Fun First Date Ideas That She’ll Love

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!

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Marvin, Mabel, and Ike Yourdon – the General Sherman tree, in Sequoia National Forest?
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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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Dating Tips With 10 First Date Ideas That You’ll Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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