Posts Tagged: astoria

Mom Date

—Tuesday, June 26, 2012— If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a mom ain’t one. In fact, this mom was the opposite of a problem — she was my 100th date! For all the preparation I’d done throughout the year, it was actually kind of unnerving… Read more »

Street Food Date

—Saturday, June 9, 2012— Sometimes a great date just appears out of thin air and wants to eat greasy food with you. Pepper had sent me a message on Facebook at the very end of May, and about a week and a half later, she was driving down from Central Massachusetts to go on a… Read more »

LARP Date

—Saturday, May 26, 2012— A few dates made the list because they perfectly combined weirdness and curiosity. I had never LARPed before, but I knew that I wanted to try it at some point. I also knew that it would be a very unique date, at least for anyone who wasn’t already a part of… Read more »

Central Park Date

—Sunday, May 13, 2012— Though I knew quite well of the large park that sat in the middle of Manhattan, I had been there no more than a couple times since moving to New York almost two years earlier. It was sad to think that I had ignored such a big part of NYC culture for… Read more »

Craigslist Date

—Thursday, April 26, 2012— Craigslist: The Wild West of internet dating. There were no real rules on Craigslist, a site where people placed ads seeking and offering any and all kinds of intimate encounters, even prostitution was offered up there. By 2012, was a taboo place to seek out a date and that was exactly why… Read more »

Breakfast Date

—Friday, April 20, 2012— Even the best laid plans could go wrong. But this plan was pretty cool. It was adventurous even, especially considering that it revolved around a meal that many people simply skipped. Isabelle had emailed me almost a month before our date, after she had stumbled upon my tumblr via her tumblr, or something… Read more »

Ice Cream Date

—Wednesday, April 18, 2012— There she was. Three rows up. Sitting alone. My date was at my improv show and I saw her take her seat just before my team went backstage to ready ourselves. As if the show itself wasn’t enough to make me nervous, I also wanted to specifically impress Kathleen. Several weeks… Read more »

Video Chat Date

—Thursday, April 12, 2012— For as long as I could romantically recall, I’d always wanted what I couldn’t have and, given that she lived all the way across the United States, Jen Friel was no exception to this rule. However, it did make her a great candidate for a video chat date. I wondered if wanting… Read more »

Unplanned Date

—Saturday, March 3, 2012— It was about 10:20 p.m. on a Saturday night and I was sitting in my apartment, taking notes that afternoon’s Lunch Date, and I had just watched a two hour episode of Downton Abbey. It was only then that I saw that I had a message in my OkCupid from a woman… Read more »

Snow Fun Date

—Sunday, February 26, 2012— It was around 8:45 a.m. on a Sunday and I had woken up a later than I had hoped. My date, Sonia, was picking me up at “9-ish,” so that we could spend the day snowboarding, and I was supposed to have breakfast ready for our road trip. The late wake… Read more »

Laundry Date

—Tuesday, February 21, 2012— By nature, I was a procrastinator, and while laundry was something that I definitely tended to put off, eight months was a really long time. To be fair, I had “done laundry” in the previous eight months. However, this was the first time I’d actually washed my own clothes since moving… Read more »

Create A Podcast Date

—Sunday, February 12, 2012— Through parts of this day would come to exist on the internet, in audio form, it was actually one of the few dates that began in my home neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Maybe it wasn’t actually so few, but it felt that way for whatever reason. One cool thing about my… Read more »

Off-Broadway Date

—Saturday, January 21, 2012— It had been a long week and I needed a pick me up in more ways than one. Originally, I was supposed to take someone else on this date, but when that fell through, Dora got the call. I was three weeks into the second half of the project and it… Read more »

Brewery / Beer Tasting Date

—Sunday, January 8, 2012— It was my brother’s birthday, but I wasn’t home in Massachusetts for it. Rather, I was embarking upon my first date of 2012, heading to Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg with a woman from the internet. She found me on OkCupid, was enthused about the project, and suggested the brewery since it… Read more »

