My friend Kara needed to kick-start her love life. God love her… she signed up for Speed Dating. Personally I’d rather pimp myself on a street corner then sit with strangers for 8 loooong minutes – but she wanted to give it a try… she just didn’t want to do it alone. I agreed to go for moral support.
Kara signed up for the 30 – 40 age group. She didn’t get confirmation until the day before the event – apparently they often have too many women & not enough men (shocker) so events get cancelled when they don’t get enough participants.
Speed Dating took place late on a Sunday afternoon which was good because the bar was empty. Seriously, who wants to speed date with a bunch of strangers gawking? We showed up and had a drink during the “mix & mingle” before the Event Organizer (EO) got things started. She explained the rules: speed daters would have eight, 8-minute dates, when the bell rang, the guys would go to the next table on their list. I wished her luck & she headed to her table. I stayed at the bar & got chummy with the EO and others who’d gone to support their speed dating friends. Oh ya, some of those “8 minute” dates easily lasted 15 minutes… probably because the EO got tipsy as the afternoon wore on.
So who was there? Well, it was definitely a motley crew. My friend was by far the cutest girl. Of the 12 dudes, one looked decent, the others? Ya… not so much. One guy was 60+ years old. The EO said they have no way to verify ages, they use the honor system. This guy was NOT being honest.
With only 8 dates and 12 men / women, every girl didn’t meet every guy. My super cute friend wasn’t even scheduled to talk to Decent Guy – in fact, her last date was supposed to be Old Guy. I couldn’t let that happen, I asked the EO to change the schedule & BOOM, they DID get to meet.
Kara & Decent Guy’s exchanged numbers, they went out a few times… it wasn’t a match. But as we drove off, I DID notice a few of the daters had paired up & were chatting. It was sweet. So what if they weren’t the prettiest bunch, I believe there is someone for everyone. I like to think somewhere in that little crowd of weirdos… a love connection was made.