Where to Go on Your First Date

That is an age-old question. Cave men had it made. They firmly believed in kidnapping and taking their date to a filthy cave out in the middle of nowhere. Those were what was known as the good old days. Now days first date destinations and plans are a little trickier. First let’s cover where NOT to go on a first date.

The old standby of dinner and a movie is a really poor choice for a first date. How will you get to know the lady if you are sitting in a darkened theater with a movie being shown? If you choose the movie, there is probably going to be a lot of frantic car chases and a lot of blood involved. Neither are conducive to creating a memorable evening.

Also, don’t take your date to your parent’s house! She will know right away that you are a mama’s boy and you will never see her again.

Don’t take your date to a sleazy bar with a motel out back. You will scare the poor woman to death. She will jump out of the car and hitchhike back to town believing that she would be safer with a burly truck driver than with you. Now, some good first date ideas are:

Begin with a simple lunch or coffee date. You want to keep the date casual so suggesting meeting up for lunch or coffee can be a good start. This way, if the date didn’t go so well, you can end the date there but if you enjoy each other company, you have the rest of the day to spend getting to know each other better.

Here are some ideas of where to go if the lunch or coffee date tells you’re there is some good chemistry happening:

If it is the season, an amusement park or a theme park is a good first date idea. It doesn’t matter how old you are, we can all be big kids at heart. There’re so much you can do at amusement parks and theme parks that most likely you will forget about the dating pressure and just have fun.

Most well populated areas have an array of museums covering many different subjects. Visiting one that is dedicated to something that you have in common with the woman is another good first date idea.

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Assignment: PCA116- Simplicity
Date: Aug 1st – Aug 15th
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From: bowtoo – Tim

One aspect of composition that is tough to pay attention to is "simplicity". How do you tell a story, or single out a subject and remove all the clutter that might distract a viewer?

A photographer said at a talk I went to that you should be able to say a simple, single phrase about any photograph you take. As soon as you have to use more than one phrase to describe an image you already have too much clutter.

Several techniques for simplifying an image are to make a tighter crop, isolate the subject better (with light or depth of field) or to pay attention to the background when you take the shot.

The assignment for this week is to shoot an image that can be summarized in a single phrase. To increase the interest, I’d like you to leave off the title and have the people critiquing your image come up with suggestions when they look at it at the end of the week.

I am interested to hear what others think of this. For me, what is interesting about "simplicity" in composition is how you reduce an image to one basic idea.

This may not be the best choice to illustrate to point because there is a lot in this image, but I do believe all of the elements of the image combine to make one simple statement about what is going on here.

Anne and I went to Hudson, MA for a balloon festival. We had to get up really early in the morning to make it in time for the launch. We were joined by fje49, nikonjim, garreyf, shadeauxe, cbushie and SusanMarshall

I did some post-processing on this image. No cropping – I met the president of the Balloon School of Massachusetts (I think that he said he is 84 years old) and he let me step in really close for this shot. He went up in this balloon with four others.

I did a little selective brightening of the basket and darkening of the flame.

Things To Know In Fun First Date Ideas

Are you at a diminution for first date ideas and having trouble approaching women because of it? You’re probably aware that old “dinner and a movie” thing went out of date with jackets, Corvettes and Bon Jovi’s music.

So what are a great time date ideas that can help add momentum to your dating life? If this is something you’ve been asking yourself, here are five great ideas to jazz up your dating life…

1) Ask Her What She Likes to Do

Yes, I realize that this sounds obvious. But how often do you actually ask a woman what she likes to do for enjoyment before she realizes that you’re about to ask her out? Chances are she’ll be eager to tell you as long as she thinks you’re just asking.

2) The Beach

This might not be a possibility depending on where you live, but it can be an exhilarating opportunity to get comfortable with some. At most beaches, there is enough going on to where you don’t feel like it’s too confidential or intimate….which is more comfortable for her.

3) Art Shows or Art Museums

Most art is either subtly sexual or very avid in nature, and is likely to bring out that kind of answer in her (at least a little bit). Sure, you still have to make certain that she’s concerned in you instead of the art. But this will also give you something interesting to discuss and help you learn slightly about how she interprets things.

4) Rock Climbing or Hiking

There are most likely several other things of this nature that you can ponder which might be good for a woman who is active or who likes the outdoors.

5) Sight Seeing

This kind of first date is only effective if you take her to a place where she has the opportunity to see a variety of things. Some cities have downtown areas which are great for sightseeing because they have many unique shops and businesses. Downtown areas are also good because many of them have parks you can walk in so that you can get the very best of the outdoors and of the city life.

