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Feb. 9, 2001

Valentine's Day options abound with creative thinking

By ZACK WIMPEE

Reporter

Note to all the guys: Valentine's Day is next Wednesday. If you have someone special in mind, ask her out. When that's out of the way, you'll have to figure out where in the world you're going to take her.

Brad Riddell, an Austin freshman, thinks that the place is not that important.

'A girl just wants to know you made an effort,' Riddell said.

Kami Burns, a Garland junior, agrees with Riddell.

'Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday,' Burns said. 'For the past six years I have been able to spend it with someone I love and admire. So to me, Valentine's Day is a celebration of our relationship. It doesn't really matter where we go or what we do.'

However, you have to do something. Here are some ideas on what to do for Valentine's Day.

Traditional Options

This one is easy. You have to start with a rose, open all doors, be complimentary, and have a nice dinner. Even though that seems like good advice for a date on any day, one must be especially careful on Valentine's Day. It's the girl's day, and she is paying closer attention to detail tonight. Just follow the rules your mother gave you, and you should be fine. This classic approach for a Valentine's Day date has survived two World Wars for a reason; the girls like it. However, the traditional date can be expensive depending on the restaurant you choose.

Inexpensive Options

If you don't have a lot of money to spend right now, that's no excuse to not ask a girl out for Valentine's Day. There are plenty of alternative ideas to the traditional date. If you feel really comfortable around someone, you could plan to spend the entire day together. Running each others' errands, studying together, and maybe taking a walk in Cameron Park would be a fun and inexpensive way to make someone feel special.

'You could fix a picnic basket and go somewhere quiet,' Brian Beckering, a Houston sophomore, said. 'Of course you better have something to talk about, or it could get pretty boring.'

Original Options

In order to avoid boredom, think of something creative to do for that special someone. This idea takes some effort, but will be much appreciated. If you play guitar, write her a song. If you are a good cook, make her your best dish. The list can go on and on -- the important thing is originality. 'A great Valentine's Day idea is to combine all three elements,' Jamie Christian, a Dallas freshman, said. 'Get her a rose for traditional, go to the suspension bridge for inexpensive, and be by the water for original. But don't use that idea, because that is what I am doing.'