One such speed dating service, Quick Date (run by Cupid.com), recently held a speed dating night at the Lala Lounge in Salinas. Twenty-two and single, with red hair, green eyes, slim build and comely visage, I don''t have trouble finding dates, but I saw my evening at the meat market as an opportunity to see what our area had to offer, to mingle with different guys than I normally would.
It was also a chance to strut my recently thinner body and my cute high-heeled shoes.
In the end, there were a couple more guys than gals in a group of about 40.
What, pray tell, does one wear to a speed dating event for vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious searching for their perfect match? vegetarian (as long as you don’t count the occasional lapse in her mostly plant-based diet of some 30 years), it made sense to go undercover.
This reporter flirted with donning her son’s “Meat is Murder” T-shirt, which felt a tad obvious and then promptly opted for her typical uniform (jeans, shirt, boots, all slogans) and headed to the vegetarian Saturn Café, the site of the meatless speed dating meetup. Can you imagine how awkward it would be for speed daters to have a reporter with notebook in tow chronicling, for public consumption, their attempts at meeting a soulmate over vegetable taquitos?
And since then, I've realized that I, a 21-year-old reporter who literally talks to people for a living, have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to dating.
This became apparent with M-11, dressed as Great Saiyaman from Dragon Ball Z. Needless to say, he wasn't one of the men who gave me his phone number at the end. A 25 percent success rate isn't too bad, until I realized that just one of the five guys I gave my number to gave me his back: The Riddler.