i went speed dating at my school last week.
and it was so weird.
i invited lots of friends to come, and three showed up, which i was very grateful for.
before the event, we tried to hype each other up for it, but most of us are introverts, so we were not looking forward to it that much.
i was asked by my own friends if i was ‘seriously prospecting’ or if i was doing it for lol’s.
i did it for lol’s, and because it’s a weird experience that you see in movies, but never really get a chance to do.
so it was pursued for lol’s and living out a movie.
speed dating was so weird.
the event started with the emcees telling us not to ask questions like, ‘do you know what chloroform smells like’ and then sending us off.
the girls sat on the inside of a square of tables, and the men rotated around us in three minute dates.
sit, shake, swoon
but not really.
it was more like,
‘hey, tell me about yourself’
‘so, what’re your hobbies’
‘this is me, blah blah blah’
the guys pretty much always started, which was a bit of a sad lady observation, that i didn’t actually really want to start the conversation… but i still responded, and when i did, i responded with the whole truth:
waiting patiently for the thing to start, SAMI, a small girl with newly bleached hair sits between strangers, splitting the coffee bean decorations with her fingers instead of picking at them. a dude with a nice smile takes a seat, shakes her hand, and introduces himself as DUDE.
hey, tell me about yourself.
EHH that question is awful. it’s way too general for me to answer, ask me something else.
what? what am i supposed to ask?
just ask like, what’s your major…?
silence. sami’s expectant stare. dude says nothing. so, sami asks a question.
…what’s your major?
dude answers, and then the timer dings and the thing starts all over again. sami loses more energy.
i was also spreading the gospel to at least half of the guys i talked to, and got some of the strangest responses from them.
shaved head, vest, and slow speech, GUY, who was way to old to be prospecting college girls, tells sami about himself before asking her about herself, but does ask sami some questions, too.
so, what are some of your hobbies?
oh well i’m in this CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CALLED INTERVARSITY AND I LEAD A SMALL GROUP WANNA HEAR ABOUT IT
oh i believe in God.
oh cool, would you want to check it out next semester?
oh maybe… i believe in God. but i only believe in four of the ten commandments.
well you know, they’re all important.
yeah, but i really hold these four to the highest respect.
he counts them out on his fingers…
respect thy mother and father, don’t steal, don’t kill, and thou shalt not commit adultery.
oh ok… do you go to church?
yes, sometimes… i went to church last week with my mom. and i’ll probably go this week too.
as he explains his church schedule, the timer goes off, and he stands up to leave, and sami calls out to him with her last minute advice.
ok. you should keep going to church!
and some guys were just completely stressed out.
JOHNATHAN, full suit, gelled hair, upside down name tag greets sami hand first. she takes it and shakes it.
hi johnathan! your name tag is upside down!
eyes wide, johnathan rips off the nametag and puts it right, on his chest.
sami has no idea how to respond with his stress, so she just lets him lead the conversation.
speed dating was weird.
but i’d do it again in a single heartbeat ❤