I vowed to go in with an open mind, and if I didn't come out of it with a date, I'd at least have a good story.
Fast Forward to last night: My girlfriends and I show up to Xino in Santa Monica, dressed up, and ready to make snap judgments about the eligibility of strange men.
You are given just enough time to form an impression of your potential date and to assess whether or not you would like to meet them again to spend more time to get to know each other better.
With the proper tools, planning and executing a successful speed dating night can be both exciting and fulfilling.
While you may be used to meeting people through dating apps and websites, speed dating can also be a great way to meet potential love interests in your area.
The idea behind this form of dating, is quite simply “speed”.
The dates are structured to allow you to meet as many people as possible, in person, within a specific session.
If the dating scene in your town has you and your single friends longing for the days of arranged marriages, or if you're happily attached and ready to take your matchmaking urges to the next level, it may be time to consider hosting a speed dating event.
Speed dating has been around since 1999, when Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and several of his single students put a new twist on the longstanding Jewish tradition of introducing young Jewish singles to one another at chaperoned gatherings.
We were each assigned a number and given a card with three columns printed on it.
In column 1, you wrote the number of the guy you're dating, in column 2 his name, and in column 3, what you ranked him on scale from "Maybe, let's have one more drink" to "Never in a million years" (no joke, it said that on the scale).
After mingling at the bar for a bit, we all sat down at a long table, where there was an empty chair next to each woman.