1 Girl, 12 Guys: A speed dating tell all in Hollywood

Ever been curious about speed dating? Me too. So when my friend, Jessica, mentioned she was going, I told her she had to spill every single detail following the event. And here's what happened...

Name: Jessica
Age: 25
Location: Los Angeles
Status: Too single for words

In three words, describe the evening:

Have you ever speed dated before?
No. And for good reason…

What were you expecting when you arrived?
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I knew there would be a handful of guys, so I assumed ONE would be worthy of…something?

What was the reality?
I arrived at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles with a girlfriend of mine (come on, no one does this alone). We met our “host” of the evening, who quickly handed us a name tag, booklet and pencil. The booklet was to jot down any “interesting” details about our dates. I didn’t use the booklet. Well, I used it to spit out my gum.

The worst part? When you arrive, you can instantly scan the room filled with all of your dates. Seriously, they are all just sitting there. And after a quick room check, I turned to my friend and said: “I’m so sorry I dragged you to this.”

What was the ratio of guys to girls?
12 guys, 12 girls

Tell me about the guys you met with...
My first date was a man with a very long pony tail. He was VERY religious and said he wanted to marry a conservative/orthodox woman. Our relationship was doomed.

Another interesting fellow was the Home Appliances Salesman who worked at Sears. We briefly chatted about KitchenAid Stand Mixers and customers with outrageous requests. At the end of our date I asked if I could come in one day for a deal on some cutlery. He was not amused.

What were some of the standout moments of the night?
When the magician asked if he could create a poem in honor of my long brown hair and shiny purse. He did, and it wasn’t half bad.

One guy turned out to be SEMI-okay looking close up. He proceeded to tell me he was a chef at a big restaurant downtown. That culinary school was the hardest thing he’s ever put himself through. That he went to a ritzy private school in Los Angeles.

When our five minutes were up, he said “I’m just playing” and walked away. I still remain confused.

Did you get any numbers/Twitter handles/hugs?
So many. Fine, zero.

Would you do it again?
In a different country, perhaps.

Do you think stereotypes about speed dating are true? 
If you are a man, you should absolutely speed date. The majority of the girls I saw during my speed dating round were cute and “normal.”

If you are a woman, stay home.

Advice for people who want to give it a go?
If you’re looking for hideous men, expensive cocktails and a waste of three of hours…DO IT!

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  1. I've always wanted to go speed dating- for the story factor in itself. The characters!

  2. Awesome.

    And by that I mean fucking hell, this is so depressing.

  3. Thank you for the good write up. But girls are know when you're sincere and when you're just blowing hot air. But, compliments never hurt anyone.




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