Staff picks: The perfect date

It’s spring now, and love is in the air. In fact, we’re in the perfect season for the perfect date: the weather is neither too hot nor too cool, the skies are often clear, and the foliage is in full bloom. Here are some of our staff writers’ ideal romantic outings.

My ideal date would be something super swanky. My date and I would attend an opera in black-tie attire and dine at a five-star restaurant like the Orangery. I would order a steak or lobster. I’m normally not into all of the glitz and glam, but if the guy is paying for it, I’m going all out. [Caroline Rogers]

“Let me describe the perfect date: I take her out to a nice dinner. She looks amazing. Some guy tries to hit on her… now he wants to fight – so I grab him – I throw him into the jukebox! Then the other ninja’s got a knife, he comes at me, we grapple, I turn his knife on him. Blood on the dance floor. She’s scared now. I take her home. I’m holding her in my arms. I reach in for a kiss… I hear something in the leaves, I flip her around, she gets a poison arrow right in her back. She was in on it the whole time… but I knew.” – Dwight Schrute, The Office [Graham Benefiel]

My favorite activity of all time is going to concerts, so naturally, I would love a date to a concert. We would go out to dinner and then enjoy a show of really good music. If the concert is paid for, it’s even more fun. However, I’m not above chipping in for the tickets if it means we get to see someone really awesome. [Annie Smith]

Honestly, I don’t need to do anything particularly out of the ordinary to have fun. Moe’s and Froyoz are good enough for me, but if I had to pick a dream date, it’d probably just be hanging out at the beach together and maybe going out for some quality seafood after the sun goes down. [Cameron Scott]

I mean, dates are cool I guess, but have you ever heard of Netflix and a Moe’s burrito? [Litza Craig]

My ideal date would probably be……ummmmm……..I don’t know. I would like to be fed, preferably chocolate, and then I would like someone to scratch my back until I fall asleep and then to leave me alone. [Kelsey Kinzer]

My ideal date is the date that Keith Nelson planned for Amanda Jones in the 1987 classic Some Kind of Wonderful. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest that you watch it immediately. And, guys, take notes. [Mackenzie Lee]

As an avid musical fan, I feel the perfect date would entail an evening at the theater. First, of course, we would go to some snazzy restaurant, probably one that serves seafood.  Then we would go see a fantastic musical, and hopefully it would be one of my favorites. That way my date and I can chat about it throughout the production. Plus, this date would be the perfect excuse to get all dressed up, act all fancy, and sing some show tunes.  [Tori Lafon]

My ideal date would be riding in a paddle boat down the river before being chased around by my dazzling guy during a paintball fight like in 10 Things I Hate About You. Then in the evening, my lovely date could take me to a dinner party with his friends and then we could explore a secret garden, a la Notting Hill. I mean, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. [Hannah McElroy]

I love animals, so a nice little zoo date would be perfect. Going to the zoo is one of my favorite things, so why not enjoy it with a nice guy? I mean, walking around and looking at cute animals with a cherry slushie all day sounds pretty grand to me. It would preferably need to be in midspring so it’s not too hot. [Zoey Line]