If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever been to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, you know the entire museum is one big spiral ramp with art installations along the way.
So I thought my How About We date idea, Ã¢â‚¬Å“How About We Go to the Guggenheim and Walk in Circles,Ã¢â‚¬Â was pretty darn clever. And wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you know, a fellow art-lover thought I was pretty darn clever, too.
We met in front of the museum, walked inside, and began our first date. It was great to have a first date that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel like a cross-table interrogation. It was so much more enjoyable than dinner or drinks. I felt like we were both able to actually be ourselves.
I will admit, however, that the museum date was a bit challenging for this first timer. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite sure when to talk about art, when to talk about myself, when to talk about him, and when to just shut up. And what do I do with my coat?
To save you some of my initial confusion, here are some museum-date rules for all my art-loving daters out there:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Start small. Go to a museum you can comfortably see in one or two hours. If the museum is bigger than that, opt for exploring one particular exhibit or attraction. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about squeezing in small talkÃ¢â‚¬”itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to happen in a museum. If you are really hankering for the deets on his job, childhood, etc, go for a cup of coffee after youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve finished up at the museum. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Check your coat. You will just feel (and act) awkward carrying it around. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t read every plaque. It might make for a good educational experience, but it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make for a very interactive date. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Stay with your date (duh!). Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Wear comfortable shoes. Hobbling around a museum is not funÃ¢â‚¬”or sexy. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ While he might buy your ticket, don't expect him to. Meet outside the museum or in the front entrance to make things easy either way. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Unless you are both really into icky stuff, steer clear of any gory displays like BODIES...The Exhibition.
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