I literally felt like I had spent two hours reassuring complete novices that it is possible to simply talk to a girl.
Not wanting to write off Speed Dating entirely, and inspired by my current challenge, and the need to find ‘blind’ dates, I decided that perhaps the issue with my previous experience had simply been location.
With the exception of university and my time travelling, I’ve lived in Reading all my life, and at times I wonder if I’ve outgrown the town.
This challenge is fast making me a bit of an unwitting Dating Guru amongst my friends, and so when I posted my plans on Facebook at short notice, three single female friends quickly replied that they were keen to join the fun.
We booked places at the Slow Dating event at Revolution on Clapham High St, and a few days later, I found myself making the 2-hour commute into London from my place of work, all in the name of 30 Dates.
I’d already decided the speed dating wouldn’t count towards my challenge in any way.
It had just gone midnight when I started writing this post, and I was on the ‘vomit train’ as my friends affectionately know the midnight stopper from Paddington to Reading. I don’t work in London, but rushed into the centre after work both evenings, all obviously in the name of the 30 Dates Challenge.
Last night, as those of you who read ‘The One with the GSOH‘ will know I had a date at a stand-up comedy show.
Tonight, I spent my evening speed dating in Clapham.
I chose Clapham because it’s an area of London where a lot of my friends live.
The area is prime milk-round territory – a step into the city after university.
And whilst I’ve never had the pleasure of living there, or even going for a night out in Clapham, the bars and clubs are infamous. It was in Reading, home of the Microsoft headquarters, and unsurprisingly the event was full of the IT Crowd. I spent a painful two hours being overly polite to complete strangers who wouldn’t even look me in the eye!