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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Secret Surprise Dates

FAQS of Life

My life in "frequently asked question" format.

Today's Topic: Secret Surprise Dates

Q: What, pray tell, is a Secret Surprise Date?

A: A secret surprise date is a festival of fun wrapped in romance. It's the pinata of date nights.

Q: What does that mean in English?

A: When Amy and I were courting, we went on some elaborately planned dates. We coined the phrase "Secret Surprise dates" to describe them.

Q: Do they have to be secret?

A: No, the other party knows the date is going to happen and who the date is with. They just don't know what is going to happen.

Q: I am still not wrapping my mind around the concept, could you give an example?

A: Yes.

Very funny! I'm waiting!

When I lived in South Carolina, I used to frequent a donut chain by the name of Krispy Kreme. Now, when I came back to Illinois to court and subsequently marry Amy, they did not have any Krispy Kremes in the Chicago area. When Amy heard that one had come to the area, she blindfolded me and drove me to the Krispy Kreme. I was so shocked when I got out of the car and breathed in the aroma of the Mecca of donuts. This was truly a secret surprise!

On another occasion, I blindfolded Amy and drove around for an hour finally stopping at the Hinsdale Oasis of the Illinois Tollway System 10 minutes from our apartment. There we sat,ate dinner, and watched the traffic drive beneath us.

Q: Are blindfolds mandatory?

A: No, but they can add quite a bit to the overall effect.

Q: Are Secret Surprise Dates expensive?

They can be, but don't have to be. The Krispy Kreme date cost less than 10 dollars. Last Saturday night, I drove Amy about an hour north of our house to a nice restaurant just over the Wisconsin border. We had great conversation on the way there and back and an excellent all-you-can-eat meal in a quaint atmosphere. The entire cost of the evening including babysitting was under $50.00.

Q: I am more of a visual person, do you have any pictures from these excursions?

A: Yes.

Q: You are not pulling that joke again, are you?!!!

A: Yes. Before you get all upset, here is a picture of Amy outside the restaurant on Saturday night.

Q: So, it sounds like Secret Surprise dates work for you, is that accurate?

A: It certainly is. They really help us to keep the fun alive in our relationship. To see what works for other people click here to be directed to the Works for me Wednesday site at Rocks in my Dryer.

Next Time: Randomness


Nikki said...

ooh how fun! You have posted this just in time. I can foresee a bunch of secret surprise dates coming up especially in anticipation of Valentine's Day. Reminds me of high school- some of the ones you mentioned. Thanks!

Amy said...

I love this idea! Thanks!

Catherine said...

Great post. BTW, yours is the only blog with Steve Taylor music. I love the "clone" song!! It really takes me back - waaaaaay back.

Riggsme said...

Dates! I gotta date my wife more, thanks for the reminder. Maybe we could watch some of the new content from the Veggie Tales guy.
Jelly On!

Audra Krell said...

Great ideas. We have our anniversary this month, my husband's birthday next month, as well as Valentines Day. Thanks for inspiring marriages everywhere!

Lana said...

What a great idea! I live in SC and am so happy to hear that you have a Krispy Kreme in your area now. I would HATE for anyone to have to live without "Hot and Now" doughnuts!

Wani said...

My husband has taken me on secret dates before. I love it! I might have to plan one for him sometime! Thanks for sharing!

AmyR said...

Thanks Dave, for posting this. I always have a great time on our dates and hope they continue for the rest of the 65 years we will be married...

Unknown said...

Of course, leave it to THE Dave Roller to go beyond the taking about himself in third person to actually conducting an interview with himself!

I also like the idea, so I am not just whistling dixie (SC and Krispy Kreme rock!).

AmyR said...

Hey fella, any more posts coming down the pike? Just curious....

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