Monday, January 31, 2011

Off the Beaten Path - Sporty Dates.

You all know of the Major Professional Sporting Teams in the Washington, DC Area...

But what about some a little off the beaten path?

I know you've all been paying attention to the DC Rugby scene as diligently as I have! (HA) But in case you missed the memo, we have a kind of re-invigorated dating activity for all those sports fans out there. I say kind of new because, well the DC Slayers have been playing as a part of the American National Rugby League for quite a while in the DC Area, but they've jumped ship! On January 12, they announced plans to join a New Semi-Pro League, the USARL or USA Rugby League.

While the AMNRL had hopes of expanding teams in the west this coming summer, they should have been focusing on making their current teams content. Instead all of the DC Slayers' Summer 2011 fixtures, being potentially spread across the country (let's be real, semi-pro's struggled to get around the east coast, much less across country), once again you can rest assured that quality Rugby-licious entertainment will be available to you at a higher level than American U.'s flaccid rugby club.

To stay up to date on all DC Slayer's news (HA!) visit their FACEBOOK page, because honestly I haven't seen the main one change in months.

A little dinner and a round of golf could land you a hole-in-one by the end of the night... no but really.
The swanky and hip, H STREET COUNTRY CLUB offers you a free round of INDOOR golf with every dinner purchased Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Every other day it's around $7 to play a round. I do offer a word of caution though, located in NE DC you might want to make sure you've got your running shoes to dodge the bullets. On the upside, street parking in the area is free after 6 p.m.(Mon-Sat.) and all day Sunday.

If you live on the outskirts of town, may I also recommend 18 holes in the Reston, VA area. WOODY'S GOLF offers not only an award winning mini-golf, but also driving ranges and batting cages, for a full range of whacking balls and relieving stress. And just a heads up for those of you unawares, if you're looking for batting cages in the area for those not playing little-league, this is practically the only establishment I've found so far.

For those of us looking for a bit more closer to the path, college basketball in the area offers Division I games in all price ranges.

George Washington Colonials: $12-25 from nosebleeds to court-side.
Georgetown Hoyas: $34 - 165 nosebleeds to court-side (plays in the Verizon Center)
American Eagles: $7 - 15

Granted there are other college sporting events in the area, so if you're interested I highly recommend checking out the other various DC college athletics.

Keep Reading for more dating activities in the DC Area.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Date Places, Because You Wanted to Know. (1 of 3)

So after the great Craigslist escapade where I increased my readers by... x20, a lot of people shot me messages about, wanting to know more about dating in the city. SO! Here goes!

I've come up with a list of some great places for a variety of dates depending on your interests.

If you consider yourself one of the following, keep reading, because I'll have date spots lined up for you in no time.
Movie Buffs

Other types will be discussed during follow up posts.

Movie Buffs
You're in for quite a treat. I don't know if most of you realize, but the opportunities to watch films in this city abound.
The National Gallery of Art offers you a selection of great films, check out their website and a list for upcoming movies by visiting their website.
Just a short metro ride away in Silver Spring, you can visit AFI for upcoming film series and to see independent films which may or may not have made it to your local theatre.
For those looking for something a bit more grand, the Uptown located in Cleveland Park offers mostly blockbuster movies in a historic setting, which has played a part in the film premieres of, "Dances with Wolves," and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Even though the winter months have set a frost on the ground, don't let it frost over your dating plans. While it may be more difficult to enjoy Dumbarton Oaks or hiking through Rock Creek Park, getting out to enjoy nature is still possible in a warm environment.
The U.S. Botanical Gardens offers plants year round in an enclosed (and warm) environment. You can walk through and enjoy the experience, or take part in a hands on learning extravaganza instead. The Botanical Gardens are located right next to the Capitol Building.
If you're feeling the urge for a more challenging outdoor opportunity in the warmer months, rent kayaks at the Georgetown Waterfront and set about to explore Roosevelt Island, which is a beautiful, 88-acre park in the middle of the Potomac.

If you're an art lover you probably already know about the extensive collections in the Smithsonians and the National Gallery of Art, but you might not know about the Corcoran, which has rotating exhibits by modern and more classical artists, as well as, the opportunity to view artists coming out of their Art School located on the premises.
Eastern Market also offers a great place to take a date, because of the food all around you, as well as the art by local artists for sale during the market on the weekends. Sometimes other vendors will be selling older art in their stalls as well.
If you're more into performing arts, check out the play schedules of popular theatres in the area, depending on what kind of theatre you're into you can catch varying performances. Woolly Mammoth Theatre has contemporary plays and offers a pay what you can night during the runs of various shows. Ford's Theatre offers plays in a more historical setting, as well as, the ominous presence of Abraham Lincoln's private booth, where he was shot on April 14th, so many years ago.
Shakespeare is also still alive and well in the metro area with The Shakespeare Theatre Company in NW DC and Washington Shakespeare Company in Arlington.

This is a part of a 3 part series to help get people out in the metro area for great dates!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dating Under the "New" Zodiac

For the entirety of my life, I've defined myself as a Pisces. I've blamed my constant day dreams and horribly vivid nighttime dreaming on my Zodiac sign, but now under the new proposed zodiac I've become... an Aquarius.

Many people have had their horoscopes flipped upside down with the newly proposed zodiac signs, defined by the fact that our "dates" which correspond with the stars, no longer line up, and in fact this is in part due to the Babylon's tossing out an entire constellation in the horoscope belt.

But I know what some of you are thinking. How does this effect my dating life? Before I was a great match with taurus, cancer, scorpios and capricorns, but now... who am I compatible with? Most astrology charts regarding relationships haven't even included ophiucus, and many people are left wondering about what to do from here.

I'm going to be honest. For the majority of my dating life I haven't even looked at my partner's sign, maybe should have, but I didn't. And to be perfectly truthful, I don't think you need to focus on trying to make sense out of a relationship based on Astrology. People are so different, that shoving us into 13 different categories and saying that you can only have a successful relationship with 4 of these categories, might make it easier for you to narrow down a pleathora of suitors, but if you're actually looking at the person instead of their grouping, you begin to realize that people will always surprise you in how they break stereotypes.

Yes. Some people fall properly into place, but that's because they're pandering to their own stereotype. A person who is a unique individual and recognizes that about themselves, wont fall properly into any of the 13 categories.

I could pick and choose endless traits out of both pisces and aquarius that I could resemble, but I could also go through capricorn, scorpio and gemini and find traits that describe me as well.

So what I'm trying to say here is that, yes, zodiac signs, make dating convenient because if you have a bad date with girl x you can blame it on the fact that you weren't astrologically compatible, but you're limiting yourself using astrology as your base. So what this sudden enlightenment regarding zodiac has done, has really opened the field for your dating possibilities, because now, you can't know how an ophiucus relates to you. You no longer know whether or not you're even your own zodiac.

So take this new discovery and don't let it hinder you. Don't say, but now this guy is an aries and they're horrible people. Use it instead as a wake up call towards the fact that you can't possibly know everything. Including things that you once thought were set in stone, like your zodiac sign. Use it as an opportunity to discover new people that you once thought were closed to you because of their zodiac signs.

What you find, might surprise you.