Romancing the West (Date #7, Part 2)

Oregon TrailSeeing as the Philadelphia Museum of Art is my go-to date, I know exactly where a first kiss ought to take place.  There are several possibilities, actually: the second floor opposite the staircase where the windows overlook the Parkway, any one of the gazebos that flank the building, or even the staircase itself (and this, if you’re on your second glass of wine and wearing heels is probably your best option).

Well, Date #7 totally ruins my plans.  When the band finishes its first set, he takes me by the hand and leads me down the steps to the prints and drawings gallery, which boasts a new exhibition called “Romancing the West.”

I know all about “Romancing the West” because the curator gave an entire PowerPoint on this very subject during the museum’s Press Preview last month.  I decide to share some of the curator’s more salient points with Date #7 only to discover that I can’t actually remember anything (aside from “They had really good food at the Press Preview”) so we talk about Wounded Knee instead and anthropology and Native Americans and Oregon Trail the computer game (which Date #7, unfortunately, is too old to remember).

I take it upon myself to explain the intricacies of Oregon Trail—how you have to select people for your wagon party and outfit your Conestoga at the general store before you set off and that you should always buy an extra axel because they have tendency to break when you have to ford a river—but then I fall silent.

Date #7 is giving me a look—a look that says, “Charming though I find your description of growing up in the 1990s and the computer games that accompanied your childhood, I’d really like you to stop talking about wagon trains so I can kiss you.”

So I do.  And he does.

And… well, I have revised my opinion on the best places to kiss in the art museum.  The prints and drawings gallery is where it’s at.  The American wing isn’t bad either.  And the benches behind the museum that overlook the Schuylkill… and the block behind Lovash, the Indian restaurant on South Street where we go for dinner… and so on and so forth until it’s 1:00am and we’re on my parents’ roof deck trying to convince ourselves that it really is time to call it a night.

6 Responses to “Romancing the West (Date #7, Part 2)”

  1. Nicole Basaraba

    I soooooo remember the Oregon Trail computer game. It was the best!!!

    And I have to say awwwwwwww. This one sounds like a keeper.

    Reply
  2. Anna

    Oregon Trail! I remember that one!

    Sounds like you had a great night….

    Reply
  3. Lost in France

    Not a clue about the Oregon Trail, but sounds like a lot of kissing.

    Reply
  4. Zak

    “Date #7 is giving me a look—a look that says, “Charming though I find your description of growing up in the 1990s and the computer games that accompanied your childhood, I’d really like you to stop talking about wagon trains so I can kiss you.”

    So I do. And he does.”

    This is one of the most well-written lines I’ve read in a long time (or ever) and I WISH I could write half as good as this!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

%d bloggers like this: