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Speed Dating

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apr 11, 2007, 1:36pm

I went speed dating last night. The only guy there who seemed to read at all was a big Stephen King fan (no offense intended -- just not my thing).

I think it would be cool for a local library to raise money by hosting a speed-dating event for single readers. Everyone signing up would have to submit a list of their favorite books and authors. Could it work? Would you go to such an event?

And if you live in Florida, would you please organize one and invite me? :-P

apr 11, 2007, 1:38pm

Hi Editrixie, well I'm not in Florida but close enough. However, I feel like a real country hick, I have no idea what speed dating is. Please to explain to the ignorant!

apr 11, 2007, 1:49pm

Hey, Xena, sorry I didn't explain in my first post. I think this is a pretty standard speed-dating experience, though it varies from one company to another.

At a designated time, an equal number of men and women within a specific age range show up at a bar or restaurant. The women are seated, and the men visit each table. They have a short time (last night it was six minutes) to speak with each other. By the end of the night, each man has met each woman. They discreetly (well, one would hope) make notes about each other, and then the next day, everyone logs on to the company's Web site and indicates which people they'd like to see again. The people who express mutual interest are given contact information for each other.

I hope that makes sense!


apr 11, 2007, 2:01pm

I need to get out of this office and get a life!

Thanks for the explanation Editrixie.

apr 12, 2007, 9:27pm

There don't seem to be speed-dating events for people over 60. Maybe they don't think we're speedy enough -- but most of us are!

apr 13, 2007, 7:50am

I'm with you on that kageeh! I have a couple more years before the big 60 but I have quite a few friends at that age who could run circles around most people.

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aug 10, 2007, 1:41am

Just tonight I received an email from our local art museum (very high class) about their offerings of "speed dating" (which I had never heard of before). They offer for various age groups and you have to make a reservation. I'm old enough that I don't know whether I can be speedy enough for this concept. On the other hand, maybe I don't have that much time left and need to speed it up!

mar 1, 2008, 12:22am

You know, there is this thing called **FAST FOOD** which it could be said has enjoyed great popularity and success in this country.
But, truth be told, not everyone is into it.
In fact, recently there have been rumblings from something called the Slow Food Movement. And if you just look at the name, it could be quite a simple and reactionary thing.
But when you look closer, these people are really thinking creatively about the past of our lives and the quality of our lives.
Whether that sounds appealing or not, maybe it is time to invent some kind of Slow Dating Movement,
just to move toward some sort of balance. We can ask if people know what it is like to, during a date, slow down and really be present.
Why does everybody need to be in such a rush. I know this is America, and some feel it is some unwritten rule for anyone who wants to be a true American to be continually multi-tasking and totally distracted.

Funny how just slowing down at the right moment can be the key to opening the heart, and the mind, and to really connecting.
Does anybody know what I'm talking about?

mar 18, 2008, 3:22pm

I would not mind trying speed dating, especially if it were a library event. Then I might have the chance to actually meet someone in my area that reads.
But, alas! I live in a tiny microcopic town that is socially dead.

I have noticed that at our library they do have all kinds of activities posted for children, & some for senior citizens but anyone in-between is out of luck!

aug 22, 2008, 12:22pm

Yeah, I've noticed the same thing about our local library system's activities - plenty of stuff for kids & teens, but nothing for adults. Someone started up a local over-30 singles book club here a couple of years ago, so I checked it out. That was a bit of a nightmare.