos in this album were taken nearly 40 years after we first moved to Riverside, CA, as part of some research that I was doing for a novel called Do-Overs, the beginning of which can be found here on my website

www.yourdon.com/personal/fiction/doovers/index.html

and the relevant chapter (concerning Riverside) can be found here:

www.yourdon.com/personal/fiction/doovers/chapters/ch8.html

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 60+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

So, what do I remember about the year that I spent in Riverside? Not much at the moment, though I’m sure more details will occur to me in the days to come — and I’ll add them to these notes, along with additional photos that I’m tweaking and editing now (including some of the drive from Riverside to Omaha, where our family moved next), as well as some “real” contemporaneous photos I’ve found in family scrapbooks.

For now, here is a random list of things I remember:

1. I attended one school, somewhere in downtown Riverside, when my parents were looking for a house; and when they finally found a house out at the edge of town (at the base of the San Bernardino foothills), I was switched to a different school. This was typical; I usually attended two different schools in every city we lived in, and I attended a total of 17 schools before heading off to college.

2. While I eventually rode my bike to and from the second house to my school, I started off riding a school bus. A bunch of us kids would wait on a corner for the bus to arrive; and it was at the edge of a huge orange grove that seemed to stretch on forever. There were always a few rotten oranges lying on the ground, thoroughly rotten, and these substituted nicely for snowballs. There is nothing like the experience of being smacked in the stomach, of your fresh clean shirt, with a rotten orange.

3. Like most other suburban kids in the 1950s, I was allowed to do all sorts of things alone — as long as I returned home by dinner time. I could ride my bike anywhere I wanted, alone; I could hike way up into the hills alone (as long as I had a pocket-knife, which my father insisted I carry in case I was bitten by a rattlesnake). And I was allowed to sleep outside in the back yard, in a sleeping bag, virtually whenever I wanted to. The weather was always quite mild, the skies were clear (Los Angeles smog had not reached us in those days), and the stars were utterly amazing. There were shooting stars to watch, an experience I have never forgotten.

4. I discovered that marbles were excellent projectiles to shoot with one’s slingshot, and that they would actually travel in a more-or-less straight line. I became pretty good at shooting lizards with my slingshot; all I needed was an endless supply of marbles (because you could only shoot them once, at which point they would generally disappear somewhere). So I began practicing quite hard, played competitive games of marbles every day at school, and eventually amassed great quantities of the little round things.

5. Even better than lizards were spiders; they were everywhere, and they were relatively easy to catch. I don’t think any of them were dangerous, and in any case, none of them bit me. I sometimes put them in my pants pocket for the day, and I often brought them home. And I would put them in the dresser drawer with my socks and underwear; it seemed like a good place for them to relax. My mother discovered a couple of them one day, and was not impressed.

6. We had relatives in the city of Los Angeles, and made the 50-mile drive to visit them once or twice a year. We also made a 50-mile drive once or twice to visit San Juan Capistrano, which my parents thought was the most wonderful place in the world — mostly, they told me, because of the famous swallows that migrate each year from someplace in Argentina. In fact, I think they were impressed because they were old enough to like a 1940 hit song, “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano,” which I couldn’t stand. If they had told me the place was the locale of the first Zorro novella (“The Curse of Capistrano,” published in 1919), I would have been much more impressed.

7. Riverside is where I got my first dog—a mutt named Blackie, that was part of a litter produced by the next-door neighbor’s dog. It provided an open invitation for me to visit the next-door neighbors whenever I wanted, and swim in their pool (a rarity in those days). At the end of our year in Riverside, Blackie moved with us to our next location — traveling all the way in a little house/bed that had been made for him in the World War II Jeep that Dad hitched to his Chevrolet.

