Fall, flannels and the friendzone

It must be the changing of the seasons


Fall is finally here, and that means a few things here in Lynchburg — pumpkin spice lattes (PSL), football games and most importantly, guys trying to figure out where to take that girl from evangelism class on a date.

Of course, asking the girl out is half the battle, but once that is done, planning the actual date is crucial.

Whether you just met the girl, or you have been nurturing your friendship for quite some time, if you finally got the girl to say yes to a date, here are your next steps.

Step 1: Buy the perfect flannel. It may not seem important, but a well-worn flannel can make all the difference. The No. 1 thing a girl looks for in a guy is a classy looking flannel. Ask any girl, I dare you.

Step 2: Pick the date spot. Apple orchards are a classic fall getaway. You may even “get lost” in the endless rows of apple trees. Another option is horseback riding. Pro tip: The Liberty Equestrian Center offers free trail-rides on Saturdays, and you can pretend you spent a bunch of money on the date. Girls love that stuff.

Another great date idea is a drive down the Blue-Ridge Parkway.

Your girl will get to enjoy two great views at once with this option. You can even pack a nice picnic in a wicker basket from Goodwill.

Step 3: Once you have decided on the location, you need to work on the wheels. You can’t go picking your future wife up in your 1997 Toyota Corolla. Ask around for some better options. If they ask why they should let you borrow their car, just ask them why they want you to be single forever. After all, at 18-22 years old, the clock is ticking on your love life.

Step 4: Arrive with PSL in hand. Everyone knows Liberty girls can’t resist a piping hot cup of pumpkin. If you are really looking to impress, go with Joe Beans instead of Starbucks. The fact of the matter is, Starbucks hates Christmas, therefore Starbucks hates love. The small gesture will tell the girl you aren’t scared of commitment.

Step 5: Execute. I can only do so much to help you find love this fall. All the steps in the world will not work if you do not execute. Just remember to be yourself out there, and don’t fall behind. Spring will be here before you know it, and it’s much harder to get a ring by spring if you don’t have a girlfriend yet. Although, it’s not entirely impossible.

Good luck, men of Liberty. May God’s hand be over you in this season.

schmieg is the sports editor.

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