Ultimate guide to Denton: Ages 23 to 25

Ultimate guide to Denton: Ages 23 to 25

Ultimate guide to Denton: Ages 23 to 25
August 08
14:50 2014
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INTRODUCING THE GUIDE:

Denton is known as a college town, and while many of the city’s residents should spend their time with their noses in textbooks, there are more than enough potential distractions. Here is a guide of things to do around Denton for those moments of procrastination or unexpected free time (but really, who has that?). And since the interests of an 18-year-old are quite different from someone in their mid-twenties, the guide is divided into handy age categories. Enjoy, and try not to have too much fun.

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By On The Record 

1. Go for a walk

There comes a time in every person’s life when your speedy metabolism begins to slow down because of copious amounts of junk food we stuff in our faces. While this is accelerated for folks who enjoy the occasional midnight run to Jack in the Box, even the healthiest of eaters eventually encounter this predicament. It’s a real struggle when you lose the ability to eat whatever you want without doing any sort of exercise, but hey, you’re not 18 anymore so you probably need to adapt to maintain that physique. So what am I actually suggesting?

Walking.

That’s right. Get off your butt and go for a stroll, because one of the neat things about Denton is how easy it is to navigate. Walking through the Square all the way to TWU is actually an interesting amble because of the small shops, interesting looking buildings and weirdos you might see along the way (sorry weirdos).

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Denton is a bike town, why should I walk?” Well when you’re riding on your two wheels (ahem, high horse) you’re probably going too fast to catch all of the tiny intricacies our art-ridden town has to offer. There are murals, street art and other objects to observe, so park that bike and saunter as slow as Vin Diesel’s dialogue in a “Fast and Furious” flick.

Just take it easy one day and check out the town. You probably could use the exercise.

2. Get thrifty and decorate

When you move out on your own for the first time, home décor is probably not a main concern. The first few years of college can be one living situation after another, especially for those transitioning from dorm rooms to apartments or houses. While lightweight, often easily disposable furniture is ideal for constant moving, there will come a time when you’ll want pieces you chose out of love, not just out of convenience.

Sofas, lamps and accent pillows can get pricey, but there’s no reason to break the bank. Denton has a variety of thrift and resale shops that sell furniture pieces and décor for less than chain stores. Many of these shops also benefit nonprofit organizations, like Ruth’s Room on Carroll Boulevard, which benefits the Habitat for Humanity of Denton County.

For some, the first few years as a ‘twenty something’ bring true independence in the form of an unfurnished living space that comes with an oven instead of a meal plan. It’s the first chance to create a personal sense of home. Why not fill your space with mismatched, floral-print easy chairs? Or a wooden dining table that precariously balances on just three legs? Finding strange, one-of-a-kind items is part of what makes thrifting fun, and you only need about $20 in your pocket (thanks for the tip, Macklemore).

3. Become a connoisseur 

Your 21st year of life in the U.S. is the first time you can legally drink alcohol. It’s the first time you can take advantage of cheap bar specials and get so wonderfully drunk that your friends have to carry you to the car before things turn ugly. Once you get that need for public drunkenness out of your system, you can use your drinking time a little more wisely.

Craft beer is gaining popularity all over the nation, and Denton has a notable craft beer scene. Several bars, including Oak Street and East Side Denton, specialize in a combination of local brews and imports. Now that you’re getting older and more sophisticated (HA), branch out and try a few new brews. Find out what IPA and IBU actually stand for. Learn to use words like “hoppy.” Spending time at the bar is probably already a hobby, so you might as well take it to the next level. Soon, you’ll have a beer belly to be proud of.

4. Adopt a Furr-ever Friend

Are you in your early 20s? Are you sometimes lonely at your house in need of a Netflix buddy that won’t make a peep and, at the same time, won’t flash you disgusted looks about what you’re watching? Maybe it’s time to swallow that sadness and adopt a pet.

Ignore your reservations about pets. Don’t follow your brain. Follow your heart. Before, you were immature, but your days of barhopping have dwindled lately and you often find yourself favoring the couch over the wooden benches at the Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor. Friend’s don’t understand your fixation with curling up on the couch while viewing crappy horror flicks, but a pet will (hopefully).

There are tons of breeders in the DFW area, but if you’re hoping to feel warm and fuzzy inside then head down to the local animal shelter and adopt an animal fella or gal. Whether you favor the independence of a feline or the friendliness of a bark machine, the Denton Animal Shelter houses both. So head to 300 S. Woodrow Lane and take a gander. Your future, like, for real this time, best friend awaits.

Feature Image: The furniture show room inside of Ruth’s Room located on Carroll Boulevard just before University Drive. Photo by Edward Balusek/Visuals Editor 

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