As I’ve mentioned before, your relationship is doomed unless you do something exciting and unexpected this Valentine’s Day. An exaggeration? Perhaps. Maybe most of you tend to think more than 48 hours ahead, but for the rest of us, here are some last minute ideas.
- Woo at the Zoo. This is a real thing. In addition to appetizers, a cash bar, and treat decorating (what are we, 4?), this tour features cheeky lectures on the dating and mating habits of animals at the zoo. I’m already blushing. You can’t make this stuff up.
- Watson Adventures Museum Scavenger Hunt. This one would also work if this is your first group date and you are 14 years old. I haven’t heard any reviews, but the website looks nerd cool to me.
- Hot Air Balloon ride. They swear it’s warm up there.
- DC Metro Chocolate Tour. You can’t go too far wrong with chocolate. Chocolate crepes, chocolate sugar, chocolate salt, even chocolate chocolates. Wild.
- Terrapin Adventures. Zip line, high ropes, giant swing, tower climbing. Anything to engage your fear of heights or rather your fear of falling to your death. There is a reason The Bachelor is full of these kinds of dates, and it’s not just because the producers are hoping one of the lovetestants will actually die instead of just faking hypothermia. You know who I mean. Fear and thrills produce a euphoric drug-like effect which often transfers into passion for the person you’re doing these crazy things with.
- Crimes of Passion Tour at the Crime and Punishment Museum. If you choose this option, you may see Kent and me there handcuffed together giving each other prison tatoos. I’m a Russian Lit major. How could I not spend at least one V-Day at the Crime and Punishment Museum?
- Watch a scary movie. Seriously. The thrill of a make-you-jump show can be as a good for your chemistry as a hot air balloon ride. I’m not saying go to anything gory or that’s going to make you throw up for totally different reasons like From Justin to Kelly.
If you can’t manage those, at least pick out a good romantic movie before hand (Silver Linings Playbook is even better than the hype!) so that you don’t spend 47 minutes going through the Netflix cue. I came across this top 10 list of romantic movies on Deseret News which is precisely the list I would have made when I was 13 years old and painfully single. In fact, I’m pretty sure I watched most of these movies on activity nights with girls from church.
Kent’s list of personal favorite romantic movies: Shakespeare in Love, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, (he loves Julia), Titanic, Shadowlands,
My list of personal favorites: Shakespeare in Love, Say Anything, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, all the Austen adaptations especially Persuasion and Mansfield Park, Lars and the Real Girl, Bridget Jones’ Diary
Or you could always go to Subway for a footlong. I beg your indulgence as I post the transcript from a little section of this week’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on NPR. Kent laughed so hard at this one.
SAGAL: Charlie, the fast food chain Subway has apologized and is now making changes after admitting that their foot long sandwiches are actually what?
PIERCE: Not a foot long.
SAGAL: Exactly, only 11 inches long, which is a big deal.
(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)
SAGAL: Earlier this month, an Australian man posted a photo of his alleged foot long Subway sandwich with a measuring tape, proving it came up about an inch short. At first Subway denied it. They said that their sandwiches really are 12 inches long. It was just cold out that day.
SALIE: Subway said it’s not you. This has never happened before.
SAGAL: I know.
SALIE: This is why…
PIERCE: That’s OK, Subway, it happens to everyone.
SALIE: And then Subway said, can I just hold you?
BABYLON: Let’s just talk.