Great Dates: Everybody wins
Best for: An established couple
1. One partner attends a choral or chamber concert; the other watches an art film.
2. The two rendezvous afterwards for light fare and wine.
It’s date night, and one partner wants to see a concert, while the other wants to see a film. But the concertgoer thinks the film covers a depressing topic, and the filmgoer is not a big fan of classical music (especially choral). Unfortunately, the concert is a one-night affair, the film’s run is short, and the rest of this couple’s week is booked. Rather than have one partner be unhappy, they agree to go their separate ways and meet later for drinks and appetizers at a favorite restaurant.
At the restaurant, conversation flows freely as they describe their individual activities—apparently, if you aren’t into something, hearing about it secondhand from someone you love gives the thing some cachet. After a couple of glasses of wine, snacks, and stimulating conversation, the two hop into their separate cars and drive home to continue their romantic interlude. Result? Each partner is happy with the chosen evening activity, and meeting out afterward gives the evening a sense of intrigue and adventure that is sometimes hard to reclaim in long-term relationships.