Posts Tagged: improv

Kayaking Date

—Friday, June 22, 2012— Holy shit — this was my 99th date. Only one more and I would be done. As such, this date excited me more than most others. Don’t get me wrong, the project had been fun, but I was looking forward its completion. The other surefire reason to be excited about the… Read more »

Bartender Date

—Saturday, June 16, 2012 — One myth I wasn’t able to truly able to debunk during OHD? That female bartenders were the most impossible dates to get. I found a way to make it happen, of course, but it wasn’t easy. A week before this date, I had come home after a long Friday at work and… 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 »

Dance Class Date

—Tuesday, June 5, 2012— Dancing was something I really enjoyed doing, but the idea of a classroom setting tripped me up. I was nervous to go from being a decent dancer in my demographic to doing things incorrectly in a class. However, I was more nervous about my date not showing up. Admittedly, I was… 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 »

Sister Date

—Friday, May 11, 2012— Sister Date was one date that people often had questions about. Wasn’t that incestuous? Totally gross?? Morally incomprehensible??? Well you can calm down…because I don’t even have a sister. I had to date someone else’s sister for this one. The original idea was that I had to go out with the… 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 »

Zoo Date

—Sunday, April 15, 2012 — New York City was filled with animals, but only a couple zoos. Its inhabitants routinely caged themselves in small habitats, mindlessly ate whatever the authorities told them to and sectioned themselves off in different parts of the city. They ventured out more than the mammals at the zoo, but to… Read more »

Celebrity Date

—Sunday, April 1, 2012— Finding a celebrity to date was certainly a tall order to fulfill, even with a year to do so and my amazingly good looks. Fortunately, a friend hooked me up with a celebrity date who was even better looking than me and incredibly down to earth. Crazy, I know. Then again,… Read more »

Hiking Date

—Sunday, March 25, 2012— Holy God, this was the earliest date ever. My first alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. but it wasn’t until 5:47 a.m. that I was finally “awake”. I dragged myself out of bed and into the shower to get ready for a splendid day of hiking with Bobbie, who I knew… Read more »

Drive-in Movie Theater Date

—Saturday, March 10, 2012— I had been in Los Angeles less than 24 hours, I’d already been on one date and I was gearing up to go on my second. Though my first date had been with a college friend of many years, this second one was with a total stranger. It may also be… Read more »

College Friend Date

—Friday, March 9, 2012— I hadn’t seen Billie since the winter of 2007 and I missed her more than I probably realized, burning through my days in NYC while she went about her own life in sunny LA. All it took to close that nearly 3,000 mile gap was several hundred dollars, a vacation day… Read more »

Double Date

—Tuesday, March 6, 2012— Double your pleasure, double your fun, right? The logic seemed sound enough. When Morgan and I had gone first gone out, back in October of 2011, we talked about our friends Bradley and Georgia. They seemed like they might be a decent fit for each other, but it took me forever… 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 »

Lunch Date

—Saturday, March 3, 2012— For one reason or another, lunch dates seemed to be relegated to the province of weekday office breaks and spur of the moment decisions to eat together. On the weekends, brunch reigned supreme and lunch seemed to take a couple days off. When I asked Sandra to lunch, for our second… 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 »

Dim Sum Date

—Saturday, February 11, 2012— Good advice for just about any first date? Try something new. Or at the very least, give your date something new to try. Such was the case when Paige and I traveled out to Flushing, Queens for dim sum. Paige and I met up at noon on the top level Queensboro… Read more »

Exercise Date

—Tuesday, January 31, 2012— Lara’s approach was not what I had expected. She walked up to me so casually, I had no idea she was my date, and yes, I had seen a picture of her before. “Hey, I’m Lara,” she said with no inflection or emotion behind it. “Lot’s of people hug, but that’s… Read more »

Spend No Money Date

—Sunday, January 29, 2012— While riding the 2 train into Brooklyn, I watched two teens debate how to properly ask someone on a date. One young woman was adamantly telling a young man not to ask, “Want to hang out?” She told him he had to ask a woman on a real date. It had… 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 »

Afternoon Tea Date

—Monday, January 16, 2012— I always appreciated a long weekend, and throughout One Hundred Dates, having a Monday off from work was even better than usual. It meant I could get some sleep, catch up on writing or go on a date. I did all three of those things on Martin Luther King Jr Day… Read more »

Blind Date

—Friday, January 13, 2012— It was Friday the 13th, and I was in a real bonerjam. Two out of my last three dates had cancelled on me, which meant I was two dates behind pace. I was about to wrap up the first two weeks of 2012 with only one date under my belt. I… 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 »

Travel Date

—Friday, November 11, 2011— Walking to Penn Station, I stopped to get some snacks for the train ride. I felt somewhat unprepared for travel without snacks — they were essential to passing time. Plus, I couldn’t forget to bring some water — the lifeblood of a good date. The air was a bit cold in… Read more »

Walking Date

—Sunday, November 6, 2011— Every so often, I would receive an email from an unknown woman, asking me to go on a date. In fact, by early November, I had already been on five dates with women who had unexpectedly emailed me. The difference with Ally was that even after reading through her first email… Read more »

Art Class Date

—Thursday, November 3, 2011— Art is subjective. As is dating. I was asked often over the course of the project, “What is a good date?” and much like good art, it is often left up to the audience to decide. I was meeting Selina just south of Madison Square Park, on Broadway, in lovely New… Read more »

Rocky Horror Date

—Friday, October 28, 2011— I’ve hardly ever been cool enough to be well versed in cult classics. I’ve always thought that the people knew every great B movie, every criminally underrated band or every avant guard comedian were somehow ahead of the curve and had a bold predisposition to exploration which I lacked. The Rocky… Read more »

Comic Con Date

—Saturday, October 15, 2011— Here’s what I love about my favorite comic books: They allow me to engage with something fantastic while still making me feel like they are possible in real life. If only I were bitten by the right spider; if only they would invent a flying suit of armor; if only an… Read more »

Boat Date

—Sunday, October 9, 2011— I had a kick ass vest that looked a little like a life preserver that would have been perfect for Boat Date. Unfortunately, it was far too warm out to rock it, so I went with a short sleeve button up and a light jacket. I just wanted to look moderately… Read more »

Dive Bar Date

—Saturday, October 1, 2011— It was about a quarter past ten at night and I am certain it was the latest I’d started a date so far. I had left my friends at a bar in Chelsea and headed down to the West Village. It only took me a few minutes to get my bearings… Read more »