The 8 Minute Dating Experiment.

MissC had written about her speed dating experiences not too long ago.  It's something that I've been trying to do for a while now but for some reason or other it's just never happened.  Speed dating was quite the fad and wildly popular around these parts not so long ago.  While this dating mechanism isn't as popular as it once was, it still draws in a large number of people and there are a number of organizations that still put speed dating events together.  That said, I'm attending one today… How does one prepare for the occassion?Well, I'm not entirely sure how one prepares, but in talking with my partner in crime, Mr. Smythe he thought best to think of some questions to ask:

Are you a Republican?
Do you have sex on the first date?
Do you mind guest stars in bed?

After a few more of these I felt the need to think of other ways to prepare.  I came up with the following points of preparedness:

  1. Know the code – The dress code, that is.  Dress appropriately for the occasion.  Don't be this guy. Avoid the following apparel: Singlets, Onesies, the Mankini, 90% nudity, overly flowy/baggy clothes, apparel that has inappropriate phrases printed on it.
  2. Have some questions in mind – Sure, the questions posed above are pretty bad ones to ask, unless you like getting slapped in the face.  Think about what's important to you and what you want in a person and ask questions to determine if your speed date possesses those traits.  Ask them if they are active, if they like movies or reading or kicking puppies.  Have five to ten questions listed out.
  3. Know the rules – Speed dating is set up to be a convenient sort of venue, but also one that allows for some level of anonymity.  That is, many times speed dating events provide a method, after the event, to let daters know if any of their dates found them interesting.  Sometimes it is poor form to ask for contact information at the venue of your speed date experience.
  4. You get one chance to make a first impression, not eight – Sure, you've got multiple dates lined up, but don't be a weirdo or a creeper.  Just be yourself… that is, unless you're a weirdo or a creeper.

In any case, I expect that this is going to be a fun event based off of what Miss C. had to say about the whole thing.  I just have to refrain from telling stories of my weird sensibilities and also refrain from doing my Beavis and Butthead impersonations and I should be fine… In theory.

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  1. How'd it go? It was not a success when I did it a few years back, but it was an experience. Which company did you go through? I think I used HurryDate, and it was in Costa Mesa.

  2. It went well, I think. It was a lot of fun. I'll be posting more details on how it all went this week. Apparently discussion of prison stints = unpopular choice of convo. Just sayin'.

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