5.01.2006posted by Donovan at 9:10 PM
Stephen Nash who I just did a interview with (which you can read here), did this awesome post on making your pad more chick friendly.
You might be the coolest guy in the world, with great stories, successful
career, killer clothes and an awesome social life. However, if your home is not
equipped with these 10 essentials, that smooth first impression you made will
head south as fast as geese in a snowstorm.
A woman should be excited to
see your home. She has enjoyed getting to know you, and is now open to taking
things to the next level. She arrives at your door, hoping that you can provide
a cool, comfortable and romantic experience. Follow these tips and you’ll do
that plus more…
1) Clean Bathroom. This is number one for a reason.
Please, please don’t let her walk in there and find no toilet paper. Right now,
go to the bathroom. If you are down to one roll (meaning, the ACTIVE one) stop
reading this and go to the store. Buy at least 6 rolls to have on hand. Also,
she should never see hair shavings scattered in the sink and a black ring around
the tub. She sees this…you never see her again.
2) An Unusual or Exotic
Coffee or Tea. If she doesn’t drink alcohol, she will really appreciate this
touch. A good place to find either item is in a gourmet grocery store. Get fresh
ground coffee or fresh tea leaves. Coffee in a can or tea bags doesn’t cut it
3) Entertainment. No Barry White or Marvin Gaye, they are just
beyond comical and cliché. Try Portishead, Coldplay or Ben Harper. Also, have at
least half a dozen movies that you can pull out in a moments notice. You are
looking for something that sets a romantic, yet fun mood. Here are some
suggestions: Don Juan DeMarco, Annie Hall, There’s Something About Mary, Arthur,
Casablanca, Hitch, and Sidewalks of New York are all great options.
One Special Recipe. You don’t need the cooking expertise of Daniel Boulud, but
it is important, not to mention impressive, that you be able to prepare at least
one good meal. After selecting your signature dish, consult the local wine shop
for the perfect match. A suggestion: baked fish is simple, healthy, elegant, and
can be combined with a light vegetable or two. Also, go the extra mile by buying
a small, tasty tart or cake from the local bakery for dessert. The result: an
unforgettable, gourmet meal that separates you from the pack.
Non-fluorescent Mood Lighting. Overhead lighting tends to wash-out color and
feel stark. Have areas lit by lamps, adding to the romantic mood. Also, if you
have a lava lamp, toss that in the garbage along with the tie-dyed t-shirts. Or,
at least hide them in the closet.
6) Wine. Always have 2 bottles of wine
on hand, one red and one white. No need to go overboard, but don’t skimp either
and buy “Boone’s Farm”. $20 per bottle is plenty. Also, be sure to own wine
glasses. Have at least four on hand, as they break easily.
7) Hide the
Video Games. Nothing says "lazy, loser, and adolescent" like an X-box on the
floor in front of your TV. Video games are female repellant. Why? I’ll never
know. It’s like trying to uncover the mystery of why girls go to the bathroom in
8) Family Photo. Let her know you came from somewhere; that you
weren't dropped on earth last week in the bar where you met. It’s certainly
comforting for her to know this, but even better to SEE it. A solo picture of
mom is a major plus here too.
9) Semi-Stocked Fridge. Make sure there is
more than a bottle of ketchup and half a six pack of Bud. Have some snacks that
you won’t need to prepare. Ice cream, fresh fruit, chocolate, and cheese are all
great, light foods. Also, for a sophisticated, simple snack try sliced tomatoes
with basil and mozzarella. It bespeaks sophistication and intelligence, while
not requiring hours of preparation.
10) Shorts and a Tee Shirt. Have a
spare for her if she decides to stay over. Don't buy a pair of shorts with a
size 25 waist; she'll either think they're from a previous girl or that you're a
player. Get one that would fit you, but with a drawstring; very inconspicuous,
Having a clean place can make up for a lack of any of
these points. Keeping clean shows respect for your guests. At minimum, be sure
the kitchen is clean with no old dishes in the sink, and no dirty clothes
scattered on the floor. Most importantly - the bed MUST be made.
your place needs to look neither fussy nor girly. This is a bachelor pad, so let
it be obvious that a single man lurks within. Your place should reflect you and
do so effectively. If you have any questions, invite a female friend over for
lunch, and ask for her no-holds-barred opinion.
The post witheverything to know about bachelor pads.
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