Overall, it felt like a waste of time, and I ended up buying a lot of stuff from the bulk isle. I knew there had to be a more efficient way of doing this. I spent extra time getting ready, tried on three outfits, and decked myself out in my good luck pieces from Moon Metal Jewelry.Short of standing on a street corner holding a sign that said Single, I was out of ideas … The event lasted two hours and held in an adorable art studio. The room was lined with tables and chairs, cheesy table covers and shiny mints. As people began to arrive and gather, I introduced myself to the other girls and was surprised to learn that nearly everyone was there for their first time. You are given a “score card” where you write down everyone’s name you meet and circle yes or no.Madame Melski is known to and beloved by Bristol cyclists for her cycle speed-dating events as part of Bristol Cycle Festival.Now she moves things indoors for a Valentine’s special, upstairs at Rft S. Driven indoors by the unrelentingly inclement weather, she will bring together some of Bristol’s most delightful singles for an intimate evening of relaxed speed dating, laughter, cake and soft lighting. Space dictates that this will not be cycle speed-dating as you know it, but of course bike riders are welcome and you can always go for a date on two wheels afterwards if you meet someone delightful.
Anyway, instead of cramming into some boring Courtenay Place cocktail cupboard come on in to the Bristol and have a damn good time in a damn good bar in a damn good part of town.The list consisted of two columns: places I could look and what I was looking for. I put on a cute outfit and visited the locations in Column A, places to look for a date: The grocery store. Most of the people were in larger groups, and I found it really intimidating to just walk up and start talking out of nowhere. My next step was to check out all the online dating sites. After poking around on the Internet, I found a few credible companies that were holding events in the coming weeks.Even at Whole Foods people are dressed shabbily, running errands and it’s nearly impossible to tell who is single and who isn’t. Others were working out, and it was hard to strike up a conversation with a guy mid stride as he passed me on the boardwalk. I have several friends that have found relationships but also a lot of weirdos on these sights. I kept fact checking all the guys against my list of notable features I wanted in a mate from column B. The superficial nature of online dating had me dismissing guys based solely on their profile picture or because of bad grammar in their bio. Truth is, I don’t have time to cycle through profiles and give up every Friday night to a somewhat blind date. I decided to go with Cloud 9 speed dating because they had the most Google hits and held several events every month in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. I found myself to be a bit nervous, mostly skeptical, and underneath it all, hopeful.Perhaps the increasing need for companionship is to blame, or maybe the adrenalin-pumping nature of the event makes it so attractive.Whatever the case may be, speed dating for older adults is more common and more useful than ever before; it has transformed into an art, where those who can master its style are most successful. Keep reading and we will catch you up to speed (no pun intended).