Sci-Fi Speed Dating: I Lived to Tell the Tale
This past weekend I attended Dallas Comic Con Fan Days at the Irving Convention Center. Prior to the start of the conventions I noticed that they were hosting Sci-Fi Speed Dating. I was not unfamiliar with the company thanks to a 2012 TLC special Geek Love and my own affinity for reality television. However, as a blogger who frequently takes to her blog to gripe about dating and being single, I immediately thought that an interview with Sci-Fi Speed Dating’s owner Ryan Glitch would be a great addition to the blog.
Even though he was feeling under the weather, Ryan agreed to an interview, the notes from which are in a notebook that I’ve inconveniently misplaced. Fortunately, I have a relatively good memory and can tell you that Ryan started Sci-Fi Speed Dating after a terrible con speed dating experience. Over the last seven years Sci-Fi Speed Dating has produced an impressive number of marriages, engagements, babies, and relationships. Because I am truly terrible at interviewing people, my conversation with Ryan quickly turned into my own monologue about the stress of being a geek girl in the dating scene. It was at this point that Ryan suggested I participate in the 3pm session. Reluctant but curious, it took only some slight persuading from Ryan and my name was down to participate.
For the most part, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is like any other speed dating experiences. I say this not having any previous experiences with this particular dating set up, but I imagine that it can’t be too much different. Ryan runs the whole show and is very clearly in favor of the experience being safe and comfortable for the women participating. Before beginning he speaks to all of the female participants and tells them that if they are having problems with any of the gentlemen to let him know.
The rest of the experience seems fairly self-explanatory. You have three minutes to talk to the person in front of you before the men rotate clockwise to the next lady. I guess the big defining feature of Sci-Fi Speed Dating is that you are at a convention and in theory (and from what I experienced, in practice) you are going on these “dates” with like-minded people. Instead of trying to figure out if the person you are talking to will understand your passion for Doctor Who, you just have to figure out which fandoms you share or don’t share.
All in all, I really enjoyed the process. I don’t think I met my soulmate, but it was fun to geek out with several different people in a short period of time. I also met some really cool fellow geek girls. Before the gentlemen callers were brought into the room, we ladies had some time to bond over both geeky and girly things. If I have one complaint about Sci-Fi Speed Dating it is that the ages of all participants varied quite widely. I talked to guys that were 19 to maybe early 40s. Sitting solidly in the middle at 28, I felt that the actual number of age-appropriate suitors was cut maybe in half. Other than that though, I definitely recommend that you check this out if you are single, ready to mingle, and attending a con in the near future.
If you want to hear a little bit more about my experience, you can listen to the latest episode of TipsyCast where I talk about my whole Fan Days experience.
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Have you participated in Sci-Fi Speed Dating? If so, let me know about your experience in the comments!