It’s the same thing I wore to work, which feels very Single Professional and therefore makes me proud.
The Girl in Charge greets me with a name tag and a slip of paper to write down everyone’s names.
He’s a native New Yorker, believe it or not, and his suit jacket tells me he probably works in finance (this assumption proves to be correct). ” The biggest epiphany I’m having is that I’m incredibly bad at marketing myself in this setting.
Now it's 10 seconds into Date One and I fear this was a terrible mistake. He looks at me expectantly as I clutch my $5 house white wine and take a sip.“I really love to... I’ve developed a habit of reporting on dating culture — the good, the bad, and the ugly of trying to navigate love in your 20s.
I showed up here with big expectations, curious about what speed dating is really like and hopeful I might at least meet someone intriguing. I enjoy that, too, sometimes.”I came here tonight with the hopes of meeting my next boyfriend. In truth, I came here hoping for a funny story, something I could joke about with my friends as I recalled the things I do to try to salvage my struggling love life.
The group behind us has moved on to belting out "I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan, a classic, and I comment that it’s an excellent karaoke song choice.
He asks me what my favorite Disney movie is, and the best thing I can think of is .
My date decides to take full advantage of our brief five-minute window together:“So, Sarah, why are you single? He’d be a writer full-time if he could, he says, but he’s really let his creative side go lately.
He works with the homeless and he’s a DJ on the side, but if he had the time he’d write a whole book about dreams.
At this point I’ve really embraced the “I love to eat” persona, and Date Six and I are thrilled to discover that we both enjoy Puerto Rican food.
He says he can hear my Southern accent, which I find terribly offensive, but he assures me that he doesn’t think it’s a bad thing. He’s somewhat of a regular at singles events, and he’s apparently quite comfortable in this setting.
He asks me if I’m into comedy, at which point we both quote John Mulaney’s famous sketch about getting lost in New York: go to more comedy shows and there are so many in the city and really it’s quite cheap if you know where to look.