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Date: 2003-01-22 11:34
Subject: Speed Dating report
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Ok, so I tried the 610 date thing here. The premise is you meet 10 different people for 6 minutes each and you both have a card. After the short chat, if you think you'd like to go out with the person, you check their name on your 'dance card' and if they check your name on their card then the organizers give send you each other's contact information (e-mail, phone number, or both if you provided both).

Now for the details. I had a good time, although it was definitely a surreal experience. I showed up a few minutes early as requested and mingled a bit.
The hostess lady was real nice and they seemed pretty organized. I believe her name was Tabitha. She looked like Emma Caulfield (Anya from Buffy TvS) and sounded like Karen from Will and Grace. I only got 8 sessions that night as a few girls didn't show and the cards were pre-arranged. It started a bit late as we were waiting for the no-shows.
Now for the real dirt.

The women were very nice, from the 8 I met, I marked about 6 as people I wouldn't mind trying a second date with. The two I passed on weren't bad, we just didn't hit it off. There was one really nice catch, a red-headed doctor who was sweet and bubbly. You know, the one who is the belle of the ball and get surrounded by suitors. Same deal here, and so I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to her one on one without having to feel like I was on the Bachelorette vying for attention. None of the women were ugly (although I have a much more liberal defination of beauty than most) or horrible. The worst of the lot was a Nancy Kerrigan looking girl who didn't talk much.

And since I've got a request for info, here's my take on the guys. There were about 12 of us, as a whole we were a pretty nice group. Young professionals like myself seemed to make up the group, and for the most part most were better looking than myself. The guys that stood out as were one Leisure Suit Larry who latched onto a poor girl while we waited in the beginning and didn't know when to quit, there was one large Samoan looking guy who probably wasn't many womens cup of tea, one player who worked the room like a pro, and a nice guy that only had one arm.

On the two women I didn't click with, 6 minutes seemed just about right. For the others a few more minutes would have been nice. Even a small-talk gimp like myself can talk for 6 minutes if your date was a mute, and one girl was very quiet.

Now the businessman in me sees a great opportunity here. This was super easy to run for the organizers (only 2 were there), and they made a good bit of change for a night of work. Minimal advertising and the room rental being their only overhead I imagine at around $45 dollars a pop they made around 700 dollars. Not too shabby.
I need to see if they have somebody operating in Austin. If not, I might start this there or in College Station.

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User: jessdomestic
Date: 2003-01-22 10:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sounds like you had a great time! I'm so tempted -- but, alas, I'm not 25. :(

Did most of the guys there have your same "liberal" sense of beauty? If so, then I might have a chance at one of these events. Or if the ability to carry on an intelligent conversation improves one's odds -- gosh, I might actually be a semi-hot commodity. I may not be every guy's dream, but I sure know how to talk. :)

Really, I'm joking. Speed dating would be a great experience, and I'd possibly do it now that you've related it's safe. But I'm going to allow myself to get desperate first -- like, three years from now when I'm 25...finally.

Glad you had a good experience! Are you going to post another entry when you hear back from your mutual matches?
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User: mcclintock
Date: 2003-01-24 07:21 (UTC)
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Well, I just got my matches back. Only one girl I marked out of 6 matched by marking me. I'm kinda bummed about that, but I did mention that the competition was better looking than me. Based on this I'm guessing you need more than sparkling conversation to match up, or maybe the girls are more choosy than I was. Anyway, I have a first date with a non-speed dating girl tommorrow at the Museum that I'm looking forward to, and I have to arrange something with my match.
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User: jessdomestic
Date: 2003-01-24 08:20 (UTC)
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Don't be bummed...a 16.667% rate of return isn't bad. Especially for just a few hours' worth of effort!

Besides, who would want to spend more than six minutes with someone that bases their first impressions solely on looks?

Good luck on your non-speeding date! To which museum are you taking her? And, of course, good luck with the speeding one as well. :)

All these tales of dating are making me wish I hadn't resolved to give it up.
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