My friend Shannon, of the singles bowling league and online dating story fame, is back to let us know first-hand how this speed-dating gig goes--and when a gal should not participate.
Last winter, I tried something I never thought I would try…speed dating.
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If reading that just now made your heart race and your face go pale with terror, fret not, my friend.
And if you like the person, that’s the goal, isn’t it? Who has time to meet people, much less find someone you’re interested in dating? While the idea of a first date is nerve-wracking enough, how does the idea of 10 to 15 first dates in one night sound?
It happened to be a night that the Chicago Bulls were playing the Miami Heat in the playoffs.
That meant that despite having pre-paid, all 15 people who had signed up had decided to sit this one out…everyone except for the three of us.
Date and Dash is a speed-dating group that originated in Chicago and spread throughout major U. Speed dating allows you to skip the excruciating hit-or-miss first date experience, there’s no embarrassing rejections or silly mind games.
Just low-to-no pressure conversations and lots of possibilities.
For gay people, New York City offers many speed dating options, with more (and more compartmentalized) choices arriving all the time.
In September 2010, Los Angeles group LA Lords sold out both sessions of its first foray into the New York gay speed dating market, and in November, the LGBT Community Center hosted its first Lesbians of Color Speed Dating night.
I blame it on one of those daily email coupons which offered a significant discount to any number of Date and Dash singles events in the city.
Two friends and I gathered our metaphorical balls and took them to Aja Lounge in the Dana Hotel for a night of speed dating, hosted by Dateand
“It was Valentine’s Day, I was single, it sounded like something that was worth a shot,” said Alexandra Katzman, about why she decided to try a matchmaking service.