It's a crazy thing. Finding someone interesting and doing whatever you can to impress them. Hoping for a fleeting chance of seeing them again. My mother accepted the fact that grandchildren are going to be a ways off about the time I wrote a fantasy novel. She renewed this belief when I started doing an audio podcast version of said novel a few months after the breakup. My dozens of listeners in China love me.
So I made changes in my diet, took up yoga and dropped more than 20 pounds. To use the vernacular of the time, it was time to get my groove back. Meeting people for me can be a challenge. I'm not in college anymore—I've got a political day job with unpredictable hours. So, how to meet people? If I enjoyed talking to a particular lady, I indicated that on a sheet. If she enjoyed talking to me, we were allowed to contact each other. In my quest to add folks to my roster of friends, I came across two great Lansing networking groups.
I met a lot of like-minded folks there and have cultivated some great friendships. Another group that started on Twitter is the Lansing Breakfast Club. It meets at a new location every Wednesday morning at 7 a. Both groups can be found on Facebook, and were started by Capital region young professionals who were hoping to connect with others in a casual environment. One of the great things about the Capital region is the number of entrepreneurs and creative types around.
These people help bring events to town, which are great places to meet people with similar interests. The university does help restock the dating pool, as quite a few MSU students tend to stick around after graduating or attend for grad school. Go Places Lansing is a great city for going on dates. There's tons of stuff to do.
One thing I always seem to forget is how expensive dating can be. Going out for sushi and martinis is fun—but it can add up. One benefit to being single since last January is that I paid off a credit card and treated myself to a solo vacation in the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island.
Dating in Lansing can be affordable as long as you pay attention. There are cheap things to do around town, like going to the Woldumar Nature Center for a picnic and a hike. East Lansing is very walkable, which is convenient. Downtown Lansing makes for a grand date location too, especially in the summer. Hit up a Lugnuts game for starters. Want a classy place for a dinner date? Try the Knight Cap. Grab drinks at The Exchange afterward and stick around for Skoryoke —karaoke with a live band.
You can follow ExchangeLansing on Twitter, for the latest specials. Old Town is another great place for a date. Preuss Pets is great for fish lovers; if the object of your affection is musically inclined, swing on by Elderly Instruments to try out a guitar or ukulele.
If you find yourself on the morning side of the date in Old Town, I'd suggest breakfast at Golden Harvest. You can rent rifles and pistols for the firing range or grab a bow for archery. It makes for a very unique date. As a beyond college-aged professional stampeding toward his thirties, I can tell you that meeting people in Lansing can be a challenge.
But the Capital region is a great place for a date. To receive Capital Gains free every week, click here. Hogan is a freelance writer and the creator of the Magic of Eyri Podcast. Follow Daniel on Twitter: He is a freelance photographer and owner of Trumpie Photography.