Wednesday, July 13, 2011


i'm always looking for creative date ideas (so we do something other than watch a movie) and i was so excited when i read in 5280 magazine about the "PostSecret" exhibit that was in town at a small arts center for one more week. i had heard of this exhibit before and thought it would be cool to see. so i arranged for gammy and pappy to watch the kids and decided to keep it a secret from dave (he he)! but dave can hardly stand secrets and was begging for a hint of where we were going. usually i refuse to give a hint because i am bad at giving hints and get bummed when dave guesses right, but this time i was prepared. i played the song "secrets" by OneRepublic and he still had no idea!

a little background about the exhibit (from wikipedia). "the concept of the project is that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they have never previously revealed. no restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. frank warren, the creator of the project, claims that 'the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger's secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance.' "

sorry to break it to you frank, but this was not an inspirational experience for us. in fact it was downright depressing. i guess if i would have stopped and actually thought about it, i would have realized that most of the secrets people would be sharing (that they had never shared with anyone before and were now sharing anonymously) would not be uplifting or even silly (for the most part). mostly they were sad, depressing and disturbing. i would say a majority of them had to do with sexual indiscretion (cheating, adultery etc.), suicidal thoughts and just plain unhappiness with their lives. seeing how people decorated their postcard to represent their secret was pretty cool, but not cool enough keep it from being depressing. needless to say my great date idea was a bust. we didn't even finish going through the whole exhibit.

these were my 2 favorites because they were just plain funny. i think these were the kinds of secrets i was expecting.

and even though the one on the left has to do with cheating, it made me laugh.

outside the arts center. a picture to remember our depressing date.

and of course when you see a statue like this, you just have to pose with it. right?!

the date was redeemed a little thanks to a great restaurant recommendation from some friends. if you're ever in golden, go to empanada express grill. yummy! as we were leaving the restaurant we were already trying to decide when we could go back. plus, it's just nice to be with dave so the date wasn't all bad!

if you have any creative date ideas you've done (or heard of), leave a comment and let me know!

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