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psychedelic/surreal film shoot entirely on analog 35mm SLR camera:

972 pictures
27 film rolls
16 hours of scanning
one month of editing and post-production.
2 kilos of niter

dir, dop, music – Pawel Uniatowicz
assistant director – Sylwester Bednarek
the spirit of the project – Karolina Jankowska

what’s the date today? the rabbit took the clock, watched it for a little while whereupon he threw it into a cup of tea
we were ready to tell who we are yesterday morning, but since then we had to change many times.
most importantly, we haven’t lost our craving for tea.
finally we’ve managed to put all of our words, meanings and reflections together. it’s all ready! now it contains everything we are!

The film is intended to promote lapanika space and ideas as a place to be a part of.
lapanika is a little bit of space in the heart of Wrocław(Poland). A place where people shop as well as coexist both with art and themselves. You can also buy clothes or get your clothes designed.
you can sit down, relax, have a chat, a tea, a lemonade, a laugh.
stay late at the bar if you just feel like it.


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Cheap First Date Ideas That Wont Break the Bank

So you finally got up the courage to ask her out and she said yes! But now you have another issue, your low on cash but still really want to take her out.

Don’t worry! Here are several cheap first date ideas that your date will love.

The Zoo

Who doesn’t love the zoo? Not only is this a cheap date idea but also a fun date idea. You can walk around looking at the animals, browse in the gift shop and have tons of great conversation. Don’t forget to tell her one of your funny zoo stories from when you were a kid, she will love it.


If your first date is during the week the bowling can be a fun and cheap first date idea. Many times bowling alleys will run specials on certain days during the week so call before you go to see what special they are having that day.

A Picnic

A picnic is a great first date idea that will give you time to chat and feel at ease together. Grab an old blanket make a few sandwiches, toss in a few snacks and pick up a cheap bottle of wine. Not only will she be impressed at your thoughtfulness but she will also love the idea of talking with you.

Volunteer At A Local Animal Shelter

What girl doesn’t want to see that you have a soft, caring side? Not only will volunteering at an animal shelter be a great way to show her your softer side but also will be a good thing for the shelter and your community. You can walk the dogs, play with the cats and just have a fun, not to mention free, date.

The Beach

You don’t have to wear a bathing suit at the beach, you don’t even have to go in the water. At the beach you can fly a kite, bike ride on the trails, toss the Frisbee around or just sit in the sun. You can also go in the water if you want to in regular clothes so that no one feels uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit on the first date. Bring an extra pair of shorts and shirt just in case and make sure to tell her to do the same. Having fun together is a sure way to impress your date.

A first date doesn’t have to be a budget busting, bank empting event. It can also be a great way to spend time with the girl you have been dying to take out for months and actually getting to know her.

Instead of draining your savings account why not appeal to her softer side and show her that you really put a lot of thought into your date and making it as easy going as possible. No one likes pressure on the first date and with these cheap first date ideas no one will feel uneasy which will surely help move you from date one to date two plus many more!

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This one is (obviously) inspired by the song ‘Rhinestone Cowboy‘ by Glen Campbell – but giving it a little up to date twist. It’s a screenprint on A3 paper with hand-painted pants and added rhinestone goodness. Unfortunately now that i’ve put the words ‘rhinestone cowboy’ down on paper (so to speak) I can’t get the bloody song out of my head. I suppose I should have guessed that would have happened. Oh well, I suppose I could have something more annoying running riot in my brain – perhaps ‘Blame it on the weatherman’ by B*witched. That would certainly count towards self-decapitation…

I can’t wait until we’ve got the screenprinter out again as i’ve got plenty of t-shirts & paper and a whole load of ideas that need to be used up. Hopefully sometime soon…



Title: Like a rhinesone b-boy
Media: Hand pulled screenprint with hand finished pants and a couple of added rhinestones!
Size: A3

Romantic First Date Ideas for a Memorable Date

Perfect romantic first date ideas are not easily conceived especially if the guy is not an expert in this particular area. If you want to make your date feel special but you are devoid of the imaginative ideas to do it, then you may find these pointers useful. If you are one of those men, who is not good in planning for a romantic date, check out the tips provided below. Who knows these steps may get you a notch higher and give you a chance to get repeat dates.

Romantic date will surely include spreading the blanket. Oops! I do not mean the bedroom blanket; spread the picnic blanket for a romantic picnic date. A day before your date, you can ask her to help you shop for the food and drinks that you are going to use. A picnic under the moonlight is also a perfect setting for a romantic first date.

Giving red roses to your special girl will certainly complete the romantic date. If money is not a problem, then giving her dozen of roses is probably one of the most romantic ideas on first date. The flowers will sure send the message on how important she is for you and would melt her heart too. The spark that you will witness in her eyes indicates how she appreciates your effort. However do not give her the bouquet of roses while you are in the restaurant, it will be quite awkward for her to carry the flowers all throughout your date.

