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146th Ask Josh – Date Ideas

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Mandy says…

question: what are fun creative date ideas for my boyfriend and me? I hear you have some good ones 🙂


Dear Mandy,


  • Feeding the ducks at the pond.
  • Eating Chinese food with chopsticks.
  • Hiking the Y
  • Hiking the I next to Provo College at the Ivy Academy on 800 N, approximately 1450 W.(which is significantly shorter as it is 30 feet from the bottom to the top.)
  • Covering the dashboard of your car with Post-It notes. Going to the car wash and opening the windows during the blow-drying stage.
  • Walking around with different colored Post-It notes and seeing how many people you can stick them to without them noticing.
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Get some chalk, draw a circle, play Marbles.
  • Play racquetball at the RB, even if neither of you know how.
  • Go to the Dollar Store and buy fun things.
  • Get a rubber playground ball and play four-square
  • Rent a tandem bike from Outdoors Unlimited and ride it somewhere to have a picnic.
  • Borrow two baseball gloves and a ball and play catch.
  • Play catch with a frisbee on top of a parking garage.
  • Go to International Cinema
  • Go to the Museum of Art
  • Go to the Monte L. Bean museum and draw pictures of the things on display.
  • Set up a miniature golf course on campus.
  • Make dinner together.
  • Go to Denny's in the middle of the night.
  • Go to an airport with a Welcome Home sign and cheer for any person you see coming out of the gates, even better if there happens to be a missionary coming home that day.
  • Go to Sensuous Sandwich.
  • Go to Sub-Zero for ice cream.
  • Make paper airplanes and see how far you can throw them from the top of a high building.
  • Buy a  television at Deseret Industries and blow it up.
  • Go to the planetarium either at the Gateway mall in Salt Lake or to the one in the Eyring Science Center on campus (Friday nights only, I think)
  • Ride the TRAX or a UTA bus and talk to people you meet there. Write a story about them afterwards.
  • Make homemade popsicles by pouring Sprite into an ice cube tray with toothpicks in it.
  • Go to a laundromat and put toys in the dryer, start it up. Then go to a corner and film people's reactions when they hear the clanging of the objects in the dryer.
  • Make banana splits.
  • Climb trees.
  • Skip rocks on Utah lake.
  • Go to the ROPES course on Center street (you'll need to get a bigger group and reserve the place in advance)
  • Go to the tumbling gym (same as the last one).
  • Learn magic tricks online and then do a magic show for each other or for someone. Just learn the tricks.
  • Go to the perfect park behind Wal-Mart and discuss all the reasons why it is indeed a perfect park.
  • Film Archive Series in the Library
  • Making popsicle stick crafts.
  • Watch your favorite YouTube videos on a projector on campus (YouTube is allowed there now).
  • Apples to Apples
  • Taking a tire to the top of Squaw Peak and throwing them off the top to see how far they roll (they roll really far).
  • Take chalk and draw Karl G. Maeser circles around yourself and quote Karl's famous chalk circle quote over and over again. Keep saying, "I would die first, I would die first."
  • Going to the symphony and then playing the dot game while you're there.
  • Go to the music store, get some sheet music, and learn a song together. Preferably a song that you don't know but have been told is classic.
  • Find Christmas ornaments during a month of the year when they would be on clearance, like in June. Decorate a regular tree. Then watch "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Go on a culturally themed date. Like, say, Italian night. Go to an Italian restaurant, then go see Divine Comedy or watch "Life is Beautiful" and then go get some gelato.
  • Go to a Demolition Derby
  • Go to a tractor pull
  • Go to a fair and appraise the livestock
  • Go tubing down a crick
  • Make origami (look it up on WikiHow if you don't know)
  • Thanksgiving point – See the dinosaurs, or the yearly corn maze, or whatever else they have there.
  • Hopscotch (Thanks, Cici)
  • Listen (Thanks, Ryan)
  • Play Mario Brothers (Thanks, Helen)
  • Go to breakfast, but wear pajamas (Thanks, Ryan)
  • Make a lemonade stand, or a passion fruit juice stand (Thanks, Mario).
  • Make Shirley Temples and watch a Shirley Temple movie.
  • Build-a-Bear
  • Get a pedicure together.
  • Give each other facials.

Ideas that are not fun, but still a date nevertheless:

  • Ice-blocking
  • Singing at a retirement home.
  • Trafalga
  • Batting cages
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Curses
  • Chess
  • Discuss the difference between Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns, and then see if you can identify them.
  • Roll down a hill (It makes for a very short date, and is only slightly better than ice-blocking)
  • Disc golf – Only guys seem to enjoy this.
  • Bowling – Usually only one of the two enjoys this. It could go either way.
  • Sample gross health drinks, like Tahitian Noni, Wheatgrass at Jamba Juice, etc.



Response from Senator Hatch

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2009 at 11:39 am

Dear Readers,

As you may have read earlier in a blog post conveniently posted on this blog, I addressed the issue of men wearing Capri pants. After finding little hope in the Facebook, I decided to take the issue to the legislative body of our country. I wrote a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch and received an automated response. I thought I would never get an actual letter. I was wrong. I am pleased to present to you my actual letter from a great Utah senator who still represents. If you wish to read the letter (and I highly recommend that you do), simply click on the image below.



145th Ask Josh – Roundabout Asking Out

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2009 at 10:55 am


Josh, why the lack of posts? is it lack of questions?

Why awful ordeal can be compared to the LSAT?

How did you celebrate your independence day?

How do you know so many people at BYU (at least on facebook for everyone I'm friends with at BYU you're a common friend, even people not in broadcast)

Should we go on a date sometime?

That's like five questions for you to go rampant with…ready, set, go!


Dear Natalie,

Josh, why the lack of posts? is it lack of questions?

For the last few weeks I have been heavily involved with my job as a SOAR counselor for Multicultural Student Services. It is a job that requires my full attention 24/5.5. While I love my job and the people I associate with, I am afraid it does not leave me much time for blogging.

And as far as the questions go, I have plenty to answer still. I just have to find some time. I still have more SOAR to do, followed by a week as an EFY counselor, followed by some travels, followed by being a counselor for BYUSA's Foundations of Leadership camp. And then school starts again!

Why awful ordeal can be compared to the LSAT?

It's not so bad. Once you get the hang of it. I actually enjoy taking them now.  Now I'm working on the GMAT. Fun times.

How did you celebrate your independence day?

I started out my Independence Day watching Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window until I fell asleep. When I woke up, I got up and walked to downtown Provo and watched the parade on Center Street with my brother, sister-in-law, and those two adorable nieces of mine. After the parade I was feeling a bit ill, so I mostly stayed inside and watched war movies and read Sherlock Holmes. In the evening I went to the little playground behind the Joseph F. Smith building where I played with my nieces again and then we all watched the fireworks coming out of Lavell Edwards Stadium. Then I ate a Blondie brownie while perusing a sports equipment catalogue at a dear friend's house.  It was a fine day indeed.

How do you know so many people at BYU (at least on facebook for everyone I'm friends with at BYU you're a common friend, even people not in broadcast)

My network at BYU has grown through Freshman Academy, 6 on-campus jobs, sitting on the front row of all my general education classes and being very verbose, 5 intramural sports teams, Multicultural Student Services, BYUSA, Pre-Law Student Association, living in three different student wards, and a lot of just walking up to people and talking to them (that's my favorite one).

Should we go on a date sometime?

I still owe you a Jamba Juice for losing that bet. Blasted inversion.

Have a lovely day.


Josh Guest