As in, I conveniently forgot their names.)Rewind two weeks: I'm hanging out with some girlfriends and one of them mentions how she saw a groupon-like deal for speed dating.
In my head, I said, "Wouldn't it be fun if we all did that?
She has been bringing together singles searching for love for almost a decade. Now in Our events tend to be a bit more relaxed, restrained, and sophisticated than your typical speed dating event.
Check out my interview with Anoush where she answers your most burning speed dating questions! The ladies sit for the duration of the evening, while the lads move from lovely lady to lovely lady every six to seven minutes.
In our cases that’s fine, but I did start to think about how inclusive and welcoming an environment it could be. That was one of the first things we realized during the pre-event process: These events cast a wide net – even our age range was between 24 and 38 – and there is no telling what kind of group you’ll wind up at your event.
My straight, white, cis, male social profile is the most common there is, so I found many potential matches at the event, but those looking for a “less common” social profile might find some of these events frustrating in their scope of potential partners.
As we don’t use whistles - our hosts gently tap the lads on the shoulder to let them know it is time to move on.
Dates write down whom they fancy and if they have a match - they get notified the next day with details.
Fast Forward to last night: My girlfriends and I show up to Xino in Santa Monica, dressed up, and ready to make snap judgments about the eligibility of strange men.
We were each assigned a number and given a card with three columns printed on it.
" Obviously, everyone agreed because we all bought them the very next day.
I vowed to go in with an open mind, and if I didn't come out of it with a date, I'd at least have a good story.
In any case, my results from Bumble, Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel have been mixed, at best.