Win a Date with nikkos! (and Tony Bennett)

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My Mom and her boyfriend are hosting a group of folks to see Tony Bennett at Ravinia on Friday Aug. 19, something we do every year. She gave me an extra ticket with the instructions to

29 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 8:30 am

    I love how it’s “…and tony bennett”

  2. Bill V (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 8:51 am

    Would Tony be in-between us during the date, or on the side?

  3. Jenn (Orlando Metblogger) (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 8:52 am

    While cruising the Metblog’s this morning. I happen to come across this. Very cute!! Neat idea. Hope you have a great date and meet someone new. :0)

  4. Sheleen, Nikkos' Mom (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    I hope this doesn’t embarass Nick but I think the women of Chicago should know a little more about him before entering the contest. Who better than his Mom to tell you about him! Right? Of course I am somewhat biased, but here goes:

    Nick is a warm, charming, smart, fun and interesting man. He is very attractive, great blue eyes, works out reguarly and is pretty buff! He has a wide variety of interests including politcs, camping/exploring, biking,golf, music: listening, writing and performing. He has great friends. He is a wonderful son and has great respect for women. He is a super cook and throws great parties. I have seen him with some great women over the years and have seen him be very attentive, romantic. You’ll have a great time with him and us at Ravinia. And Tony will be happy to meet you too. Well, that’s enough from me. Let’s go, women of Chicago,let’s see some creative effort.

  5. nikkos (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 11:31 am

    Thanks for the endorsement Mom!

  6. Chest Rockwell (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 11:48 am

    Since when are you into golf, dude?

  7. nikkos (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 11:52 am

    Since Capt. S. Johnson gave me a set of clubs. I suck!

  8. steven (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

    Way to go, Nikkos’ Mom! That’s awesome…

  9. rmk (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 4:21 pm

    My first bit of dating advice was going to be ‘Don’t be so pompous as to hold a contest to WIN a date with you.’ Sure, confidence is great, but no girl wants to help a guy maintain that kind of an ego.

    Also, I’m not sure how much of a catch you are. I want some statistics. Why should I expend my efforts to win a date with you. Who’s to say you really wouldn’t be the winner in this scenario? In fact, if one takes this too seriously, which I’m about to do here, you are almost putting down the woman before you even go out with her. Like you wouldn’t date her under normal circumstances… she has to WIN a date with you. But maybe that

  10. Diana (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    Jeez, RMK. It’s a free ticket to a Ravinia concert, not a commitment to marry the guy.

  11. rmk (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 4:45 pm

    I would hope he isn’t looking for a wife by holding a silly contest, but stranger things have happened.

    But, jeez, Diana, thanks for pointing that out. Golly winkers, I just hadn’t thought of it like that.

    My post was meant to be somewhat jaded, dark yet humorous. And gave me something to do late in the day on a Friday to entertain myself besides play online sudoku. Obviously, you can’t see me typing with a smile on my face. I guess I will keep my sense of humor to myself and go back to the sudoku.

  12. tom (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 5:40 pm

    this comment thread just got really entertaining.

  13. steven (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 7:32 am


  14. sheleen (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Note to RMK:

    I knew you were smiling while you wrote your first entry. It was clever and fun! I got it!! This is a blog, isn’t a sense of humor a critical elemnt in all of this?

    Anyway, I just had to chime in! Got to go to a meeting!

    Have a great week!

    Nick’s Mom

  15. nikkos (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 10:07 am

    Now my Mom is offering blogging advice. Is she one hip lady or what?

    To RMK: Thanks for your rant/rave. The crazy thing is that right now, you’re in the lead! (Although I was disappointed to discover that in a head-to-head matchup against sudoku, I lost badly. Ouch.)

    To Diana: You are correct. Marriage is not my secrect motive. Not by a long shot.

    To Tom: You are the cooler.

  16. EJ (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 10:28 am

    Nikkos is a CATCH. I’ve known him for 10 years (since freshman year in college), seen him in various relationships and situations. He does treat women like gold… and is passionate about so many things. He’s not one of those guys that has to sit and watch “the game” or is lacking in skills, hobbies, or opinions!

    Just got back from an overnight canoe trip with him and some friend and was he the mountain man! Cooking up dinner and breakfast for us all…. he is the opitome of a Gemini….a renaissance man at heart. The lady for him needs to have a sharp whit, a love of the outdoors, and an independent spirit. Don’t be shy ladies… step up! (oh and his mom is also cool as hell) – ooh yeah, he can dance and has a killer music collection and singing voice/guitar skillz. hmmm… damn, why aren’t I dating nikkos? hehehehe

  17. K. (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 11:04 am

    Although I am sadly ineligible to participate in this contest, I submit the following advice, in light of the above descriptions of Nikkos:

    if you take a girl camping and fall out of your canoe, into the icky, stinky lake, please-god-don’t-ever proceed to crawl into HER sleeping bag to nap while you dry off. The smell will never go away, and while she will remember you as she is washing the sleeping bag fifty times, as she is stuffing the sleeping bag into the garbage, and as she is shopping for a new sleeping bag, the memory will not be a fond one.

