The Steamy Side of Round Rock
For once, it’s not Austin that makes it onto an arbitrary list-slash-publicity stunt, but Austin’s dorky little brother, Round Rock. The online book retailer Amazon has compiled a list of the most romantic cities in America. The Round Rock romantics made it onto slot #12 (Frisco, a satellite city of Dallas, is the only other Texas city to make the list). Now, before everyone gets jealous of Round Rock’s romance, we should point out that the list is based on the per capita purchase of romance novels and relationship books, romantic comedy movies, Barry White albums and sexual wellness products. Call me a cynic, but all those products seem like a substitute for romance, rather than an indication of an untapped reservoir of romantics.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot to be said for the romance of Round Rock. For instance, did you know that Round Rock is named after an actual round rock?
As rocks go, the round rock is pretty dang romantic. Should you find yourself outdoors in Round Rock with a significant other, you should take them down to the river with a bottle of wine and some cheese, wade out to the round rock, and enjoy a romantic round rock picnic.
There’s also the Ikea out in Round Rock. Romance knows no greater height than semi-disposable Swedish furniture and Swedish food served buffet-style. Maybe it’s not the best first date, but if you’re co-habitating, learning the Swedish word for “end table” with your beloved will convince you that Round Rock is the most romantic place on earth. Or at least #12.