I have a date tonight. That’s right, instead of coming home after work, throwing on some comfortable clothes and sizzling up some supper, I’m going to stay in my work duds and go out to dinner tonight with someone special.

That would be Earl, by the way.

He’s out of town in the thriving metropolis of Schenectady for the overnight, and since it’s a reasonable drive to get there, I’m going to join him for dinner tonight. He’s been talking about a restaurant that he’s wanted to take me to for a while now, and since I’m getting out of work at 4:00 p.m., I can make it there and back with plenty of time to sleep tonight.

I know it’s easier for some than for others, but I think it’s important for couples to set aside some quality time, away from the computer, away from the Blackberry and away from the household concerns that sometimes consume our relationships. It’s good for people in love to get together just for the sake of getting together and enjoying some quality time. Whether you’ve been together for a month or a decade, togetherness is always good.

I’ll just have to remember that it’s a date tonight and that I need to refrain from putting my sleeves in whatever sauce is on my plate or licking the salad dressing off my elbows.