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.
" 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.Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish Ha Torah, originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry.Speed Dating, as a single word, is a registered trademark of Aish Ha Torah.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.In column 1, you wrote the number of the guy you're dating, in column 2 his name, and in column 3, what you ranked him on scale from "Maybe, let's have one more drink" to "Never in a million years" (no joke, it said that on the scale).After mingling at the bar for a bit, we all sat down at a long table, where there was an empty chair next to each woman.I’ve never been the type of person who frequents the bar to meet people and that’s not changing anytime soon. I’ve tried online dating like so many others are inclined to do nowadays, but it has never really worked for me.So, when my friend, who has also tried the online thing, asked if I would be willing to go speed dating with her, I thought now was as good a time as any to mix it up.At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.