A couple of my single girlfriends and I were chatting about our current dating situations (I mean, #standardgirltalk) and it went a little something like this:
E: I mean,yeah, he tried to compliment me by telling me I was like a flower. I then gave him a confused look and he followed up with, “I mean, you’re like a big flower.” What I think he meant was that I had a great personality. That’s what I’m getting from that.
C: Well, the last date I went on, I asked the guy, “So, what do you like to do for fun?” He told me that his hobby is to practice consciousness. That’s when I knew he was not the one.
A: Oh, well, the last guy I dated didn’t want kids so I told him we weren’t going to work out. He then sent me a YouTube video on fertility myths which explained how women can have kids in their 40’s and that I don’t need to be in a rush.
……………y’all I cannot make this stuff up.
That’s when we all looked at each other and decided, we need a new game plan. You see, online dating was our only source of securing dates. All three of us are teachers which leaves our chances of meeting someone extremely slim. We all work insane hours from 6:45am-6:30/7:00pm at night, which leaves time to go to the gym (if I’m super on it!), eat dinner, shower and be in bed by 9:30pm. You can BET we are not socializing during the weekday and when it comes to meeting men at our work places….well…let’s just say there aren’t many options.
So, naturally, the next available option was speed dating. Our fearless leader, E, found an extremely reputable website called NY Minute Dating and soon enough, we were signed up for what could be the best or worst night of our lives.
Unbeknownst to us, this was not just any speed dating event. This is what they called a Mega speed dating event.
3 minutes each.
2 hours and 30 minutes.
After about 5 rounds, the conversations became so painfully routine. Unfortunately, we soon realized that we were not out to meet the one here. There were so many men at this event that there weren’t enough women for each round, so many of them just lined up against the wall waiting for their turn.
I could feel their gaze as I engaged in some of the most awkward and uncomfortable 3 minutes of my life. Many of these men were well-intentioned but lacked the social skills and social cues for basic conversation. Some were so nervous they were visibly shaking. Some memorized lines as if they were about to propose in the moment. And some, let’s just say, thought they were auditioning for the Bachelorette, ready for their 15 minutes of fame. (I kid you not, there was a man who was campaigning to be a senator in 12 years–he was decked out in American flag print, from his tie, to his socks, to this handkerchief. Y’all, I’m talking quality men right here.)
We all sat next to each other and at some point, the men started to pick up that we knew each other. Our line became: “Welcome to the best 9 minutes of your life.” 😂
Needless to say, we all walked away with no new phone numbers and were so exhausted from having small talk 50 times for 2.5 hours.
I think the idea of speed dating is great in theory, so long as the quality of men could have been somehow vetted. Regardless, it was an experience that was entertaining to say the least, and at the very least, I got some blog content. (Kidding…sort of).
The search for the one continues and until then, I’ll be rompin’ (see outfit below) around NYC, hoping I’ll bump into the man of my dreams on the train. (If only it was that easy.)
What I’m wearing:
- Old Navy Floral Romper
- Not sold anymore (Sorry!) but here’s a similar one on sale for $21!
- Me Too Marsel Sandal
- On sale for $39.98
- Gap Jean jacket, similar here
- This is a men’s jacket I found in stores on sale for $29.99
- 10% for Gap cardholders