No Ifs, Ands, Or Big Fat Butts
This story isn’t about butts. It’s about romance. But what is “romance?” No one seems to know, not even the dictionary. The dictionary says it’s, first and foremost, a “novel, movie, or genre of fiction.” Google says it’s “a feeling” associated with “love.”
I always thought romance was something sold in the Victoria’s Secret catalog. This is probably because I used to wear the Amber Romance fragrance from their Fantasies line. (I later switched to Strawberries & Champagne, and they’ve both been discontinued). Romance, to me, is rather illusory and fleeting, like cheap perfume.
In college, one of my upper-level English classes was “Romantic Journeys.” It was taught by a very handsome professor-slash-documentary filmmaker. It was then that I went from an Existentialist to a Transcendentalist. Romanticism is about being free to express raw emotion. There are also lots of castles in Romantic literature, so maybe that’s why Cinderella and all of them live in castles and get swept off their feet? But in reality, some Romantic guys actually went insane. Edgar Allen Poe had syphilis, didn’t he? Frankenstein is also from the “Romantic” era.
Men today shouldn’t be scared of Romantic gestures, or expressing their emotions for that matter. It’s slightly macabre, scary and perfect for the Halloween season. Here are some ways to make your relationship more Romantic this Halloween.
Live on Your Own Private Island/Castle
You will be able to have sex anywhere and everywhere, first of all. On an episode of MTV Cribs featuring Nas and Kelis, they boasted that they are super loud when they have sex, so it’s a good thing no one else is around. I can’t remember where they lived, but it seemed pretty secluded. Sadly, they went through an acrimonious divorce.
I once visited Alexandria Bay, NY with my belligerent former-sugar daddy and we did a ghost tour. There’s a castle there called Boldt Castle; it’s very famous. The man who owned the Waldorf Astoria in NYC started to build a castle on a heart-shaped island for the love of his life, but she died mid-construction. He ordered all work to permanently end. You can take tours of the place now though, and the area’s ghost tour covers that and other places.
Sigh… so Romantic. A ghost tour would be perfect for a spooky yet sexual date. Or you could drive around looking for castles and explore.
Wear Vials of Each Other’s Blood
Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie were certainly a Romantic couple. I never found out how they obtained the vials of each other’s blood that they wore around their necks. Was it professionally drawn, or was it more of a DIY effort? Donating a pint of blood would be something interesting to do as a couple. You will get free juice and donuts, too! #FreeDates. Maybe you can take some blood home and fashion it into jewelry.
Bram Stoker wrote during the Victorian period, not the Romantic period, but Romanticism permeates the novel. Dracula lived in a castle, of course. The sexualization of vampires is no secret; Helloooo Robert Pattinson.
Today you can visit bondage dungeons that resemble castles. While there, mingle with the folks turned on by blood. There’s nothing closer to the heart, and therefore passion, than blood. You might pick up some new ideas for the bedroom.
If you prefer to stay in for your Romantic night, red wine and candy apples make succulent and sexualized treats. The Halloween film Sleepy Hollow contains blood play/bloodletting sex scenes. It will surely get the blood flowing to the right areas.
Pick Out Your Tombstones Together
So what if it’s only your second date? It’s never too early to choose how your headstones will look side-by-side. Personally, I want a heart-shaped tombstone. Black marble. What can I say, I’m a Romantic ‘til death. And the font is very important – chic cursive for me, all that way, with an etching of a rose. A cemetery date would be great for Halloween. A walk through Forest Lawn is very picturesque, not to mention Rick James is buried there and I recently discovered a pond coated in cool green slime. You can decide where your side-by-side burial plots can be placed, too, and then listen to “Cemetery Gates” by The Smiths.
Edgar Allan Poe is said to have died from syphilis, probably due to the fact he married his first cousin, but the actual cause isn’t known. He was apparently murmuring the word “Reynolds” over and over when he appeared at the hospital. It could have been syphilis, alcoholism, rabies, or something else.
His first cousin/wife, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, died before him, even though they married when she was only 13 and he was 26. She had “the consumption,” but Poe’s extramarital “sexual improprieties” are said to have contributed to her early demise.
They’re buried together in Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, Baltimore, Maryland.
You may not view all this stuff as “Romantic,” and simply dismiss it as the stoned ramblings of an utter nitwit. That’s your decision. You can keep it PG, put on the old French maid costume and tickle your man with a feather duster again… That’s cool for Halloween, too.
The dark and the mysterious has always been sexy, and dare I say, Romantic. The brooding Romantic hero in an exotic setting has become a familiar plotline. A Happy Ending is what we crave, but sometimes, it’s the emotion and intrigue in between Happy Endings that makes the Happy Ending feel so good. The whole ‘Happily Ever After’ thing is for the birds.