Gagliardi credits snap judgments for making the singles bar scene and online dating uncultivable for individuals looking for a real connection.
"Sharing a meal forces you to spend more than 10 seconds getting to know a person before writing them off," she said.
: John O'Connor, center, checks his name tag for his speed-dating number, which will allow Tony Andrade, left, to contact him via e-mail once the event is over. more I've tried meeting single men through the Internet personals, approached guys at the grocery store, bars, Tower Records, the Gay Pride parade. He seemed like a good soul with a warm smile and witty repartee. Because I hadn't had much luck with dating through other routes, I was curious about what their courting experiences had been like in San Francisco.
same." I suggested to a buddy that it could be fun to try, and he was game. My buddy had hurt his neck in a snowboarding fall on Valentine's Day weekend, so he had to cancel. I had butterflies as I approached the Metro bar and restaurant in the Castro, where the event would be held, not knowing what to expect. I got a tingle of anticipation and decided to go in expecting only to have fun, no matter what happened.
Even before my group was called, I spotted a cutie whom I wanted to meet.
Physically, he was my type -- fit, nice hands, masculine, with a nice smile. I found out he likes his job, but what's more important to him is what he does after work, including helping charities, going for hikes, spending time with friends.
We say yes to a very few - limiting it to locales that are at once casually hip and wonderfully flirty.On the day of the event, you'll meet up with up to 19 single guys for six minutes each and share a little bit about yourself.There will be breaks in between each conversation to assess your match, and a 10 minute break at halftime. : John O'Connor, center, checks his name tag for his speed-dating number, which will allow Tony Andrade, left, to contact him via e-mail once the event is over. When I received the e-mail announcing there would be a speed-dating event in San Francisco, I thought that might be the only route I haven't tried, save hanging upside down from a tree limb with a sign around my neck reading, "Single and fabulous. Were my Mavi jeans and baby blue T-shirt too tight? The line waiting to register was longer than I expected. White guys, black guys, Filipino and Latino guys, tall, short and in between, muscular and wide-in-the-waistband. I eyed a few cutie pops, so I knew there was potential. I went up to the bar ordered a Calistoga water with lime.Chronicle photo by Kat Wade less Hey, what's your number? I chitchatted in line with a guy who said he was a retired therapist. 2 and would have to wait an hour to get in on the fun. I used the time to mingle with other single fellows and find out what made them try speed dating.He was checking me out, too, so I went up and introduced myself. Other men expressed the same sentiment, that they'd rather be doing something they enjoy, skiing, going for a day hike or just hanging out with friends and letting love happen unexpectedly. But there was business to be attended to, and we had paid to try speed dating, so the accountant and I went to our respective groups.He was an accountant for a law firm in San Francisco. Once my group was called, Brian, the host, told us that we would have three minutes per guy.We are the only organization to routinely screen daters we feel may not be a good fit for our clients.If we meet a dater we don't think you'll fancy meeting, we'll say 'No thank you' so you don't have to.Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments.It's as simple as selecting your package, telling us your preferences and allowing us to arrange the evening. Sought after for our popularity, the personal service we offer and an unparalleled selection of daters you want to meet.