Saturday, February 05, 2005

I don't know about you, but I came across this list and it 'spoke to me.' Now I understand why I enjoy these kinds of activities and a lot of people I know aren't so interested in them.... I'm a geek... no an Intellectual ;)
So, here are some Valentine's date ideas for other intellectuals out there like me :)

Dates for intellectuals
By Laura J. Schaefer

courtesy of MSN

After jumping headfirst into the dating game, you may feel that you’ve embarked on an endless round of dinners and movies. But there’s no need to say goodbye to your identity to appease Cupid. If you are an intellectual in life, you should be an intellectual on dates. There are plenty of ways to enrich your gray matter with a brainy partner in tow. Get creative with our list of dating ideas for the smart set!

Lectures. Most university towns feature a regular calendar of speaking events that are open to the public for a nominal fee. Spend your afternoon learning about art history, ancient culture, or current events. This type of date will get the neurons firing for an engaging post-lecture discussion.

Book readings. Check with your local bookstore to see who will be visiting your city. Book signings are often funny, intimate, and filled with like-minded people. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with writing your partner enjoys.

Gallery openings. For art enthusiasts, a gallery opening offers the perfect way to mingle on the cutting edge of creativity. Spend some time drinking cheap wine and talking about aesthetics with your date.

Jazz clubs. There’s no reason intellectuals can’t shake their bon-bons. If you love good music, find a cozy club and pull your date close for some smart moves.

Game night. You know you want to show off your uncanny memory for Civil War generals. Grab that dusty Trivial Pursuit off the shelf and play with a bottle wine. If chess is more your speed, make a date in the park and let the checkmate begin.

Dinner party. Intellectuals love a night of erudite conversation. Bring together a lively group of people for a potluck and talk about everything under the sun… well, everything except politics and religion.

Walking tour. Explore a new city — or even your own neighborhood — by taking a tour that highlights locations where history’s notables lived and worked. Most large cities offer numerous guides and books for this purpose.

Foreign film. Most couples will get around to the “dinner and a movie” standby at some point… but why not make your night special by heading off the beaten path? Check out an art cinema for an independent feature or foreign flick.

Wine tasting. “Smart” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “wine snob,” but no matter how sensitive your palate, a wine tasting is a fun and unusual date.

Adult Education classes. Remember how much fun “doing homework together” was when you were a teenager? Why not recapture that feeling with French for Travel or Mediation for Busy People? Taking a class together will expand your horizons and satisfy your thirst for knowledge.

Opera & Symphony. Leave reality television to the plebian folks and take in an opera or a symphony orchestra with your brainy date. You can always catch Donald Trump on TiVo.