iPhone apps to distract your partner from TV sports

Oct 3, 2011
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With the fall sports season in full swing, your significant other can be found in one of two places – planted on the couch staring at a television screen, or planted on a bar stool staring at a television screen. And while we know you are eager to be a loyal girlfriend/wife and show your […]

With the fall sports season in full swing, your significant other can be found in one of two places – planted on the couch staring at a television screen, or planted on a bar stool staring at a television screen. And while we know you are eager to be a loyal girlfriend/wife and show your passion for his teams, there is a limit to the number of football games that a girl can absorb.

So before your brain rots, or your eyes go blurry, check out these iPhone applications and suggest a few alternatives. If the man complains, remind him he can catch the highlight reels at 11 p.m.

Nothing will counteract hours of inactivity (no, lifting Doritos to your lips does not count as exercise) like a brisk hike. The free EveryTrail app will provide you with a bevy of activities on local trails including walking, biking and star gazing. A built-in GPS feature will keep you from getting lost, and trail details include length, difficulty, and so on. You can track and save outings, in case you would like to repeat ome in the future.

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The cooling weather means that it’s time to seal up the barbeque and move your cooking indoors. The seemingly limitless number of cooking apps available are enough to draw anyone into the kitchen. We like the Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazine app (free) to meet your daily dietary needs – with 3,600 recipes there is no way you can get bored. If your significant other is intimidated, have him tryout the Easy Cooking for Men app. It will appeal to his taste buds and his skill level, despite the $7.99 price tag.

There is no more beautiful time of year for a road trip than fall. Colorful foliage is enough to make even a die-hard fan forget about the game (at least for a minute or two). The free AAA TripTik app is a great investment for any trip, even if it’s just a weekend jaunt to the in-laws. It includes an interactive map with lodging and dining options, as well as gas stations and mechanic shops. If you are loath to overspend on gas, then check out the Gas Buddy app which is also free. It allows you to shop gas near to you by price without ever turning on the engine.

A little rock’n’roll is always good for the soul, and the free Local Concerts iPhone app is a great source for the latest and greatest on live shows. Users can search for concerts by venue, date and artist. The app can be personalized via your iTunes account, ensuring that your favorite bands never pass through town without you knowing about it. If anything can pull your partner away from the Notre Dame game, it’s got to be Kings of Leon or Adele.

An outing doesn’t always have to be fancy, it just needs to break up the routine. And sometimes an old fashioned movie date will do the trick. The Fandango app (free) lists all the movies currently playing in theaters, as well as theater locations and the option to purchase the tickets online. You pick the snacks, let him pick the movie.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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