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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007 EXPLAINS HIS THEORY OF THE SECRET THREAD ..
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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.

Fun Romantic Date Ideas For A Great Relationship

Regardless of where you live or how much money you have, there are endless possibilities for fun and romantic date ideas. When it comes to refreshing your relationship, there are few options better than going on a unique, fun date.

If you want to use an easy method to think of a romantic, fun date idea, just ask yourself what is unique about your relationship with your sweetheart. The answer to this question will help you decide what theme your date should have, and even where it could take place.

Did you know that there are countless ideas for romantic dates that you can go on with that special someone right in your own back yard? It’s true. Regardless of where you live, you can make a date memorable and fun.

Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it is romantic, and that is especially true for date ideas. When many people are asked the question of what constitutes the most romantic date, they often say that the cost has nothing to do with how special the even is to them.

When trying to put together the perfect romantic date, think of all the special times you’ve spent with your loved one in the past. If it’s a date with a new person, ask them questions about what their favorite kinds of foods, hobbies and locations are before settling on a plan.

Deciding on whether you want a quiet, relaxing date or a fun, exciting date has a lot to do with the personalities of you and your special someone. While a nice, romantic setting might be fun for some couples, the opposite may hold true for others.

If you really sit down and think about your relationship with your date, you’ll realize that there are certain aspects that make it completely unique and different than any other. You should always take this into account when planning a fun romantic date that fits your relationship.

Before heading out for your romantic date, it’s not a bad idea to double check to make sure everything is prepared perfectly. Asking yourself these simple questions will make it much more likely that your romantic date will turn out perfectly.

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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.

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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.

THE HERITAGE BATTLE FOR CHINATOWN

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

By JOHN MACKIE, VANCOUVER SUN November 15, 2014

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.”

jmackie@vancouversun.com

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Ideas for a Great Date

Dating can be a lot of fun but it can also be quite boring if you just do the same thing over and over again. Perhaps you have hit a dating rut and you just need some ideas that will liven up your dates and make you look forward to them again. It’s normal to get stuck in these ruts and just do what is comfortable, but it can also be a lot of fun to change things up a bit from time to time.

Of course, when you are thinking about where to go on a date you may need to think about the person that you will be going with. Some people are more refined and conservative while others are up for adventure. Just be sure that you know the kind of person that you are dating and what they would enjoy before making any extreme dating plans.

Fun Date Ideas

A class date, but one that many forget about, is miniature golf. Miniature golf is a lot of fun because it can help to break the ice on a first date. Everyone looks silly when they play miniature golf and most of us aren’t that great. This will get both of you laughing and you’ll find that this can easily segue into a great date including dinner and a movie. Miniature golf is always a lot of fun, so why not make it a part of your date?

Another great idea if you are going on a date with someone who is adventurous is a ROPES course. This is sort of like an obstacle course for adults that is challenging but also a lot of fun. You can compete against one another or you can do it together. This is a great date option when you know that both of you are into physical challenges. If you aren’t sure about the physicality of your date, this may be something that you want to pass on.

There are a lot of arcade type places that are meant just for adults. These venues often serve food and drinks and offer up all of the fun games that you could want. Think Chuck E. Cheese for adults! This can be a really fun way to spend your time and money on a date, and being in such a place will return you to your childhood, doing away with those awkward date moments!

Why not go bowling for a first date? Even if both of you are terrible this can be fun, in fact you may have more fun if you are both awful bowlers because you’ll get laughing and you won’t be able to stop. Many great dates have started at a bowling alley, so don’t be afraid to take your date out, but on some funny looking shoes, and toss a few bowling balls!

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Robert Goddard with his Double Acting Engine Rocket in 1925
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Full Description: Dr. Robert H. Goddard with his complete rocket with the double- acting engine in November 1925, following more than two years of pump development based on the idea of a separate pump for each propellant. Dr. Goddard made an important change in his pump technique by combining both pumps into a single double acting unit. Though gas pressure, rather than pumps, was used on his first successful liquid-propellant rocket shot of March 16, 1926, the idea of combining both pumps into a single unit led to a successful solution of the pump problem and hence marked a significant advance.

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Date: Circa 1925

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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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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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