When looking for love, most singles leave no stone unturned. There are more and more creative ways to meet men—speed dating, singles rock-climbing, Facebook—but while online dating has made placing personal ads de rigueur, blind dates still get a bad rap. While no one wants to listen to their dental hygienist's neighbor's son snort laugh through dinner, a thoughtful setup—done right—can get you a pleasant evening, and maybe the love of your life.
Many young, single people of faith are tired of soulless bars, meaningless speed dating events, and the manipulations of secular online dating. They know what they care about, and they feel they run the best chance of meeting their soul mates if they go to places where their souls are nourished.
Something odd happened last week when I went out with the Euro-cutie I met at speed dating. Let me paint a picture for you. It was one of those tropical June nights I lust for – warm enough to sashay around in a skimpy American Apparel dress (not the skin tight tube ones though; that's too much exposure for a first date). We'd been sitting at this Jazz lounge just a few blocks from my apartment since 8 pm, and at 11, our lively conversation still hadn't died down. I had to call it a night though because of an impending deadline so we split the check and headed out. Steady despite the three martinis I slurped down, I ambled along the sidewalk with him for a few seconds, aimlessly staring into the velvety, starless (good ol' city pollution) sky. Then I felt something touch my hand. Turns out, he had grabbed it. And was now holding it, pulling me just a little closer in the process. "So you're into the whole hand holding thing?" I asked, smirking a bit.
I went speed dating last week. The single professional gal going speed dating in the city, could I be more cliche? Truth be told, it was all in the name of investigative journalism. You may be laughing like "Yea right Rajul, you just wanted to get some fresh new tail for the summer games." Mock me if you must, but I was really looking forward to the stories I'd be able to tell about the freakshows/crazies I met. As usual, I was wrong and most of the guys I met were actually decent, smart and kind of funny. Well, this is what I could gage in the span of six minutes. It could all be just a script for them until they lured a woman back to their apartment where a cyanide-dipped napkin and three sharpened butcher knives awaited.
We’ll be the first to say that dating and interviewing are eerily similar. According to One News, IT companies in New Zealand have modeled the hiring process after the ever-popular speed-dating model (which they attribute to the U.S. Who knew?). Big-wigs set up tables and offered college seniors a chance to impress them—in two minutes. Both sides then filled out preference cards and waited for a “match.”
Some older folks are looking to get back into the dating game. But how? They need a safe and convenient place to do it. Where though? Yep, seniors speed dating. These oldsters are going to learn why some other oldster is awesome in 3 minutes or less.