A gift from you is also an indication on how thoughtful and romantic you are. As much as possible do not give expensive gift on your first date. You have to get to know her first before you give her a pricey gift during your date. It would also be quite difficult for you to top the gift you that you have given her especially if you will have repeat dates. To be on the safe side, you can bring her favourite dessert as your initial present, it shows that you did your assignment on researching what she actually likes.

If you are out on romantic first date, you can do a little flirting as well. Look at your date as if she is the most beautiful woman in the restaurant but avoid staring at her. Compliment her looks, her taste of wine or anything that you think is worth your compliment. You can get a little touchy too on appropriate areas such as her hands, cheeks and even the corner of her lips. Your sweet smile is always one of the best ways to add romance on your first date.

Your first date provides you the opportunity to get to know each other. Let her discover your romantic side during the course of your date. Your goal is to have a great time together and not to feel stressful during the time you are together. There is no need to go overboard just to show your romantic side; you have tome make her feel comfortable and special with your romantic first date ideas.

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Frame Work (Week Two of Fifty-Two)
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This photo:
I saw this photo while looking at entries to the diyphotography.net/portrait-professional-8-give-away. The photo was stuck in my head all day. I loved the curves and simplicity. I don’t like my version of it as much as because I am scruffy faced guy, unlike the subject in the original photo.

One reason that I’ve taken photos with black background for the first two weeks is because nothing in my house works as a good backdrop for photos. I’ll have to find some way to work around that.

I submitted my favorite portrait to the contest.

This week:
Went to the beach with my good friend Lisa. I got some really amazing photos that I’m excited to have time to edit and upload. I also went to see Jason Webley play his accordian at WOW Hall. The show was far better than I could’ve hoped. Partially because I was accompanied by lovley girl who I hope to see more of in the future. 🙂

I’ve been in touch with a local wedding photographer, Sherrlyn Borkgren, for the past month about being her assistant. I’m doing it for free to get an idea how real wedding photography works. We had a meeting today and confirmed that I’ll be helping her with two weddings at the end of August. If all goes well, she’ll hire me to be her assistant on all the weddings she does. It’d be nice to pay off all this camera gear I buy!

Peaked at #2 in explore for August 8th, 2008! What the heck! I didn’t expect that!

Strobist: One SB-28 right behind my head. 1/8 power.

Obtain Your Dating Kicks With Great First Date Ideas!

Dating is a massive industry today and there are plenty of ways you’ll be able to find a date. You could go to a bar and get chatting to someone you like, meet someone on-line thru a chat room, or maybe find profiles of potential matches on a dating site. However it isn’t meeting folk that poses a difficulty. You have access to thousands of single folks during the course of a week. No, it is agreeing on a great first date that’s the problem, even if you do have some first date concepts.

Everyone goes for dinner and a movie at some time or another. Not only is this date dull, it’ll barely set your world alight. It is a long way from the remarkable first date concepts that folks look for, and you do spend half of your time in a darkened room with fifty other folk not speaking. First time dating could be a lot better than that! Take a look below for some excellent ideas for a first date.

A Picnic – If you do desire to go for good old normal dating then try putting a new spin on it. A blanket, good food and a bright day are all that you need for a good old picnic! Picnics are better first date concepts because they’re daytime events so you do not have to spend hours on a bad date and it’s simpler to talk with beautiful scenery and the tranquillity it brings. Please be responsible when picking a picnic area choose places like public parks with reasonable traffic instead of secluded country picnics.

A holiday – A festival of art, music or drama can offer any UK dating couple with more than enough to do and talk about. People never select something like this for a first date, but it can be diverting and will help you to work out whether you like each other and have enough in common for a second date.

A Funfair or Theme Park – Get back to your youth and go to a theme park for the day, or a few hours if you have not begun to talk correctly to the person. If you have tapped into UK online dating then you may very well have talked to your date for a couple of hours. You will actually have a good time and remember the date for some time to come.

Bowling – every town centre has a bowling alley now and its ideal for those people who may be shy and struggle to make conversation on first meetings. There’s always masses of eye contact in bowling and you can joke around with one another while blowing away those first date nerves.

These are just some suggestions and perhaps they may give you some ideas of your own to wreck the mold and try somewhere new for your first date and make it as remarkable as possible.

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M6 Control arranged the meeting with representatives of the CIA, Interpol, Mossad and the Russian SVR (successor of the KGB). The meeting was held in Paris because of its central location. 007 hoped he would be able to sell his idea for the next phase of the investigation of the mysterious corporate entity which was in the process of doing something very big in international business affairs, but which no one so far had been able to determine exactly where they were heading.

007 explained all this to the group, apologizing for boring them with some facts they already had, and then pointed out that although the investigation had been going on for weeks, none of our agencies had a clue as to what the final purpose of all the activity was.

