The Patriot Echo
Dream date for under $25Monday, March 09, 2009 By Reynolds & Clark
Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect date should be. It can be as simple as a walk on the beach, as romantic as a dinner for two or as wild as skydiving off the Eiffel Tower. People’s ideas of a “Dream Date” will vary as much as the people themselves. “It would be cool to have dinner in Paris, and then go to a hot tub,” said senior Lauren Russell. “I’d go to a disco and eat ice cream with a unicorn!” said junior Rachel Leffel. “I would eat skittles and play Katamari Damacy with John McCain,” said junior Megan Neal. These things may sound extravagant, but with some creativity you can make your dream date possible for fewer than $25. Reynolds and Clark decided to make the Dream Date of junior Meghan Metz a reality. “I would love to go to Italy, get real Italian food, shop and then ride on a gondola,” said Metz. Now obviously, we weren’t able to go to Italy, but creating the atmosphere is certainly possible with a little imagination. If you were to walk the streets of Venice, you would see beautiful architecture, fashionable clothing, delicious food being sold by street vendors and maybe the occasional mustachioed woman. It may seem impossible to recreate the atmosphere of Italy in an area where the fanciest things you’ll find are a McDonalds with an indoor waterfall and the new Super Wal-Mart; however, we were able to make our own “Little Italy” here in Anne Arundel County. The first thing on Meghan’s dream date wish list was to get real Italian food. Often you’ll see a restaurant falsely claiming to have “Real Italian Food!” on signs outside its front door, but we were lucky to find a place that was legit. Squisito’s is an Italian restaurant in Severn that is popular for its amazing Italian food. We decided that we would spend the first part of our $24.99 budget here. The pastas, calzones and deserts looked delicious; however we decided to opt for the cheaper, yet scrumptious, pizza. One small cheese pizza knocked us down $7.95, leaving us $17.04 for the rest of our Italian dream date. Up next was our fancy designer shopping spree. The average Prada bag would cost you a few hundred dollars, even for the thrifty eBay shopper, but Reynolds and Clark got a brilliant idea from some art students here at Old Mill, and decided to make their own “designer” bags. We spent $5.47 on some children’s acrylic paints and $3.18 for three glitter glue pens in a variety of gorgeous colors (white, silver and lime green). We found some non-soggy brown paper bags while we were scavenging around the cafeteria, scrunched them up and unraveled them until they looked wrinkly like leather, went crazy with our paints, and, so people knew they were authentic, we finished them off with our signature “Prudo” designer logos. The last thing we had to do was ride a gondola. If you wanted, you could probably find a nice gondola rental place with your remaining $8.39, but we were fortunate to have these things available to us for free. Clark’s roommate owns a canoe she was willing to lend to us for the night. We tried going to the Aquatic Center with our canoe, but we were sadly rejected. Fortunately, at the last moment, Clark remembered that she has a pool. We spent the rest of our “dream date” serenading each other in our “gondola”, and eating pizza out of our Prudo bags. So what became of our final eight dollars? After ten minutes of gondola serenading, Reynolds got sea-sick and threw up in the pool. In the commotion, we lost our Prudo bags in the water, and they dissolved into a goopy mass of colorful glitter. We gave up, and decided to go to Taco Bell instead.