Upon reading that the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering a slew of free speed dating events between now and Valentine’s Day, I might possibly have suggested to The Wedding Date that we try it— not in order to find ourselves new dates for the big day (perish the thought!), but in order to “accidently” find each other, like Phil and Claire Dunphy did on Modern Family.
If you haven’t seen last year’s Valentine’s Day episode, I won’t spoil it for you but know this: it does not end well.
Nonetheless, I figured we could give a try: you know, head on over to the library for one of the Events for Singles ages 25 to 35 (separately, of course) and pretend we’d never met before in our lives.
The Wedding Date, being the diabolical genius that he is, suggested we hit up one of the Events for Single Latinos ages 25 to 35 too (“in order to double our chances”) at which point we would tell the library folks, “My goodness, we’ve only just met but it feels like we’ve known each for months!”
They’d be impressed by just how much we know about each other—especially if I was to rattle off a few especially unbelievable facts about The Wedding Date—and they’d be so amazed that they’d give us front row tickets to see Anne Rice. And probably invite us to some sort of VIP banquet beforehand like they at the Oxford Union when important people come to speak.
But Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about romance. Not rigging the system to win free tickets to an author discussion at the library.
Nonetheless, I’ve suddenly come to understand why all you happily married folk have been reading this blog for the past year (and why the phrase “living vicariously” comes up over and over again in your comments): watching people date is fun!
And even though I can’t think of anyone with whom I’d rather spend Valentine’s Day, I am awfully intrigued by the prospect of speed dating at the library. So intrigued, in fact, that I’m trying to convince one of my single writer friends to go and report back.
(What do you say, CaseSpace?)
Now, if you and your significant other have any Phil/Claire stories of your own, do tell.
- Valentine’s Day Facts & Superstitions (proflowers.com)
- How to Blow the Curve: A Modern Man’s Guide to Romantic Gifts (fieldworkinstilettos.com)
- Valentine’s Day on a Budget! (funwithcupcakes.wordpress.com)