Maria the Date Couch, a multigenerational matchmaker, had invited one and all to Matsuri, a Japanese restaurant in the heart of Chelsea. I was so excited to meet new prospects that it didn’t even matter that I found her on Twitter. So off I went, prepared to meet a man and betting on Maria’s “skills.”
My friend Krista and I walked in together, poised and looking fabulous. We were immediately approached by a male host and encouraged to take a fill-in-the-blank name tag. I stuck my name tag above my left boob and was proud that it read: “I love ME!”
Alas, Krista and I had singles to meet. But first we made our way to bar and ordered our free sake. Standing by the bar also gave us an advantage – a great view of the crowd that gathered before us, both women (competition) and men (prospects) alike.
“What do you think?” I asked Krista as we scanned the crowd.
“I don’t know…we’ll see,” she responded calmly. Krista was also on a find-a-real-man mission. Thankfully, our romantic preferences differ, so we wouldn’t step on each other’s toes.
“Is it me or are we the only ones with a natural tan?” I questioned while sipping on the bitter sake. Krista chuckled before nodding. I winced at the taste and the pool of men.
As the night went on, I realized we had been bamboozled. A true dating coach would offer variety and assure diversity. A true dating coach would motivate the crowd to mingle and merge by setting up tables and preparing activities, not reprimanding those who stood in corners. But hey, who was I to complain? I found this chick on Twitter, and even though I don’t like sake I drank it by the buttload.
So here is a tip to those going to random singles events: drink away even if you don’t like what’s offered. I sake promise it will make for a better time.
The Hookup was Sujeiry’s dating blog on Latina.com. To read past entries, go to Latina.com: The Hookup.