007 reminded the group that all the mysterious operatives had been documented fully for the past several weeks and valuable data had been stored in case a lengthy trial should take place in the future. 007 finished the background update with a reminder this part of the investigation must not be jeopardized in any way. Full data was still essential to the success of the groups efforts. There would be no recommendation for shifting people doing the existing surveillance to the new effort.

Pointing out we must continue to build a wall of facts and that we have no hope at this point in determining what specifically was being taken by the female contacts and given to the clandestine operatives. Interrogation of the secretaries and bookkeepers would simply tip off the underground group that they were being investigated and cause them to evaporate and surface at a later date.

“We will NOT interview a single secretary or bookkeeper, but we will begin an around the clock surveillance of them from the moment they are contacted by the underground group in an attempt to fine out why such a high percent leave their jobs soon after as well as the frightening percent who simply turn up missing.

007 then made a prediction, saying, “I believe we will find that the secretaries and bookkeepers are providing confidential information of an unknown nature to the our opponents, whether it be sales statistics, customer relations information or internal business, we have no idea. What we hope to do is prevent the disappearance of any more girls. If we can save a girl, then we will take her into protective custody and for the first time we’ll find out the nature of the data being provided. If we contact the girls now, even the ones who resign from their companies shortly after providing packages to the thin man and is operatives, chances are they will immediately contact the thin man and then our whole target will evaporate, with the chance that when they resume, we won’t be aware of it. I’m going to make one other prediction and that is the girls who are disappearing are the ones who refuse to cooperate with the thin man and leave him feeling they might report the activity to their bosses. I have to warn you this phase of the investigation may begin to turn up bodies, in which Interpol will have to activate all involved local police because homicide is a local crime.”

Asking if there were questions, 007 sat down. Surprisingly enough, there were no questions, but the discussion lasted for several hours. Administrators began immediately determining the manpower needs required to open this new line of investigation.

At the end of the meeting a motion was made that 007 assume the lead in the investigation, but 007 politely declined and said he was too involved in the London area and felt he must bring that area into sharp focus, pointing out that the single thread which would unravel the entire clandestine operation rested simply on one single girl who would provide the information they needed. 007 pointed out that simple thread was more important than any administrative effort he could perform.

The group gave him a resounding applause and were adjourned.

Get Your Dating Kicks With Fantastic First Date Ideas!

Dating is a massive business these days and there are many ways you can find a date. You can visit a bar and get talking to someone you like, meet someone on-line through a chat room, and even find profiles of possible matches on a dating website. Nevertheless, it is not meeting those that poses an issue. You have access to thousands of single individuals throughout the course of the week. No, it is agreeing on a great first date that’s the problem, even when you do have a few first date ideas.

Everybody goes for dinner and a movie at some time or another. Not just is this date dull, it will hardly set your world alight. It’s far from the memorable first date ideas that people look for, and also you do spend half of your time in a darkened room with fifty other people not speaking. First time dating can be a lot better than that! Take a look below for a couple of outstanding ideas for a first date.

A Picnic – If you do want to go for good old traditional dating then try putting a new spin on it. A blanket, great meals and a sunny day are all you’ll need for a good old picnic! Picnics are better first date ideas simply because they are daytime occasions which means you do not have to spend hours on a bad date and it is easier to talk with beautiful surroundings and also the tranquillity it brings. Make sure you be responsible when choosing a picnic area choose locations like public parks with reasonable traffic instead of secluded country picnics.

A Festival – A festival of art, music or drama can provide any UK dating couple with more than enough to do and speak about. Individuals by no means choose something similar to this for a first date, however it can be enjoyable and may help you to figure out whether you want each other and have enough in common for a 2nd date.

A Funfair or Theme Park – Get back to your childhood and visit a theme park for the day, or a few hours if you have yet to talk properly to the person. When you have tapped into UK dating on-line you then may well have spoken to your date for a couple of hours. You’ll definitely have a good time and remember the date for a while to come.

Bowling – Every city centre has a bowling alley now and its ideal for all those individuals who might be shy and struggle to make conversation on first meetings. There is usually plenty of eye contact in bowling and you can joke around with one another while blowing away those first date nerves.

These are just a few ideas and perhaps they might provide you with some ideas of your own to break the mould and try somewhere new for your first date and make it as memorable as possible.

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Going Dutch.
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A Dutch guest at a friends daughters wedding.
The Dutch connection made me think about the phrase "going Dutch" and the fact that I had no idea were the saying came from; so here is a little information.

"Going Dutch" is a term that indicates that each person participating in a group activity pays for themselves, rather than any person paying for anyone else, particularly in a restaurant bill. It is also called Dutch date, Dutch treat and "doing Dutch".

In Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, the practice of splitting the bill in restaurants is common. In a courtship situation where both parties have a similar financial standing, the traditional custom of the man always paying in restaurants has largely fallen out of use and is by many, including etiquette authorities,[2] considered old fashioned; nevertheless it can be made more acceptable to the other party if explained beforehand. Generally a romantic couple will take turns paying the bill or split it. Generally it is assumed that everyone pays for himself or herself in restaurants unless the invitation stated otherwise.

