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Geeky ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

Looking for ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in true geeky fashion? Nicole Bremer Nash has a few suggestions.

I admit that I'm a bit ambivalent about Valentine's Day. Pretty much everything that Hallmark makes is corny in my opinion, and I just don't go in for mushy, lovey-dovey stuff. That said, I am determined to make this Valentine's Day a fun one, which means I am searching for the perfect way to spend the weekend of February 14th.

I'm happy to share my research, so I offer you this list to help you enjoy the holiday of love in the geekiest, and therefore most fun, way possible.

1. Take your geek date to play laser tag. It's like a video game, but in real life.

2. Spend the weekend together with the lights down low, playing all the special Valentine's quests in World of Warcraft.

3. Buy a special Internet domain and create a Web site listing all the reasons you love your geek. This would also be a fantastic, geeky way to do a marriage proposal.

4. Change your beloved geek's screensaver to show a romantic message from yourself.

5. Put on shoes strangers have worn and go glow bowling.

6. I'm not much into Valentine's gifts, but I do like this t-shirt that combines love and zombies.

I like adventure, but February is too cold here to be outside. To that end, I suggest looking into all the geeky places that you can possibly think of in your area (museums, planetariums, workshops) and finding out what each of them has going on for the holiday. Most places offer some sort of Valentine's special event, and you're likely to find at least one thing that sounds fun.

The point is really to just slow down and spend time with your partner; it doesn't have to be a huge deal (unless your partner is expecting a huge deal, in which case see number 3). As for me, I'm leaning toward laser tag and glow bowling, but if you have a better, geekier idea, let me know in the comments.

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Nicole Bremer Nash is Director of Content and Social Media for HuTerra, where she uses SEO and social media to promote charitable organizations in their community-building and fundraising efforts. She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts, and conduct...

14 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

She's not going to see this list, and I know better than to get her any of these :-)

ana_meskovska
ana_meskovska

Make a Star Wars marathon with a lot of food and vine

jenstirrup
jenstirrup

I'm getting XBOX LIVE points for my valentine's day - despite the fact I'm nearly forty and a girl. Geeky and proud of it!

mmrybatl
mmrybatl

totally agree with you, as a matter of fact, the very first date I had with my wife was actually a laser tag game, that was 15 years ago, I think it might be a really good way to remember the times when we met

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

Palmetto, It's true, some girls really do want jewelry ;) Maybe she could entertain you with something on this list? V-Day goes both ways, it's not just for the girls.

JesseLee
JesseLee

That sounds like a wonderful idea! Especially with the incoming snow in the area.

jfuller05
jfuller05

Great idea! My wife and I might do that later on; I'm taking her to some art museums she has been wanting to go to. The Star Wars marathon is a great idea though.

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

I love it-- spend the whole weekend inside on a blanket on the floor watching movie series marathons. Good wine, good cheese, great company. Great idea!

jsclmedave
jsclmedave

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... Perhaps if you clean your parents basement (your bedroom) they will let you borrow their credit card so you can purchase um,,, I don't know. A Kindle? iPad? Nexus1? You "can" be a geek without being a GEEK!

jgmsys@yahoo.com
jgmsys@yahoo.com

......a visit to the local Science Center. Nothing spells "geek" like being immersed in science for a few hours.

yattwood
yattwood

I will be at my desk at 5 AM, Pacific Standard Time on 14 February 2010, waiting to dial-in to a conference call because our production data center will be having its Quarterly Outage, and I will need to shutdown (and eventually restart) ten (10) Oracle databases on four (4) servers, as well as reorganize and tune a test/development Oracle database that the user is complaining about. In addition, an additional 50 GB shelf is being installed on my Network Appliance FAS3140 Filers, and I will need to do some housekeeping on a couple of /dev/vg00 volumes on my HP-UX servers. "I Knew The Job Was Dangerous When I Took It..." ah, the life of a DBA (and I can only get 768K DSL at home (which is execrable), so I prefer to come in to work (about 20 minutes away) so I don't have to struggle with the VPN..... However, we do get the 15th off, so I will probably go see "Avatar", again, in non-3D (3D and progressive glasses do not mix!) Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

jfuller05
jfuller05

is almost as fun as paintball, so I guess you're a geek for playing paintball too?

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