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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Being a Boring Date in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

click to enlarge SCOTT BEALE / KEVIN DOOLEY
So it’s date night, which always means dinner and a movie, right? Sure, if you’re 85 years old and/or unimaginative.

If you’re bored with your normal date routine, try one of these instead.

Pretend you’re a tourist: take your significant other to see the city from another perspective.

Try to sneak on the glass elevators at the Westin St. Francis to view the city from each of the hotel’s 32 floors. Have picnics in weird places; go on a hike at Land’s End, stop when you get tired and have a picnic on a log overlooking the bridge and the ocean. Eat lunch in a cave at Sutro Baths. Bring your picnic food to that weird structure at the Embarcadero—you know, the one near the farmer’s market that looks like a bunch of blocks with water coming out of it—and watch the sunset.

When you’re sick of playing tourist, play the tourist drinking game instead.

A way to bond with your honey and make fun of tourists! Grab your S.O. and your portable alcoholic beverage (aka: roadie) of choice and find a place to sit where you’re likely to see plenty of clueless tourists. Pier 39 is an ideal place for tourist watching.

Decide which “tourist traits” you're looking for, then take a swig whenever you see someone who clearly possess that trait. For example, chug a sip every time you see someone who evidently came to San Francisco without a jacket expecting it to be warm and ended up buying an “I Heart SF” sweatshirt, usually oversized.

The Tourist Game can also be played sans alcohol if you're not into day drinking. Instead of taking sips of your roadie, each person gets imaginary “points” whenever they see an obvious touristy tourist. Ten points for the guy in the “I escaped from Alcatraz and all I got was this T-shirt” shirt, five points for the girl wearing the booty shorts even though it’s so foggy you can’t see your hand in front of your face, etc. etc.

Although if it's that foggy, you probably don’t want to be outside either. What to do indoors on a date?

Here's an idea that'll keep both of you warm (or hot): Head down to the Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum. Nothing says "romantic" like taking your partner to see a bunch of old (previously owned?) vibrators, right? There’s a free guided tour every Sunday at 3 p.m.

Run errands together incognito

If your Sundays are mostly devoted to doing errands before the week starts, you and your partner can make your errands more interesting. Sometimes the only day you both have work off happens to also be the day you have to get groceries, which is a super boring and totally crappy date, unless of course your in costume. Sidenote:  We’ve gone to CVS before while wearing a sombrero and kept a tally of all the weird looks we’ve gotten.

Even in San Francisco, it's atypical to see someone casually browsing the shampoo aisle dressed as Spiderman. See how creative of a costume you two can put together and whoever gets the most "WTF looks" from other errands-doers wins.

Of course, if you're broke and it's raining outside, there's always Netflix and microwave popcorn. 

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