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).


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…


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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