Friday, February 10, 2006

Happy valentine hunting

Alternative venues to meet women

Express Staff Writer

"Sleepless in West Ketchum," he moaned.

A great day of skiing, good company and a gourmet Seattle Ridge lunch wasn't enough to quiet the gripes of a single, male friend.

Burned out with the bar scene, he dramatically declared the singles scene in the Wood River Valley "impossible." The other male in attendance agreed. The two commiserated on the lack of engaging, athletic, attractive and, most importantly, available, women in the valley.

Luckily, the disgruntled males lunched with female friends who vehemently disagreed. To pacify the despondent complainers, the girlfriends brainstormed alternative spots for their guy friends to meet women.

The men embraced the advice, shifting their hunt to the hot spots listed below.

Try yoga

Women congregate at exercise classes. You name the option, "Butts and Guts," "Body Sculpt," "Pilates" or "Power Step," women will attend. Most men tend to shy away from organized exercise options, rejecting the incredible odds present at health club classes.

Is coordination the problem?

For the intimidated male, yoga proves a prime opportunity to embrace the favorable odds in a low-key atmosphere. These days, yoga is a mainstay for any exercise program, attracting the likes of inner peace maidens and extreme athletes. Men desiring a health-conscious mate should explore the quieting of the mind and breath to find their own special yogi.

Pickup line: "Your pad or mine?"

Shop for produce

Lettuce and lemons lead to love. Eventually everyone has to shop. Shopping habits reveal discriminating details about potential dates. (Who wants to date a cauliflower consumer?) Outside the rows of spaghetti sauce and frozen dinners, the fruit and vegetable section lends well to conversation. The process of selecting produce leads to easy banter, rather than a dead-end interaction that can occur over linguini noodles.

Pickup line: "Does this feel ripe to you?"

Visit Dollar Mountain

Dollar Mountain is the perfect place to showcase your mountain prowess.

The gentle slopes offer an immediate advantage for the seasoned skier and snowboarder, as new participants need instruction. The two-person chair lifts limit the company and the meandering ride offers time for conversation. Sun Valley's newest world-class lodge, Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge, provides a romantic atmosphere with expansive views and gourmet dining.

Pickup line: "Need any instruction?"

Think like a tourist

Claim to have met all of the single women in town? Think again. A great aspect of a resort community is that people come and go. The selection changes constantly. Position yourself accordingly. Suggested locations include the lobby of Friedman Memorial Airport, areas near the Chamber of Commerce and in Sun Valley Village.

Pickup line: "May I tour your condo?"

Visit a nail salon

Women like pampering, even mountain women. However, mountain men are not so keen on the practice. Indulge in a manicure or pedicure—the odds and the atmosphere are good. Women are relaxed, enjoying themselves, and feel beautiful. The throne-like chairs used for pedicure clients are also conveniently positioned for conversation.

Pickup line: "Need a foot massage?"

Ride the bus:

Riding the bus sends the right message to the environmentally friendly (or intoxicated) gal. The KART bus also provides a free activity for singles with time to tour town. The bus driver guarantees a wingman and may be single as well.

Pickup line: "I'm only riding this 'cause I gave my Hummer to the orphanage."

Check your mail

The post office provides a casual setting to strike up conversation. The lines at the counter prove a convenient option for easy conversation. Easy conversation topics rest in the recent postage rate hike. People come and go frequently, which promises a number of options.

Pickup line: "Is your return address heaven?"

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