So how did you spend YOUR Valentine’s Day? Me? I-I-I went on a date with 7 guys. Yes, you are reading this correctly kinda sorta, but not really. No, I didn’t have a bachelorette tv moment, but it kinda felt like it in a weird way. I decided to try something that you see in the movies and think that it is so cool. I signed up for Express Lane Speed Dating at www.wholefoodsmarket.com in Carrollwood, FL. I was not going to spend this V-Day alone so I talked 2 of my coolest friends in to tag along with me and give this thing a try. So I heard that Cupid was on his way to Florida, was a connection made in the check-out lane?
SO… how does an event like this go down, you may ask? Well a little something like this…
My golden ticket for the evening
Gotta make sure I am at the right place
Speed dater champions or newbies like myself waiting to get registered for the event
Once you’ve made it through the registration table, you were handed a sheet to write down anyone you would like to connect with further. While you are waiting for your turn, you could go on a scavenger hunt through Whole Foods and win a gift card.
To help make the evening more romantic, there was a table with melted chocolate and you could have dipped bacon, strawberries or other fruit to your liking. (Can I just say OMG to chocolate dipped bacon) Oooohhh mmmmyyyyy
AND… what goes better with chocolate and to break the ice….you guessed it 🙂 I have to give it to Whole Foods! They definitely know how to set the evening.
Here’s my two friends that I talked/forced to go with me. They are excited! Can’t you tell. Kalena and Jen, when are you ready to go next?
So this is the crowd socializing while the first round of people started their search for LOVE…
What’s really neat about this event is the surprise I got when I showed up. I went into it thinking that it was going to be all young professional individuals. When you think of speed dating, that’s just what comes to mind, right?
WELL, don’t let these precious people fool ya! They were more Gal/Guy over 35 than Gal/Guy under 35 at this event. What does that tell you? I thought it was awesome!
So what would you do if I asked you to explain yourself to me in 1 minute!!!! Yes,, 1 minute is all you had before you had to switch to the next guy. For me, since I fell under the Gal under 35, there was only 7 guys. “7” . So basically, I had 7 minutes to talk about myself. How the heck do you do that. LOL.
SO… I guess you’re wondering by now if I found Mr. RIGHT? OR
Did I get the chance to use my catch phrase
Nope, not this time, but I think I have added a couple of new friends to my network. This was a really neat experience for me. I can now check this off my bucket list. I will be doing this again. I don’t think CUPID released his arrow on me yet! I am still waiting for MR. RIGHT to come riding up on his white horse. Wait, what?
So, have you ever been on a speed date adventure? I would love to know how it turned out and where it took place. Was it as cool at a check-out lane?
I personally had a blast and only had one email response..I can’t say the same for somebody else.. ahemmmm 😉
I’ve always wanted to do this, but alas I’m taken now. Did you have an elevator speech already planned or did you go in cold turkey?
You know, I did have my cool elevator speech all ready to go, but when they told me I had one minute to tell about myself, it kinda went out the window. Topics were all over the place. It was interesting to say the least.