8. Riverside is also where I had my first exposure, at school, to kids of other ethnic backgrounds. There were Asian kids, and black kids, and Latino kids (whom, sadly, my father referred to generically as “Mexicans,” but whom he also held in high respect because he remembered watching their comrades working harder and longer than any of the “white boys” in the rough mining and ranching camps on the Utah/Colorado border, where he had grown up). All of us were thrown together in the same classroom, all of us traveled to each other’s houses and neighborhoods after school, and nobody seemed to think it was unusual in any way.

9. I learned, to my enormous delight, that I *was* different in one special way: I was left-handed. During the pickup baseball games that we played constantly during recess, lunch, and after school, there were never enough baseball gloves for everyone, so everyone simply shared with everyone else (after all, if your team is at bat, you don’t need your baseball glove). But I was the only left-handed kid around, apparently the only one in the whole school; so nobody ever wanted to share my glove.

Fun Date Ideas For Romance With Couples Yoga – Floating, Flexing and Melting

For couples that are looking for fun date ideas, soulful and revitalizing ways to connect, couples or partner yoga provides a medium to build trust, intimacy, playfulness and romance. Couples learn to connect on that mat through synchronized breathwork, a guided meditation where they can set an intention for their relationship. Later in the practice their is a tandem partner yoga sequence that consists of partner poses where they are assisting, adjusting and mirroring each other. Partner are encouraged to respect their own physical limits and boundaries and not push themselves or their partner into pain by doing a position that is not in their fitness range.

For the yoga newbies, many of the poses are simple to follow so that they will be able to follow along. For seasoned yoga practioners, they will find new variations on classical poses such as warrior, tree, gate, forward folds and side bends. For those that are unathletic or stiff and inflexble most of the poses are suitable for range of body types and fitness levels.

At the end of the partner yoga class there is a guided Thai massage lessons and partners are encouraged to focus on what their intention is and not to be anxious about technique or skill. Partner should be focused on what they want their hands to transmit such as love, healing or relaxation. The massage techniques are easy for newcomers to perform and there are many instructions given on how to tell if your partner is enjoying the masssage such as watching the rise and fall of their diaphram to make sure it is slow and rythmic. You also can sometimes look at your partner’s forehead and make sure it is not all scrunched up. Everyone so often you want to check in on the pressure and make sure it is not too light or painful.

Partner stay fully clothed during the experience and often end the class in a loving embrace where they are encouraged to savor their moment and be focused on their partner and not on anything else that is happening in the class at that point.

After the class you should avoid going to a noisy bar or restaurant since you will be in such a peaceful connected state it will be too jarring. It’s advised to just plan on having a peaceful night with wine, tea, soft music, candles and maybe a guided meditation which are just some of the romantic ideas to continue the evening.

Watch a video of partner yoga poses here: Partner Yoga Poses

Jasmine Kaloudis blogs about holistic lifestyle topics such as fun date ideas and gluten free chocolate cake recipeson her blog.

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Fun Dating Ideas You Can Do For A Change

Dating is, of course, something that we love doing. Spending some time with that special someone is something that we often want to be fun, enjoyable and exciting.

Dating, especially first dates are meant to get to know the person well and it could be done in many ways than having the usual dinner dates. If you eventually love to know more about the person and bring her to another date, it might be a little too boring to invite her to the usual dinner date or so. Aside from these common dating activities, you can also try to think of unique and fun dating ideas that will make you both enjoy your time together.

Whether you are with someone who is quite shy or someone who is an achiever, getting into fun activities would surely bring out that fun side in each other. If you are looking for unique or fun dating ideas, here are a few ideas that I personally think are fun, exciting and romantic date ideas.

1. Walking or Jogging. Having an early morning exercise together can be fun. You can also share breakfast or coffee together. Starting the day with these activities can boost your energy for the whole day and most importantly, you can always have an excuse if the date turned out to be not the type you want.

2. Wall Climbing. If you are adventurous but cannot find some outdoor places to go to, you can also try wall climbing. It could bring out the adventurous side of you and your date.

3. Take a Joyride. You do not have to be in the same old car. You can go for a joyride on a bike and when you need a little conversation, you can always stop at some great place where you can just lay your picnic basket and share a good laugh and a nice conversation.

