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Cheap Dates 101

Friday night Vincent took me out for my birthday.

About a month late, since we have been busy every weekend since, but it was a wonderful, wonderful night. I think that what I love best about our infrequent dates is their marked air of Starving-College-Student creativity (aka inexpensiveness). Friday Vincent and I donned our “new” Banana-Republic-via-Good-Will clothes, and with the help of hand-me-down duds and borrowed jewelry (for me, obviously) we both cleaned up rather well, if I do say so myself.

We arrived at the restaurant on-the-dot for our seven o’clock reservation and were ushered to our seats. Our poor waitress. Having long studied the art of eating out for at little as possible, and having worked in food service myself, I feel for the conscientious servers who anticipate the fat tip resulting from a romantic date and find themselves shafted by a couple who are more then happy to have a no-frills-dinner with extra bread service. Our waitress dutifully rattled off the list of fish, poultry, and drink specials, gave us an outrageously priced (to my three-buck-chuck way of thinking) wine-list, and pleaded with us to order an appetizer. But we stood strong. And ordered a family-size plate of spaghetti and meatballs (you must understand, these are no ordinary spaghetti and meatballs. These are the best spaghetti and meatballs that I, raised by my Italian family, have ever had) and a dish of penne tossed with broccoli, sausage, prosciutto and some kind of divine parmesan sauce.

I hardly need say that while the food was delicious, my escort, the epitome of attentive kindness, could not have been more gentlemanly. And keeping with his good breeding and his own experience in food-service, he tipped the waitress quite well, even though we turned down dessert and got a pint of Ben and Jerry’s from the grocery on the way home for half the price of the restaurant’s tiramisu. The Ben and Jerry’s was excellent, as always (can anything with that much cream, sugar and chocolate NOT be good?), but the greatest excitement was discovering that NetFlix now offers all three seasons of “Arrested Development” to watch on demand. I love my boyfriend. I have to: he has just introduced me to too many awesome things to not love him.

In all, it was a fantastic night. I won’t way it was cheap, because it wasn’t, but it certainly cut a lot of corners which we never even missed. My favorite part of dinner was Vincent, leaning across the table, watching the waitress’ retreating back, “Honey, thanks for not being an expensive date…”

I do what I can.

Saturday night we sat down to delectable Italian leftovers, the rest of that huge platter of spaghetti and meatballs. It certainly beat the caf…


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