Wine country speed dating
I've never met anyone more cougar-y.”“You know that the men are all going to be over 45, right?
“We’re trying to reform her.”* * *On Monday nights, I’m a speed-dating host.
They stand for the next 15 minutes nervously twiddling straws and re-tucking shirts.
Since the advent of Tinder, Grindr, Tingle, and numerous other dating apps, the attention span of the dating world has shrunk.
Together, they are a unique group that tells an overlooked part of the story of how we meet each other in 2014.* * *Man Number One is blind and arrives a lot earlier than the other daters.
I’m still placing out table numbers when he walks in.
Speed-daters, by contrast, have on any given night around 10 potential matches.
The only preconditions are that they have all paid some money, dressed up a bit, come to a bar in town, and pinned on a name badge.
Then the daters arrive, in ones and twos, slowly filling the bar.Some would probably not survive a dating app flick session.Some are bald, some are overweight, and a few are gorgeous.At a conference in Los Angeles earlier this year, Tinder CEO Sean Rad told press that the app now matches 10 million people every day.
I cover two venues in southeast England for one of the largest dating companies in the country.Speed-dating has become ironic; it’s actually one of the slowest forms of dating around.