We all have our weird little moments where we brush our teeth in the shower or end up drinking half cup of cold tea because your thirsty. There are plenty more. Photography is the same because you want to be different and stand out from the rest. Yes you maybe weird and people won't like your work as a photographer. But at least you are different used your mind and in the end the important thing is its your inspiration that makes that final image.
For Maria's date, she wants to have a paint fight! She wants to do something that won't create a tense environment, and won't be too romantic too quickly. After all, they don't really know each other yet. The romance can come later.