My ego will never know if I charmed my way into these women’s good graces.I afterward asked one of my dates, Samala Gaskins, how she enjoyed the experience.
Speed dating is a job fair of sorts, with women sitting at stations and men cycling through those stations for five to ten minute meet-and-greets.
Unless you’re the most charming and confident person in the world, or you’re a sadist, dating is horrible. Everything about it is just awkward and painful, from introducing yourself to strangers to the teeth-gnashing small talk of a first date.
What’s more disheartening is that dating has gone digital, so that people can now disappoint one another with the speed and efficiency afforded by the Internet. As a single misanthrope who hasn’t been on a proper date in ages, I was curious if the dating scene was really still a cesspool of deceit.
I introduced myself to the woman sitting across the table, Pam, and we shook hands.
Her first question was, “So, have you done this before? After establishing neither of us had done speed dating before, we proceeded with pleasant — if a bit forced — small talk.The nearest event I could find was through a service called KC Speed Dating.