In most of northern Europe, central Europe and Australia the practice of splitting the bill is common. However, on a dinner date, the man may pay the bill.

In several south European countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece or Cyprus it is rather uncommon for most locals to have separate bills and is sometimes even regarded as rude, especially when in larger groups. But in urban areas or places frequented by tourists this has changed over the last decades. In Greece the practice is colloquially called "refené".

Remarkably in Catalonia "going Dutch" is the rule among Catalans. This Catalan usage is so shocking for other Spaniards that it is referred in Spanish language as pagar a la catalana (that can be translated as "to pay the way Catalans do"). Instead pagar a escote means to split the bill equally among all the commensals.

In some parts of Italy (especially the south), the expression pagare alla romana can be translated as: "To pay like people of Rome" or "to pay like they do in Rome". It has a double and opposite meaning, depending by the tradition followed: the modern and more common meaning of pagare alla romana is to divide equally the total cost between all the commensals; the other meaning is the same as "going Dutch". This can lead to misunderstanding.

In France, it is close to "faire moitié-moitié" or "faire moite-moite", which means "each one pays half of the bill". This does not apply to romantic date where the man usually pay according to traditional French "étiquette". In a business meeting, the receiving party usually pays for all – it is considered rude not to do so.

In Middle Eastern cultures, "going Dutch" is seen as being extremely rude. Traditions of hospitality play a great part in determining who pays, therefore an invitation will be given only when the host feels that he is able to afford the expenses of all. Similarly, gender roles and age play a more important role than they would in Western societies. Similar rules apply in Turkey as well, although splitting the bill is becoming increasingly common among the younger generation, especially when all parties have similar income levels.

In Egypt, it is called Englizy, which translates into "English style".

In Iraq, the expression is "Maslawiya", "مصلاوية", referring to the people of Mosul who are supposedly stingy.

In Levant (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan) and some Arab countries, the expression is "Halabia" "حلبية", referring to the people of Halab in Syria, who are known to be stingy with tight money expenditure.

The corresponding phrase in Turkish is hesabı Alman usulü ödemek, which can be translated into English as "to pay the bill the German way" ("Alman usûlü": German style).

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3 Perfect First Dates Ideas for Building Attraction

Your first date with a woman is one of the most important steps towards build attraction.

Without mutual attraction and interest, you’ll have little chance of going on a future date or building a relationship.

That’s why it’s vital that you take her to right place on your first date.

Now the one mistake guys make is to appear too overeager by brining women to fancy restaurant or buying her expensive gifts.

By doing this, you’re only setting an uncomfortable situation. In addition it does nothing to build attraction.

So to have a great first date where you can build attraction, you should think of places which can provide memorable and fun time. In short you want to go to place where you can establish an emotional and physical connection. Then if you enjoy your date, then you plan a second date which is more traditional- like taking her to a restaurant.

If you’re stuck with where to go, then you can use the three first date ideas I’ve included below:

Perfect First Date Idea #1- Meet for drinks or coffee

Although meeting her for drinks or coffee is a typical idea used by many guys, it still provides an effective environment for getting to know a woman.

When you meet at a place like this, you’ll be able to talk n a casual manner without the feeling of pressure like you would at restaurant.

In addition at a bar or coffee shop, you’ll be in close proximity to one another which alls you to establish physical contact. So you’ll be able to flirt and do things to build attraction.

Perfect First Date Idea #2- Play games

Another great place for a first date is a place where you can enjoy playful games like a video arcade, pool hall, miniature golf, or the boardwalk.

What’s great about this idea is you’re easing the tension which often happens on the first date. You can enjoy yourself while playfully competing with this woman.

Perfect First Date Idea #3- Get physical

The final first date is to do something which involves engaging in a physical activity. This could be hiking, ice skating or rollerblading.

This is an incredible way to have fun while figuring out if she has an adventurous attitude.

These three first date ideas can be an excellent way to build attraction and rapport. They all provide a fun while avoiding the pressures of the dates which seem more like job interview.

All you have to do is keep things low key and fun. Then you use the fun experience to build towards a second date and quite possibly a long term relationship.

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[This is one of 5 images] This abandoned log house had some very serious issues; image 5 shows how the right wall has buckled and split, and image 4 shows either a replacement wall or one built this way out of necessity. The bottom of the front door is flush with the ground, and the bottoms of the two lower front windows are no more 2 feet from the ground. Also the placement of windows in the front façade is irregular I didn’t know that people painted log homes. I have no idea of the date or any history regarding this building except that this is definitely vernacular architecture. Taken June, 2011—I’ve not passed by this house since then and don’t know if the building is still standing. Located near Chase City, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

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Great First Date Activities to Consider

First date is the opportunity to know each other thus it is important to come up with great first date activities. Learning additional information about your date will help you decide whether you want to get know her more or not. But sometimes it can be quite difficult to decide on how your first date should be. Sometimes it only takes a little creativity to make the first date memorable and you do not need to spend much too. Stay away from the usual dinner-and-movie type of first date, be creative and unique.