High School Friend Date

—Saturday, December 31, 2011— Wow. I am still somewhat surprised. My 50th date of the project hit at exactly the six month mark. I was incredibly relieved that all the hustle I’d put in had gotten me right where I needed to be. Sure, I may have only been half-way there, but it encouraging to… Read more »

Winery / Wine Tasting Date

—Friday, December 23rd, 2011— Throughout One Hundred Dates, there were numerous times when distinct worlds of my life would collide, but as I approached the half-way point in my year, there had not been a date more coincidentally remarkable or as personally significant as this one. I was in Napa Valley, California (St. Helena, to… Read more »

Man Date

—Wednesday, December 14, 2011— Madison Square Garden — One of the greatest stages on Earth. My Morning Jacket — One of my favorite bands in the world. Me — Eating pizza alone and wondering when exactly I would see my date for that night. I started my date that night on my own because David… Read more »

Cooking Dinner Date

—Saturday, December 10, 2011— I met Emma inside of the 23rd Street entrance to New York City’s own amusement park of Italian food and drink, Eataly. I hadn’t seen her since January, at the same party I had met Soul Mate, almost a year earlier. She caught me by by surprise, arriving from the interior… Read more »

Acupuncture Date

—Saturday, December 3, 2011— First dates put many people a little on edge. Most aren’t sure how to act, don’t know what is appropriate, and yet they want everything to go perfectly. Whether it’s nerves or excitement, most of us are waiting on pins and needles each time we set up a date. It was… Read more »

Random Person Date

—Saturday, November 5, 2011— Sometimes you just have to take a chance, even if it seems like it’s from out of nowhere. It was roughly 2 a.m. on a Thursday in August of that year when I sat down on a grungy wooden bench at the 49th Street N/R/Q stop and looked to my left…. Read more »

Shooting Range Date

—Saturday, October 29, 2011— ZOMBIES! It was the Saturday of Halloween weekend and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by taking a zombie apocalypse handgun training course. I mean, right? Since I had been up late the night prior, at The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I’d had an illness-ridden, busy… Read more »

Broadway Date

—Thursday, October 13, 2011— It should have been a super fun and carefree Thursday. Here was my agenda: 1. Sleep in. 2. Do some shopping. 3. Go to work. 4. Attend a Broadway premier. 5. Attend the after party of a Broadway premier. This night was Broadway Date, and it wasn’t just any show, it… Read more »

Write & Record A Song Date

—Saturday, October 8, 2011— I spent most of the morning cleaning my apartment because Cara would be spending a good chunk of time there that day and I wanted it to look like I was both sane and somewhat orderly. I also needed to set up and test my recording equipment, which I hadn’t touched… Read more »

Tattoo Date

–Saturday, September 24, 2011– Why was I waking up at 7 a.m.? I was way too tired to be up so early. After a week of jet lag following a trip back from Hong Kong and having to pull an all nighter for work that Tuesday, I was absolutely exhausted. I didn’t need to be… Read more »

Open Mic Date

—Tuesday, August 23, 2011— I was going to need to overcome a couple hurdles that night. The first was one I was getting used to — attempt to impress a date whom I did not know. The second was far less familiar to me — I’d have to perform two songs I’d written at an… Read more »

Truth or Dare Date

—Friday, July 29, 2011— Truth: I hate it when women see my apartment looking like a mess. For a few hours, I’d been cleaning my apartment and making sure everything looked decent while Norah rode the bus from Boston. I folded laundry, made my bed, organized the clutter, scrubbed the bathroom and assured that the… Read more »

Speed Date

—Wednesday, July 27, 2011— Once you get me going, I tend to be long winded. I like to talk, but for that to come out, I usually need to be in my comfort zone. Otherwise, I’m actually a little bit shy. I’ve never been one of those salesman or politician types who can bullshit with… Read more »