Share via Email Speed dating: The frustration of being ignored after what seemed like another promising date had led us to take action and look at new ways of meeting people. The Manchester based dating blogger Cubic Garden had mentioned to me that he had more success meeting suitable dates speed dating than he had internet dating. So we figured it was worth putting any preconceptions to one side and giving it a go. There are a couple of regular speed dating nights on in Manchester , each running nights in different venues on different days of the week.
We needed to find a night where we both fitted into the same age bracket, which happened to be Elite Speed Dating, which runs on Saturdays at the Circle club.
When I mentioned I was going to my friend Alison, she told me about a lesbian speed-dating night her ex-girlfriend had put on a few years back. On the way to the club, Dan was also growing increasingly conscious of what to ask when it came to opening questions. It was beginning to dawn on him that this was a night of intensive small talk. But we had arrived and there was no point backing out.
Walking in, to our relief, there was a real mix of people, and to our relief you got a free glass of champagne to calm any nerves. We sat down and registered.
My old married name was on the list due to its being connected to my PayPal account. The instructions were simple. All the women sat at a table, and the men moved from table to table every time a whistle was blown. You got a sheet to make notes about each person, and had to tick yes or no regarding seeing them again. In the hours that followed we both had 21 dates. The most striking thing about the whole process was the sheer amount of bilge you can cover with someone you have never met before — in three minutes.
Wow, just three minutes to reach that conclusion; speed dating is efficient! By date 21 I was fully dated out. Luckily that date was Dan so we compared notes on how it had gone then I went to the bathroom and he went to the bar. From inside the cubicle I could hear two girls discussing Dan and how nice they thought he was. I had one, which considering I only ticked yes for two people was pretty good going. Speed dating was an absolute blast. I definitely recommend it to anyone that wants a fun change to internet dating.
I looked at the details of my match on the email. We had entered into that relationship grey area.