Parks have always been considered as the perfect setting for a romantic firs date. There are so many things you can do in the park like have a picnic, sit under the nice tree and walk through the park too. You do not have to spend so much money just to have fun and enjoy quality time too. Definitely not an expensive first date idea but you won’t appear like a cheapskate.

Great first date activities include riding on trains and buses. The concept of this date is to become comfortable talking to each other and you end up travelling the entire city over and over again. In case you see something interesting or you feel like you want to eat; you can just make a stop anytime you want. While having fun on the train or bus ride, you can find something unique that will make your date memorable.

Have your first date at the outdoor markets, this could be her first time to go to an outdoor market. There are just so many things that you will discover,hence you will not run out of things to talk and laugh about. Since your first date would entail a lot of walking, you may get your chance to hold her hands while walking. Observe whether your date is too tired or the heat is no longer tolerable because you might blow off your chance for second date. You can take a break in one of those restaurants or cafe to grab a bite and still continue to talk about so many things.

Going to beaches, lakes, water parks and rivers are some of the places that you can visit during your first date outings. You can swim together or simply sit close together as you enjoy the refreshing waters. Do not forget to bring your sunscreen if you have your daytime date or your mosquito spray if you opt for an evening date in these venues. Being prepared will definitely impress your date and it would give impression that you have planned everything. It is also best to bring some refreshments, a picnic blanket and some towels too.

The time and setting of your first date is not quite important as long as you know how to transform a simple dating idea into a memorable one. In fact your date would feel very important if she learns that you are actually sharing the things that you truly enjoy with her. You also must be very attentive to her needs and take time to listen to what she shares with you. If lady luck is on your side, you might have the chance to have a second date most especially if you followed any of the great first date activities.

If you liked this article then here are others: cheap date ideas or first date ideas

2015 – Vancouver – Chinatown Under Siege – 2 of 2
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This lot on Gore Avenue at Pender Street will be the next condo to go up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It is on the east edge of the community.

The vultures are circling. To date most of the new development is around the perimeter but already 3 developments are eating at the heart of the community.


Historic Vancouver neighbourhood is being redeveloped, raising fears it will lose its character.


The marketing line for the Keefer Block condo development in Chinatown is “Heritage Meets Modern.”

But just how much heritage will be left after a wave of modern developments washes over the historic district is a matter of debate.

A new proposal for the 700-block of Main Street would demolish the last three buildings from Hogan’s Alley, a once-notorious back lane that was the longtime home of Vancouver’s black community.

Another condo development at 231 Pender would replace a funky, Chinese-themed garage that is listed on Canada’s Register of Historic Places. Angelo Tosi’s family has owned their building at 624 Main since 1930. It may date back to 1895, and looks it — the fixtures and shelving are as old as the hills.

But Tosi is 82, and will probably sell when the price is right. He doesn’t expect his store to survive.

“It’ll be gobbled up by the monstrous buildings,” said Tosi. “And then they’ll take it all, and it’s finished. They won’t keep the heritage on the bottom, they’ll put down whatever they want.”

His fatalistic attitude reflects the changes in Chinatown, which is undergoing a development boom after zoning changes by the City of Vancouver.

The protected “historic” area of Chinatown is now Pender Street, while much of Main, Georgia and Keefer can now be redeveloped, with heights of up to 90 feet (nine storeys). A few sites can go even higher.

Two towers are going up at Keefer and Main — the nine-storey, 81-unit Keefer Block, and the 17-storey, 156-unit 188 Keefer. Up the street at 137 Keefer, a development permit application has just gone in for a new nine-storey “multi-family building.”

None of them has stirred up much controversy. But a recent public meeting about a 12-storey, 137-unit condo to be built on an empty lot at Keefer and Columbia got people riled up.

“There was a lot of angry people that night,” said Henry Yu, a UBC history professor who feels a “vision plan” the Chinatown community worked on with the city for several years is being ignored.

“The vision plan gets passed, (but it has) no teeth,” said Yu. “Actually (there is) no policy, it’s a wish list of ‘Oh, we’d like seniors housing, we’d like to do this, we’d like to do that.’

“Almost immediately, the two (highrise) buildings in the 600-, 700-block Main go up, and they’re just basically Yaletown condos. Not even Yaletown — Yaletown has more character.

“These are straight out of the glass tower (model), no (historic) character, obliterating everything in terms of tying it to the kind of streetscape of Chinatown. You’re going to split the historic two or three blocks of Chinatown with a Main Street corridor of these glass towers.”

