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Poetry On Odyssey: In Tandem

For the time we snuck around together

Jada
Jada
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Baby breathes in iambs unlike your soft spokenness

And I can feel your hand on the small of my back.

We won't kiss unless you say so.

I told you I giggle when I am nervous.

There are speed limits in hallways we walk

And I learned last night from a girl who is friends with one I know,

Girls can only take Plan B and go bowling twice in their lives.

Kiss me before you turn on the main road,

And ease up on the gas.

Baby, I read about a girl like me too young to touch, thinking of things too late.

I felt our distance when we walked.

I know I'm too hasty.

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Why You Should Stop Chasing Him

You deserve better.
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They say “the thrill of the chase" makes someone more enticing. There's just something about wanting something you can't have that drives you crazy (in a good way). There is never a dull moment. Pursuing him is a challenge. Nothing comes easily. What's the fun in that anyway?

I'm going to tell you this: stop chasing him. Stop forgiving him when he forgets to answer your text messages and phone calls. Stop being the one to always make plans. Stop letting him bail on you. Stop waiting around for him. Stop being lied to. Stop making excuses when he doesn't make time for you. There is a difference between someone who is “hard to get" and a flat out jerk who doesn't give you the time of day. Stop letting him use you.

You deserve to be with someone who makes you fall asleep every night in the middle of texting him because neither of you want the conversation to end. You deserve someone who plans dates for the two of you. You deserve someone who asks you to hang out before midnight. You deserve someone who wants to spend time with you just as much as you do with them. You deserve someone who insists on paying for your ice cream. You deserve someone who won't deceive you. You deserve someone who is straightforward. You deserve attention. You deserve affection. You deserve a partnership that is mutual, not one-sided. You deserve to be chased.

You are better than 3 a.m. “Hey" texts. You are better than a night spent watching a movie just to fool around. You are better than trying to decode his vague messages. You are better than his shadiness. You are better than mind games. You are better than being ignored.

If you have to chase him, he's not worth it. Don't settle for someone who makes you beg for his attention. If he is genuinely interested in getting to know you, he will put in the effort. A relationship where your feelings are reciprocated is far more rewarding than one where you constantly feel like you have to drag him along.

Change your mentality. Become more independent. Be confident, be bold. Find happiness in being alone. Don't waste your time pathetically chasing after someone who doesn't feel the same, but doesn't have the heart or the courage to tell you so. Your self-confidence and positivity will make you radiant, and eventually, you will attract the kind of guy who is mature enough to not mess with your head.

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The 5 Best Outdoor Date Ideas Around Gainesville For You And Your Significant Other

Dating in a college town doesn't have to be only dinner and a movie; check out these unique ways to impress your date and explore Gainesville outside.

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If you're tired of the typical dates in Gainesville, dinners at chain restaurants, movies, and drinks, you may be interested in some of the most adventurous or serene outdoor places to go on a date in Gainesville. You don't have to break the bank to enjoy a fun day outside with that special someone.

1. Farmer's Markets

Photo via the Haile Farmer's Market Webite

Visit a variety of farmers markets in Gainesville and try something new to eat:

Union Street Farmers Market is available to visit every Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in Downtown Gainesville. Shop with your date for local artisan foods and see what the vendors have to offer in terms of arts and home.

Visit The Haile Farmer's Market on Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. It is a bit farther away, but features over 50 registered vendors in the areas of meats, dairy, produce, crafts, baked goods, and non-profits.

The Alachua County Farmer's Market is also open from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturdays, rain or shine. They suggest bringing small bills to pick up the freshest produce before they sell out. Their website lists the in-season produce like beets, cabbage, carrots, kale, lettuce, and strawberries. Yum!

2. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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You and your date will be able to stroll along with the one and a half mile pathway in the beautiful gardens and view a variety of native plants and insects. Tickets are only $10 per person for this experience into the stunning views of one of Gainesville's most beautiful areas and bountiful photo opportunities. The gardens also contain a small gift shop for mementos.

3. Depot Park

Image via Depot Park Website

Depot Park is an excellent low-cost location to enjoy a more relaxed day with your special someone. Get more intimate with a picnic in the pavilion or stroll through Depot Park's many waterfront paths. According to their website, the southern half of Depot Park is a conservation area containing wildlife and plants, a wonderful opportunity to scout out some of Gainesville's local ecosystems.

4. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Photo by Florida State Parks

This is the perfect location to disconnect from your phone for an hour and a half as you float down the current of the Ichetucknee River. Scout out wildlife such as turtles, fish, and manatee and enjoy your flat either in single or double tubes, which are available to rent inside or just outside the state park. This state park is only $6 a vehicle and space to store your keys while you float is available for purchase as well.

5. Downtown Gainesville

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Downtown provides a variety of activities for you and your date that are outside of the box. Sit outside at a variety of restaurant choices and enjoy the eclectic area known as Gainesville's Downtown. Enjoy some food, whether it be Boca Fiesta, Liquid Ginger, The Top, or more. Downtown also has a variety of art galleries and music shops to stop by, which makes it an excellent location to explore new interests with someone.

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