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In honor of Valentine's Day, Ken and Nicole relate their experiences and offer a bit of commentary about their dozen dates.
I was shocked at the turnout among the straight daters -- 30 men and 34 women showed up to find love, or at least a date, for Valentine's Day.
Speed dating events are held across the country, and the time spent on each date ranges from a couple of minutes to 10 or more minutes. All the women lined up on one side of several tables scrunched together, while the men sat across from them and rotated one seat over every two minutes.
The concept is great, but after three hours, my throat was dry and the novelty of meeting new people began to wear off. When I heard we'd talk to each potential candidate for two minutes, I thought that may not be enough time.
But after the event started, I realized quickly that two minutes were -- at times -- far too long to talk to someone. One of the first men who sat across from me said he'd come to the event for the free food. " I tend toward the serious side, so this response was exactly the opposite of what I had hoped to hear.
It's the length of time we are supposed to spend brushing our teeth.