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It was beginning to dawn on him that this was a night of intensive small talk. But we had arrived and there was no point backing out. Walking in, to our relief, there was a real mix of people, and to our relief you got a free glass of champagne to calm any nerves. We sat down and registered. My old married name was on the list due to its being connected to my PayPal account. The instructions were simple. All the women sat at a table, and the men moved from table to table every time a whistle was blown.
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You got a sheet to make notes about each person, and had to tick yes or no regarding seeing them again. The most striking thing about the whole process was the sheer amount of bilge you can cover with someone you have never met before — in three minutes.
Wow, just three minutes to reach that conclusion; speed dating is efficient! By date 21 I was fully dated out. En route, I drove by a great Mexican restaurant. At one point I got stuck behind a slow truck hauling a huge trailer of chairs.
Speed dating: the Happy Meal of romance?
I had to check myself: No, I had no expectations. Then I realized what it was: I was being protective of my time and my space. I have been single for so long, and in that time I have been incredibly picky about how I spend every one of my moments. But it was time to let go.
It was time to realize that I have never truly known if all that control I was exerting was empowering or stifling. Oh, the power of social media.
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And the regret of proclaiming something online when you should keep your social media mouth shut. I finally braved the downtown crowd and got there. It was at a small but hip hotel bar. I could give you a play-by-play of what happened from there, but why do that when I can skip around and tell you what you really want to know? Did I meet the love of my life? I work in statistics, and knew the probability of that happening would be slim to none. I actually asked another female participant if she expected to meet the love her life. She was petite and in her early 40s; she wore jeans, no makeup, and had short salt-and-pepper hair.
I am done chasing ghosts. Did I have stiff competition? I honestly have no idea. What I do know is that the few women I met were delightful. Friendly, at ease, genuine.
I Went Speed Dating, And It Didn’t Suck
What were the men like? They were the guys who, in most social situations, might watch rather than participate. They might get overlooked for men with more bravado and better physiques. This all made them more interesting to me. They had regular jobs — in real estate, in business, at a bank, etc.
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They wore regular clothes — one guy had stitched jeans very , one wore a convincing fake leather jacket yes, I touched it , some wore blazers, one a full suit he came straight from work. One was really tall. One was really short. They talked about regular things — hobbies, their jobs, where they grew up. Everyone was lovely and it was great to have an opportunity to meet common spirits who share similar values. It was a great experience and I would do it again.
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Not competitive or rushed. I would definitely attend another event.
It was way less awkward than I thought it would be. This was so much fun!
Thank you so much! It is so hard to find other vegan love interests! I had a lot of fun! I genuinely liked every person I met, both guys and girls! Thank you for putting on this event! The host was awesome, covered all the information we needed to know when we needed to know it, the venue staff were amazing.