Yu says Chinatown has historically been small buildings on 25-foot lots, which makes for a jumble of small stores that gives it a unique look and character. But the new developments are much wider, and just don’t look like Chinatown.

“The two 600-, 700-block buildings have a rain shield that’s an awning, a glass awning that runs the whole block,” said Yu. “That’s the design guideline for the city as a whole, but it was nothing to do with Chinatown, (which is) narrow frontages, changing awnings.

“We said that (to the city planners), we raised it and raised it, but the planners just shoved it down our throat.”

Kevin McNaney is Vancouver’s assistant director of planning. He said the city changed the zoning in parts of Chinatown to help revitalize the neighbourhood, which has been struggling.

“We have been taking a look across Chinatown,” said McNaney. “What we’re finding is that rents are dropping, and vacancies are rising. And that’s a big part of the strategy of adding more people to revitalize Chinatown.

“There are only 900 people currently living in Chinatown, many of them seniors. It’s just not the population base needed to support businesses, so a lot of the businesses are going under. Along Pender Street you see a lot of vacancies right now.

“So at the heart of this plan is to bring more people to revitalize Chinatown, and also use that development to support heritage projects, affordable housing projects and cultural projects.”

Henry Yu disagrees. “The idea that you need density in Chinatown itself, that you need your own captive customer base, is moronic,” he said.

“Where else in the city would you make that argument, that nobody can walk more than two blocks, that no one is going to come in here from somewhere else?

“They will. People go to the International Summer Market in Richmond in an empty gravel field. Ten thousand people at night come from everywhere in the Lower Mainland, because there’s something worth going to.

“The problem isn’t that you need a captive audience that has no other choice but to shop in Chinatown — that’s just stupid, there’s plenty of people in Strathcona. The problem is, is there something worth coming to (in Chinatown)? And that has to do with the character, what the mix is, what kind of commercial.”

Ironically, all the new construction comes just as Chinatown seems to be undergoing a bit of a renaissance. Several new businesses have popped up in old buildings, attracted by the area’s character and cheap rents.

The très-hip El Kartel fashion boutique recently moved into a 6,000 sq. ft space at 104 East Pender that used to house Cathay Importers. It’s on the main floor of the four-storey Chinese Benevolent Association Building, which was built in 1909.

Across the street at 147 East Pender is Livestock, a runner and apparel store that is so cool it doesn’t even have a sign. “We were in Gastown at the corner of Cordova and Abbott, (and) just felt a change was needed,” said store manager Chadley Abalos.

“We found the opportunity in Chinatown, so we decided to move here. We feel it’s one of the new spots that are booming. You see a lot of new businesses — restaurants, clothing stores, furniture. We see the potential in it growing.”

Russell Baker owns Bombast, a chic furniture store at 27 East Pender. But he is not new to the neighbourhood — Bombast has been there for 10 years.

“I think (Chinatown is) one of the most interesting parts of the city,” he said.

“It’s still got some variety, some texture, architecturally, socially, economically. A lot of what’s happened to the downtown peninsula (in recent years) constitutes erasure. This is one of the places that still sort of feels like … it feels more urban than some parts of downtown. I would say downtown is a vertical suburb.

“If you like cities, Chinatown feels like one. That’s why we’re here.”

Baker said he expected Chinatown to happen a lot sooner than it did. Retailers that do well there still tend to be destinations, rather than stores that rely on heavy street traffic. “The buzz is that Chinatown is happening, but it’s really strategic, what’s happening,” he said. “Fortune Sound Club, that’s a niche market that’s destination. That’s the kind of thing that works down here. We’re destination, Bao Bei (restaurant) is destination.”

The new businesses make for an interesting mix with the old ones. The 200 block East Georgia Street is hopping with hipster bars (the Pacific Hotel, Mamie Taylor’s) and art galleries (Access Gallery, 221A, Centre A). But it also retains classic Chinatown shops like the Fresh Egg Mart and Hang Loong Herbal Products.

The question is whether the small businesses will be displaced as the area gentrifies. Real estate values have soared — Soltera paid .5 million for the northwest corner of Keefer and Main in 2011, Beedie Holdings paid .2 million for two parcels of land at Columbia and Keefer in 2013.

That seems like a lot for a site that’s two blocks from the troubled Downtown Eastside, but Houtan Rafii of the Beedie Group said that’s what land costs in Vancouver.

“It is a significant, substantial amount of money, but compared to most every area in Vancouver, it’s not dissimilar, whether you’re in Gastown, downtown, Concord-Pacific, even on the boundaries of Strathcona or on Hastings close to Clark or Commercial,” said Rafii. “It’s not an obscene amount of money, it’s market.”

