I’m not against free-spirited wildchildren, but Amy seemed anxious for our conversation to end, so I got the hell out of there and crossed her off my list, which had been whittled down to one name even before the event’s official shotgun start.
Then he appeared, swashbuckling through the entrance, peacocking his way into the hearts of the awestruck women in the bar.
The event was for heterosexual men and women between the ages of 30 and 50.
At the tender age of 31, I was one of the young bucks, on the prowl and dressed to impress in my go-to lady-killer outfit — the same blue-jean, red-shirt combo I don at work when I decide to look presentable.
According to a 2010 Pew Research survey, about six in 10 people want to get married, and 84 percent of unmarried people feel that love is a very important reason to marry.
In other words, lots of us are on the lookout for the frog we love.
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(That outfit will be on rotation until Christmas, when fresh gift cards spark my annual 45-minute clothes-shopping trip to Aberdeen Mall.) Speed-dating night started well.
Look, I’m no Picasso, but there weren’t too many River City Rembrandts hanging around, either, and I felt like I had home-courting advantage, having spent a few nights at the Commy in my day.
She showed that love isn’t just what we hear about in songs or see in movies; it’s not just the tangle of intimacy, sexual desire, and longing between spouses, or the closeness and connection we feel with friends and relatives.
And it’s not the elusive, hard-fought, hard-won reward at the end of an epic search for our one-and-only.
"Fear of the unknown, fear of being rejected," says Irene La Cota of dating site It's Just Lunch.