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Dating Triumphs and Tragedies
by Nicole Roberge

Summer Lovin'

Ah summer. Is it really that time of year again already? For some, it is their favorite season when the sun is shining and being outdoors is all they could wish for. For others, it’s the hot nights they crave. And for the rest, they rush indoors to the cool of the A.C. Whatever the case, summer has a lot to offer on the dating scene. While many are too involved in their summer activities and decide if they find a summer fling, great, you may instead wind up catching the best wave of summer with an unexpected date.

The first thing that pops into mind with summer is the beach, and yes, many guys and gals go there expecting to see the opposite sex very, very dressed down. It’s a fun, and easy place to flirt. And since it’s a daytime activity, it can also lead to a nighttime activity. If you and your friends find yourselves flirting with another group and all is going well, be bold and ask them to the trendy Beach Bar (which is sure to be nearby) for a drink or to hang out. See who meshes with who, and next thing you know, you might have an official beach date lined up.


But the beach is not the only outside activity that the summer holds. There are many outdoor festivals that offer a melting pot of datable people. From concerts, arts and film, there are plenty of places to go that meet your liking, where you might find someone with the same tastes you have. When I lived in California, they showed old movies on a big screen outside at night. A cool atmosphere to go to with your friends and meet other cool people. Or, if you have just met someone, a great place for a date. There are also many outdoor concerts during the summer where people are apt to meet, whether tailgating in the parking lot, or next to your seat at the show. It may not be the greatest place for a first date though, since the music is loud and you won’t hear a thing he is saying…but maybe later down the line. And if you are the artsy type, summer is certainly the time for arts & crafts festivals. If you’re looking to meet someone, stroll along down the rows and if you see someone you admire, admiring a painting, go admire it as well. Then you can strike up a conversation about it…and admire him all the way down to the restaurant that he just invited you to have lunch at.

Are you more of a stay inside the cool air during the day, but go into the hot night, kind of gal? Summer nights are hot…and fun, and where the unexpected can happen. Many bars and restaurants open up an outdoor area, and make fun summery drinks. Dressing for nights out is more exciting too; you can rid of your wintery clothes and don a sassy summer dress. It’s a flirty time and most other people are out to just relax and enjoy the night, because after all, summer is only a few months, why let it slip away?

But there are those occasional days when it does get stormy, and for some people, that is a very welcome day. Yes, it’s the thunderstorm. The sky gets black, the rain pours down, and between loud booms and bolts of lightening, you’re scared to look out from under the blanket. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Some people love these days though, where they can stay inside, and don’t have to go anywhere. So if you have just started dating someone, you might want to let him in on this. Invite him over and plan your own day together. It’s sort of like a snow day…but not. Just cozy up and watch movies, order takeout, and make margaritas. He’ll pretend not to be scared of the thunderstorm, while you will be openly scared and you can cuddle together. So cute.

Summer is also tourist season. Taking a trip? Maybe by yourself or with friends? Get to know the locals. If this is a relaxing trip for some “you” time, be adventurous and have fun. See who you can meet. Maybe you’re just taking a day trip to a town nearby that has some attractions. Perhaps a getaway from the normal guys you see would do you good, and someone in a different town would spice things up a bit, and you’d have somewhere new to visit as well. Plus, you don’t mind driving that short distance…if it’s for him.

Whatever the case, summer has a lot to offer. There’s tons to do, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. You just have to put yourself out there, be seen, and hopefully, say a few words. Don’t let summer pass you by without finding yourself some summer lovin’.

Dating Triumphs and Tragedies is published every Sunday by Online Dating Magazine columnist Nicole Roberge. She can be reached at

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