Rafii said the Beedie Group met with local groups for a year about its development, and was surprised at the reaction it got at the public meeting, which was held because Beedie is looking to rezone the site to add an additional three storeys.

Yu doesn’t have a problem with the Beedie proposal per se, but feels it’s on a key site in Chinatown, and should be developed accordingly.

“It’s not the building’s fault,” said Yu.

“People are going ‘What’s wrong with this glass tower, it’s working everywhere else, and Chinese people love buying this stuff if it’s UBC.’

“That’s not the point. There’s plenty of room around the city to build glass towers (that are) 40 storeys, 50 storeys, whatever. Why do they need to be in this spot?

“This one is right in the heart (of Chinatown). Across the street is the Sun Yat-sen (garden), the Chinese Cultural Centre. On the same street is the (Chinese workers) monument. Next door is the back alley of Pender.”

Yu said a recent study found there will be a need for 3,300 income-assisted senior housing beds in the Lower Mainland over the next 15 years. He said the Columbia and Keefer site would be perfect for a seniors project.

“There’s a particular kind of resonance to the idea this is a traditional place where a lot of Chinese seniors can retire to,” he said.

“There is a five-year waiting list for the Simon K.Y. Lee Success long-term care home, so there’s huge demand, huge need, this is a place where they want to go. (Building a seniors home) would actually would help revitalize (Chinatown), because seniors bring sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters into a community.

“That’s the Chinatown vision plan, that’s what’s in there, that’s what those discussions were about. And yet what we’ve got is 137 luxury condo units for hip youngsters. That’s the Beedie proposal, and that’s what the last two towers (on Main) were. It’s not just insulting, it’s the thwarting of the very promise (of the vision plan).”

Wu would like to see a moratorium on new developments in Chinatown “until design guidelines are actually built to create a zone that respects the (area’s special) character.”

Retired city planner Nathan Edelson agrees. Which is significant, because he worked on the Chinatown vision plan for over a decade.

“My suggestion is that there should be a moratorium on the rezonings, for sure, until they can get an assessment of what the current new development is,” said Edelson. “To what degree are they contributing to, or harming Chinatown, the historic character of Chinatown? And it’s not an obvious answer.”


Read more: www.vancouversun.com/business/Battle+Chinatown/10384991/s…

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First impressions are everything, so it’s important to make a good one on your first date. Conversation and chemistry will definitely help you charm a open heart but if you’re in a loud place, that charm counts for nothing. If you don’t hit it off on the first date, the chances of having a second are slim to none. Your first date is a chance to get to know the person you’d like a relationship with, so choosing a a good location is key. The following places to avoid are survey results from a popular online dating service. The list is ordered from places to avoid to places that would make a good date.

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These places are definite no-nos to take your date for the first time. The environment is the most important aspect of a first date. You could be the smartest, most romantic person in the world but if you take your date to a club all they’re going to see is you shaking your bon-bon. When you’re trying to figure out where to take your date, be original and surprising. Instead of taking your date to that awesome ninja-themed restaurant, try an evening stroll with street food and performers. Cheap food and a show. If you met the person on an online dating site, check out their profile to see what they like and try to fit that into the date.

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Moroccan Fountain
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Image by Brett Kiger
This is such a beautiful centerpiece for arguably one of the most authentic and transportive pavilions within World Showcase. I’ve tried several different compositions of this fountain, but this is my favorite to date.

The idea for shallow depth of field came from Jeff Krause who has been experimenting with the Brenzier Method recently. This method allows for a wide view with an extremely shallow depth of field by stitching together images taken with a long, fast lens. While I love the results, I didn’t have the patience for the image capture or processing, so I did this one the old fashion way — a wide, fast lens!

Maybe I’ll try this one again someday actually using the Brenzier Method for even more subject isolation and background blur…

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First dates are boring since people are afraid to carry out things they really enjoy. As couples, young and old, prepare for this day they earnestly wish never to mess up.

The vast majority of couples always complain of losing the special moment of affection within their marriage life. We lead a lively schedule, plus the midst of all problems, we forget to cherish the instant of being amongst each other. Though we live together, the space between two souls carries on increasing day by day. So, in case you are fed up with leading a monotonous marriage, surprise your significant other by doing something on your anniversary date. Remember, you are never too old to fall in love again with the exact same person.

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A small amount of romance is quite necessary within a relationship. Often, once we start dating, we try to do all the romantic stuff for the partner, but as the relationship grows old, we tend to forget to do simple stuff which can make someone feel special. But, the question is how to keep the romance alive in your relations, especially when you spend whole week dealing with numerous problems of your life.

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Marion and Ray – Long Beach(?), September 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 snapshot says, "On The Pike at Long Beach, September, 1946."

And on the back of the print, someone has handwritten, "9/22/46".

I have no idea where Long Beach is/was, or whether this was a real horse, though I doubt it; seems like it might have been an amusement park.


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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