I was reading through a list of local Valentine’s date ideas when I came across the following:
Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Find it at the Free Library of L’amour!
Throughout the beginning of February, we’re holding various free speed dating events in many of our branches, just in time for you to find a special someone to be your Valentine.
Participants are encouraged to bring a book they loved, hated, or just recently read to use as an icebreaker. One lucky couple at each event will win Author Events tickets to see Anne Rice, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles series, and have their first date at the Free Library on Valentine’s Day!
Included as part of the initiative are:
Events for singles ages 25 to 35
Events for single Latinos ages 25 to 35
Events for single Queer men and women age 25 to 35
Events for singles ages 35 to 45
Events for singles over age 50
How cool is that?
This just confirms that A) Philadelphia is a f*cking cool city in which to live, no matter what anybody says and B) our library system is first rate.
(Although I do feel sorry for people between the ages of 45 and 50—evidently you can’t play—and if you’re gay but over 35, you’re out of luck as well.)
At any rate, I want to go speed dating. No matter that I’m already happily in a relationship with The Wedding Date. Or that I’ve already tried speed dating and it was totally miserable… both times.
This would be different.
I mean, we’re talking speed dating in a library! I’d totally bring my copy of The Great Gatsby. Or maybe Crime and Punishment. Or perhaps my Complete Works of Jane Austen. (Not. The point is to pick up men, not repel them!)
But I can’t, because I’m already seeing someone and even though we’d both quite like to see Anne Rice (totally The Wedding Date’s fault, by the way; I’d never even read Anne Rice until I met him!) we won’t get to because you can’t win the prize if you don’t go speed dating and you can’t go speed dating when you’re already in a relationship.
Or can you?
More on that tomorrow…
In the meantime, I’m curious: has speed dating ever actually worked for anybody?
PS: I’m not making this up. For more information about speed dating at the Free Library of Philadelphia, click here.
- Speed dating goes literary (theglobeandmail.com)
- Speed Dating vs Online Dating (blameitondisney.wordpress.com)