The Ideal Date

Barbara Vey -- October 24th, 2007

Out of the blue, I found out I missed Sweetest Day.  I saw someone post something about it online today, that it was on the 20th, that’s how I found out.  I swear, if they don’t advertise it in Subway’s (restaurant…not the train thing I’ve never been on yet), I wouldn’t know about it.  Obviously I don’t get out much.  And Sweetest Day really hasn’t meant too much to me since I was 19 and Gilbert Sanchez gave me tires for my car for Sweetest Day (it was pretty much over after that….and don’t even get me started on other holidays and gifts from guys, that’s for another day).

So Saturday was probably a huge date night and I was imagining my perfect date.  Flowers (sent ahead of time with a vase, so I wouldn’t have to putz with them), then dinner at a restaurant that served good tasting food (not necessarily the most expensive).  Of course, I’d have to get really dressed up, so no Ponderosa Steak House.  Then dancing, not the Dancing with the Stars kind, but fun stuff and maybe even a polka or two.   Finally a drive to the lakefront.  Not too bad and we could maybe go mini golfing on the next date.

This caused me to think about the books that I read (now we know why I don’t get out much) and I was having trouble remembering very many characters that went on dates.  Mostly, it seems, they meet up, usually in a violent, scary situations and with the adrenaline flowing, have sex.  Or they’re old sweethearts, who see each other again and have sex, or they’ve know each other for years, but never said anything to the other about their mutual attraction and then they have sex. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

Anyway, what do you think is the perfect date?  Why isn’t there more dating in books?  Not enough room?  Not pertinent to the storyline?

Bottom Line:  Actually, jeans and a t-shirt, Subway and you pay…I’ll call it a date.

15 thoughts on “The Ideal Date

  1. Clea Simon

    Isn’t it funny how we change? I’d love new tires now but I remember when my then-new husband got me cookware and I burst out crying. And I love cooking! He was mystified. Anyway, dating in books. I don’t know, because I love reading and writing about it — the preparation, the expectations. Maybe the actual tedium of real bad dates would be too much of a drag for fun fiction. But a good date, even with all the secondguessing (“what did ‘you look nice’ mean?”) is great fun! clea

  2. Liz Kreger

    I just read a book where they went on a date. It was Stephanie Rowe’s “Date Me Baby One More Time”. I enjoyed that part where heroine got all dressed up, waiting for hero to pick her up, going to the restaurant … and then I think it fell apart from there. My idea of a perfect date is dinner and dancing. My hubby and I were married on Sweetest Day, so our anniversary falls right around then. In our case, our anniversary this year was the day before Sweetest Day.

  3. Barbara Vey

    Liz, I did read Date Me Baby One More Time. Stephanie writes such great stuff. These date ideas are great, I especially liked the guy who cries less than you do Wheatgirl and Christina’s managing to stay awake until 10 pm. I guess I didn’t factor in the time. Maybe a Tea Dance…arent’ those in the afternoon??


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