Congratulations! She’s agreed to go out on a date with you! Whether you’ve been trying to get her attention for minutes, months or millennia, it’s a great sign that she’s agreed to spend time with you. Now, the most important thing you must do is plan out that time. No matter how well or how little you know someone, first dates can be awkward. You need to work to mitigate that feeling and can do so by considering some fun first date ideas.
There are options that you can consider for your first date that range anywhere from low key to extremely extravagant. You have to carefully consider what relationship you may have already built with the woman of your dreams as friends, coworkers or acquaintance and plan out your first date to be based not only on that but on anything you already know about your new friend.
Some terrific and fun first date ideas include low key settings like the beach or a concert or to play pool. By not taking her into an intense environment, you are giving both her and yourself permission to relax and really get to know each other in a casual setting.
If want to attract this woman, you can tailor the date to her interests. If you know what kind of music she likes, a concert can be a good first date because you can have a shared interest to concentrate on and limited times to feel awkward in between. Playing pool may bring out your competitive sides and leave you both feeling good about your date. And who doesn’t love going to the beach ‘ assuming one is nearby, of course! Rays, waves and dates ‘ they all fit together nicely.
For a first date that includes more one on one attention, consider packing a picnic lunch and heading off to a peaceful setting. This will give you time to really talk and get to know each other without the pressures of the outside world intruding.
And if you run out of topics of conversation, you’ve packed plenty of food to enjoy together. One of the most fun activities you can participate in on a picnic date is spreading out a huge blanket and laying back to simply watch the clouds roll by. With any amount of luck and a bit of chemistry thrown in, you’ll be holding hands and even more by the end of the day.
If you want to show the new lady in your life how special you think she is – and how much you want to pamper her, you’ll want to choose a high end first date that is extravagant with a capital ‘E.’ Instead of a sightseeing tour around your city, instead arrange for a hot air balloon ride.
Expensive, but well worth snagging the woman of your dreams! Among fun first date ideas, arranging all transportation by limo service is near the top. You can take a limo anywhere ‘ even to the park for a picnic lunch. But how romantic of you to arrange to ride in luxury!
Marvin, Mabel, and Ike Yourdon – the General Sherman tree, in Sequoia National Forest?
Image by Ed Yourdon
I’m pretty sure the people in the photo are Ray’s brother Marvin Yourdon, and his parents Mabel and Ike Yourdon.
On the bench, you can see the word "General," and also what seems to be the letters "AN". And it certainly does seem to be a giant sequoia tree in the background.
So I googled "Sherman sequoia" and found this page:
According to Wikipedia, the tree is 275 feet tall, has a diameter of 25 feet, and an estimated age of 2300 – 2700 years.
Meanwhile, I have no idea who took this photo, nor when it was taken….
I put in an arbitrary date of 1935, but I have no idea if that is correct…
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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