here is a short article from menshealth.com about the benefits of rowing as opposed to using a treadmill.
this for the machine, however. hope this helps.
dude it wouldnt hurt to swing by nordstrom rack in towson town center or the discount stores in arundel mills to check some blazers out.
if this is the first nice dinner you are going to with your GF, i agree with reborn and think you should go with a blazer.