4. Amusement Park. You can have an excuse to hold her hand while on a rollercoaster ride, or an excuse to wrap your arms around her on fun amusement park rides. Indeed, it can be a good way to make dates fun. Just make sure neither of you have fear of heights.

5. Water Fun. If you are near the beach or a lake, and of course if it is a summer date, water adventures can be fun to spend the day with your date. Kayaking can be enjoyable and you still get to talk about each other’s lives while doing the activity. If you are a little more adventurous, you can try parasailing as well.

6. Horseback Riding. You may have seen it in the movies but you can also have a romantic date in a horseback. Take lessons from experts so you can both enjoy from the experience.

These fun dating ideas can be just a few of the many things you can enjoy with your partner. You can always be creative on your dates and find more ways to make your time enjoyable and fun. Dates need not be too serious, and it is sometimes in enjoying fun activities like this that you get to see the beauty of the person you are with.

Carolyn Anderson is a freelance author who is a fan of books on love and romance. For more creative date ideas, you can check out 300 Creative Dates. Also check out Guy Gets Girl, where you can find proven techniques on making a woman fall for you.

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There Are Some Very Affordable Date Ideas

With a tight economy and many different financial responsibilities on your plate, you may be thinking that you just shouldn’t be dating right now. The fact of the matter is that you can date on a budget; you just need to look into different options when it comes to actually going out, whether it is with someone new or in an established relationship. There are some very affordable date ideas that will allow you to have a great time, on little to nothing!

Visit your local winery or even brewery where goods are discounted or even free, Attend an open mic night! You could listen to some great music, poetry, or readings that will really move and entertain you, Take up a new sport together.

Why not learn to play disc golf or ultimate Frisbee? There are a lot of great games out there that you have probably never played before but can learn to play on a small budget and you’ll have fun doing it, Watch a pay-per-view event at home with friends.

Have everyone contribute to the price of the show as well as bring snacks with them–this is easily a full day of entertainment for next to nothing, Head to the beach! You can enjoy the beach for nothing, or if you want to bring some snacks and make a day of it you can go for less than $ 10!

This is a great way to really bond and enjoy quality time with one another, Make dinner. This is a great date idea because it will establish intimacy that you may not have had before and will be cheaper than going out,Go on a picnic, Visit a local school or performing arts center for a free or low cost show, Play a fun game of poker with both of your friends, Rent a couple movies, buy some snacks, and enjoy the night in for less than $ 20!

As you can see, you don’t need a huge budget to create some fantastic dates. All of these dates will work well whether you are planning the evening for someone that you have been in a relationship with for awhile, or if it is someone new that you want to impress.

If you just relax and realize that you don’t have to go into debt to go out you’ll find that there are some great options that will bring you close together without all of the stress about money. When you do away with the expectation of spending a lot of money, you’ll uncover a lot of great ideas for dates.

Rodrigo Rehn is a Relationships Expert, Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance online dating for singles.

Me, my mother, and my grandmother – Washington, Apr 1945
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This looks like it was taken in Washington, DC — perhaps after Mom divorced Art and moved back to her mother’s house.

I assume the woman on the left is Mom’s mother.

Another photo on the same album page says "April 1945," so I’ve arbitrarily dated this one for mid-April of that year…

I have no idea who took this photo, though my guess is that it was either my mother’s brother or sister.

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All of the photos in this album are “originals” from the period when I was an infant in the mid-1940s — i.e., the period before I lived in Omaha, Riverside, Roswell, New York, Ft. Worth, and Denver (photos of which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives).

