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Once you’ve hit your 40s and beyond, you kind of know what works for you and what doesn’t.If you do a good job describing yourself and painting a picture of what it feels like to be in a relationship with you, it will attract the right men and repel the wrong ones.
So I can see where the speed dating concept kind of brings the two worlds together.
It has all the plus sides of internet dating – the chance to meet a lot of people in one go, the security of (hopefully) knowing they’re all single and looking – but with the added bonus that you’re meeting in person right away.
At the end of the event, we were all to turn our papers in with the numbers of those we wanted to see again circled, and the organisers email any couple who circled each other with their respective contact details.
I didn’t circle anyone, but my friend got a match and texted the guy last week.
“Speed” and “dating” are two words most guaranteed to strike terror and loathing into the heart of the singleton, so I’ll admit it was with something of a heavy heart that I headed to Enkel bar in the Hilton Slussen to take part in a speedd8event. Just before it all kicked off, I got the chance to chat a little with the organiser, Daniel.
Daniel launched the events in August 2012, after he and a friend came up with the idea while travelling in South America.
For the uninitiated, the way the event works is that everyone (ideally twenty men and twenty women, though it doesn’t always work out that way – more on that in a moment) is assigned a number. I’d dragged a friend along for moral support, and she was a bit quicker off the mark than I to scope out where her assigned table was.
It’s an effective way to conduct twenty dates in a couple of hours, though there is a little bit of a musical chairs feel to it all. It was near one of the bar’s speakers and she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to hear well, so I offered to swap numbers with her.
What I didn’t realize, was that “near one of the bar’s speakers” was also “at the very edge of the area reserved for the event”.
This was particularly fun, as it turned out that three men didn’t show up, meaning that each woman had to sit alone for three of the dates – and muggins here had to do so facing the curious stares of all the other bar patrons.
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