Cheap date and a chick flick

Natalie Gress

What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” Sound familiar? Do you lack the ability to come up with creative ideas, but want to go out with friends or that special someone to do something exciting? Then you have come to the right place.

Something most teenagers don’t have in their wallets is money. That little thing that makes the dating world go ‘round—NOT. The cheapest ideas on the market are the most memorable. It doesn’t matter what or where your date takes place. What matters is what you make of it. Movies come out all the time with what seem to be the perfect girl nights or dating ideas. Instead of imagining these entertainment possibilities, be inspired by the opportunities in our own Seattle. Here is one example.

Dissect the high-spirited chick flick 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Filmed in our very own Seattle, this quirky movie was adapted from William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew into a modern American high school setting. It is the perfect ending to an afternoon of adventure. Sites included in the film easy to visit include…

Seeing the Fremont Troll hunkered under the Aurora Bridge. This two-ton concrete troll with a hubcap eye clutches a VW bug from California. It was originally created in 1990 to support the bridge as well as discourage garbage dumping and drug dealing in the area. The concept of the sculpture was derived from the Scandinavian fairytale Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Next you might want to take a stroll in Gas Works Park. These 19.1 acres consist of the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant ruins -modified into a large play barn- as well as a big hill used for flying kites. Special park features include a sundial built into the summit, and a stunning view of Seattle.

Something the characters do in the movie is go paintballing. This messy activity can be very inexpensive if you go with a group of friends and play for an hour. Play in teams or individually target your friends or random strangers. A great indoor or outdoor activity that never gets old.

Lastly after a day of exploration, enjoy your own cinema-from- the-couch with 10 Things I Hate about You. This movie covers the stereotypes of high school from Ms. Perky the guidance counselor to a daughter’s overprotective father. The dynamic of characters covers the social scale from rebellious senior feminist to the geeky new student who learns his value.