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 70+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

My own story changes dramatically at this point: the man I’ve presented as my Dad in previous Flickr albums, Ray Yourdon, was actually my stepfather. My birth parents grew up in Washington DC, married, and moved to Florida in the early days of World War II. My birth father worked as a flight instructor for the Air Force, and I was born on an Air Force base near Ft. Walton Beach, in the panhandle section of Florida (which you can read about here, if you’re interested: www.eglin.af.mil )

Some time after that, my parents divorced and my mother moved back to Washington with me, to live with her mother. After a bitter custody battle over me (so I’ve been told), I didn’t see my birth-father again until I was 30—at which point I was surprised to learn that I had three more half-sisters, in addition to the two I had grown up with (i.e., both my mother and my birth-father had remarried after they got divorced from each other). But that’s another story, with another set of photos …

Meanwhile, my mother worked as a secretary in the Pentagon as the war wound down, and when my stepfather ended up in Washington toward the end of his tour of duty in the Navy, they met, and married, and moved to Denver to begin a new life … chapters of which you’ve been seeing in these Flickr albums during the last several weeks.

So the photos in this album are from my birth in Florida through the first year or so of my childhood in Washington — uploaded in reverse chronological order, starting in 1945. I haven’t written any details, because I have no conscious memory of what was happening at the time; and at this point, all of my parents, step-parents, and grandparents are gone. Yes, I do have five wonderful sisters, all of whom share various memories with me; but I’m the oldest of the brood, so I have no siblings with first-hand information about what I was doing for the first year or two of my life.

All I have are the photos that you see here. But they do tell a story, and that’s why I think it’s so important that you track down all of your own photos and preserve them somewhere for the generations who will follow after you.

First Date Ideas: Consider These Points

Everyone is on a look out for some great first date ideas for that perfect date. No matter, how you two met or who invited whom for the first date, it is always a nervous and delicate phase for both of you. There are some dates that go flawless, leading to more dates in future and a beautiful relationship. In some cases, despite of their liking for each other, the partners mess up the first date, never to go for another date again. To make the date as perfect as you can, consider some points before executing any given first date idea.

Start Small And Keep It Friendly:

The purpose of going on a first date, is to know each other better, for this, you need nice, long conversations. You must choose a place, which encourages informal conversation and does not cost you heavily for spending hours there. Select the venue based on the weather too; if it’s warm you may take a walk in the park or on the beach. It is a great way to break the ice and get talking. You will find that after a few hours of talking to each other, you know so much about your date.

If the weather is not warm enough, you will have to settle down for indoors. Some great first date ideas for a perfect evening are: going to a concert, movie or theatre, then having dinner afterwards. You may simply select a cafe or a restaurant, to spend hours of uninterrupted talking.

Take care of some specific points when finalizing the first date ideas, the first being noise. The noise level of the place you are going to should be low enough, so that you do not have to shout on top of your voice to converse. Next important thing to keep in mind is the lighting. In a properly lighted setting, you can observe the other person and see his/her expressions and reactions on certain topics.

The other very important issue is the expense factor. Even if you can afford a very expensive evening / day out on your first date, but it might make your date a little uncomfortable. Choose one of the first date ideas; where nobody has to spend lots and both can be spared of some added tensions, the heavy expense can create.

The best first date ideas will be to go for a place which is cozy, informal, decent with a friendly atmosphere, where you can spend hours talking easily. First date ideas which are too fancy or sophisticated, might go wrong, because your date might not show his/her true personality and might be intimidated by the formal place. So, keep it simple and sweet and try to converse a lot, to know each other better.

Denise Villani an author and the webmaster of several article directories. Find more articles and information by visiting DeevsInfoArticles.com .

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This was rather satisfying to see outside a show, and uncovered in winter. It’s a great original looking Escort RS Turbo, which i think they all came in white? But this looked excellent, and good to see it outside. I imagine this is worth a large amount, and potential thieves would be plenty, so it’s a good idea of the owner to have that post blocking it. Currently SORNed for Winter I’m guessing.

Registration number: C466 EYC
✔ SORN
✔ MOT
Expires: 05 August 2015
Vehicle make FORD
Date of first registration 01 October 1985
Year of manufacture 1985
Cylinder capacity (cc) 1597cc
Fuel type PETROL
Export marker No
Vehicle status SORN in place
Vehicle colour WHITE