We found ourselves at the mall, Sara, Mia and me, on Black Friday after all, despite my protestations. Actually, just one store in the mall, the Apple Store, because Mia needed a new power cord for her laptop.
“Wow,” Mia exclaimed, ogling the eye candy who were checking out the iPads and iPhones. “Where did all these guys come from?”
“Not around here, that’s for sure,” Sara said, “otherwise I’m sure I would have seen most of them naked at some point.”
Mia and I rolled our eyes.
“This place is better than any speed dating event I went to,” she continued.
“Or bar,” Mia said.
“Or online dating site,” I chimed in.
Could Apple stores be the “new bar” when it comes to meeting people?
I don’t know; it would be a bit creepy to walk up to someone and ask about their ram needs. Personally, I have many, but thankfully Sean is quite generous when it comes to that. Plus, at a bar someone from the other end can buy you a drink (or vice versa); you’re not likely to get a new iPhone from someone a table or two away in an Apple store although, hey, that could be cool.
But, it’s as good a place as any to meet someone, right? It’s where Robin Williams met his latest bride (No. 3), so it can’t be all that bad, right?
Lots of people hate the bar scene: “You can’t meet anyone good there.” I’m not so sure of that. I did — OK, twice, but still. Online dating sites? Same complaint: “I’ve seen him on this site for years. Playah!” OK, but maybe he was in a long-term relationship and broke up … just at the same time your relationship ended and you’re back online (and he’s thinking, “I’ve seen her on this site for years. Playah!”)
Honestly, I don’t where to “go” to meet someone. I think you just have to live your life and not hole up in your pad with a Snuggie , a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, Netflix and the remote. It doesn’t make a difference where or how you meet someone as long as you meet someone.
Generally, it starts with a smile and a hello.
The bigger issue, of course, is how to make things work after the smile, hello and first date. Hey — do they have an app for that yet?
- Where’s the most unusual place you met someone?
- Where do you “go” to meet potential romantic partners?
- What’s harder/more enjoyable — meeting people or the first date?