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Published October 6th 2014
Bringing old school dates back
Bowling and Arcades
As an active couple, a rainy day can really dampen our spirits. However last weekend when a light drizzle and a hectic wind cancelled our cycling plans, we were able to quickly salvage the day with a quick trip to the local bowling alley. There we donned the ever-attractive red and white shoes, grabbed our weapon of choice and took turns rolling that bad boy down the isle.
The best thing about bowling is that it turns grown adults back into fun-loving kids again. My partner and I celebrated our strikes and spares through goofy (and completely embarrassing) dances. A good strike even resulted in tongue poking, tickling, which always turns into a quick cuddle and a kiss before the next roll.
10 Pin Bowling
Choose your bowling alley wisely because some of them come with a little extra. Recently the AMF centre in Mt Gravatt gave us 5 arcade tokens with each of our games. We used this to verse each other in air hockey, shoot down terminator look-a-likes, shoot some hoops and my partner took his frustration of losing two games of bowling in a row out on Wack-a-Gator. We won over 100 tickets, which would have brought us… one stamp. Luckily we weren't there for a prize, we were there for some laughs, which without a doubt we received.
Brisbane is home to a couple fantastic rock-climbing centres, perfect for the second old school date idea! A younger me often enjoyed a few trips to Rock Sports in the Valley, however last weekend my partner and I spent a couple hours scaling the walls at West End's Urban Climb.
We began by climbing up walls littered with the purple and yellow foot and handholds, designed for beginning climbers such as ourselves. However during the three hours we spent hanging from the walls we grew braver together and by the end we had advanced to the blue and green section, a fantastic achievement for first-time climbers. We had a great time scrambling up the walls, challenging ourselves, and one another to do better each time.
This date might be better for those a bit more comfortable with one another because there is nothing at all flattering or alluring about those harnesses and shoes. However once you are 10 feet above the ground you will forget about looking good, and be grateful for the safety and security they provide.
While not a glamorous date, rock-climbing allowed us to become even closer than before, as we supported each other to take that next step up.
Rock climbing at Urban Climb
Drive in Movies
I have never been able to understand why anyone would want to go to a regular cinema on a date. You have to sit a good 30cm away from your partner and most cinemas now have stationary seat dividers that put a stop on the cuddling and smooching that comes with any good date. Luckily the drive-in movies have solved this problem.
My partner and I often frequent the Yatla Drive In, whenever our next favourite flick hits the big screen. Over time we have discovered that the night is made more perfect when we ditch the traditional popcorn and instead pick up some delicious dessert pies from the Famous Yatla Pie Shop just around the corner. Movies, snuggles and warm berry pie… nothing could be better.
Now you may be stressing that your car isn't quite going to cut it for your night out, but if my 6 foot three man can squeeze into the back of our Honda Jazz next to me, you won't have a problem. In the end, isn't the drive in just an excuse to get close and cuddly anyway? The one tip I recommend however is lying a duvet down beneath you both, to soften the uncomfortable hardness of a car boot and then pilling blankets up on top to add to the snuggly atmosphere.
Also if you are going to go in your pajamas, like we did during our first trip, just be aware many other people will still see you when you purchase your sweets or head to the loo. It's just such a shame we didn't know this when we donned our flannelettes on one of the fancy Nostalgia Nights where everyone had bought their vintage cars and wore their gorgeous 50's retro gear. Embarrassing!
After being together for five years, my partner and I have slipped into a routine where our weekends mainly involve cleaning, and planning for the next week at work. However last weekend when the sun was shining down we packed a small bag of goodies and headed out to Daisy Hill Conservation Park for a lazy afternoon picnic.
As avid readers we grabbed the latest and greatest novels from our shelves and lay together with the sun speckling down through the trees. A little bit of sun can significantly improve your mental health and in this busy day and age, you can often miss out on your daily dose. So not only is a picnic good for your love life, it is also good for your health.
Brisbane is not lacking in parks so no matter where you live there is going to be one within a 15min drive of your house. Check out the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing's website for the perfect one near you.