    Just sayin’.

  18. rmk (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 11:43 am

    Sheleen: your advice and hip-ness are noted. You are too sweet. And, I might be easily impressed, but the fact that you can turn on your computer and know what a blog is

  19. nikkos (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 12:48 pm

    Thanks EJ! Your check’s in the mail!

  20. Katie (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 2:28 pm

    Here goes nothing as far as dating advice:

    Do’s – be yourself (I know this is super cliche, but it’s SO important), relax, expect to have a good time, smile, be polite and gentlemanly, have something to talk about

    Don’ts – whine/pout if everything doesn’t go exactly how you wanted, use excessive inappropriate language, condescend, drink too much

    Please-god-don’t-ever: answer your cell phone in the middle of a conversation (barring emergencies), ignore your date completely, consider it a conversation to make fun of strangers

    That’s basically the summation of some of the best/worst first dates I’ve ever had. What are your best/worst first date stories?

  21. K. (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    That’s an excellent point on cell phones Katie, but even if you’re NOT in the middle of a conversation? SO rude! That’s a definite NO.

  22. nikkos (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 3:58 pm


    Thanks for the advice!

    And I see you’ve turned the tables: my worst dates? Of course, getting stood up has happened to everyone. But the worst was before the date ever happened: met online, chatted and made plans, as the date approached, she mentioned, ever so casually, that she was married. I gracefully extricated myself from that one pretty darn quick.

  23. AIMEE (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 10:44 am

    Some basic advice:

    1. Be nice. To everyone. This is a basic lesson of life, but people can forget this on dates. I’m talking about the dude who Threw His Tip at the valet guy (in quarters) just because the valet guy brought the wrong car. I’m also talking about the guy who talks on his cell phone when he’s on a date – and when the waitress is waiting to take his order. I am also talking about the guy who talked very slowly and condescendingly to the cab driver. You know who I’m talking about.

    2. Handle the unexpected with grace. If you accidentally spill wine on the front of your pants, don’t cry about how everyone’s going to notice. Don’t act like you want to go home and change. Blot the excess with a napkin (maybe she’ll help, hello!) and focus on good thoughts.

    3. Listen at least as much as you talk. And I mean really listen. It’s not just polite, it helps you figure out if you want to even see the person again.

    Okay, that’s just a start.

    My worst date: where do I start? I once went out with a guy who’d lived in Chicago for THREE YEARS and never ventured out of Bucktown. Another guy almost got into a fight with my male friend because this male friend Touched The Back of My Head when he hugged me. Another guy freaked out because my arm brushed against his helmet hard hair. Another guy told me he got his scraped knee from attempting some dope skateboarding trick, but when I got to know him, he didn’t skateboard at all and his friend told me he got the knee from falling down the stairs drunk. Speaking of drunk, I went to a wine bar with a guy once and on our way to the next place, he passed out in my car. I should have pushed him onto the curb.

    Don’t do any of those things.

  24. AIMEE (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 10:47 am

    I should add that I’m not eligible for the contest – getting married in September. But as Nikkos knows, I’ve had *some* dating experience, and I always like to share.

    Some stuff on Nikkos: I’ve known him for over five years (dang!) and everything EJ says is true. He’s a darling! Cute, funny, hella smart and can sing his ass off. He writes poetic smart lyrics and plays the guitar too! He’s just yummy.

  25. geekgirl397 (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 2:21 pm

    Another testimonial on the exceptional quality of Nikkos as a potential date – I’m his neighbor (yes, the one that also had their grill stolen) – and I would like to confirm that Nikkos is handsome, witty, clever, funny, cool, talented in many different ways (as a musician, outdoorsman, conversationalist, unpaid mover …). In fact, if I wasn’t already married I might be trying to win this competition myself. (Sorry Doug – but can you blame me?)

    One of my most enduring memories will forever be Nikko’s fireside rendition of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” bluegrass style …

    so step it up ladies – this definitely a date worth winning!

  26. nikkos (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 3:11 pm

    Thanks geek girl!

    Well, I guess if this dating this doesn’t work out, I can always be an on-the-side boy toy for all my girlfriends that are already spoken for. I can live with that.

  27. Linds (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

    My dating advice… take a chance, we don’t get that many or maybe take that many. Ladies, this is your golden opportunity to have a fun and memorable evening with a sweet, thoughtful and truly fun guy! …from a good friend!

  28. Chest Rockwell (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 5:27 pm

    For all these chicas recommending Nikkos, don’t y’all have some friends to send to this blog? WTF.

  29. Ernie Ball (unregistered) on August 6th, 2005 @ 10:51 am

    My dating advice: When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. That’s Amore.

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