August 13th, 2004
So earlier tonight I went to my Singles dinner. Meh. You know, I signed up for a dinner for ages 30-40. I can’t go to the 25-35 yrs. (as much as I’d like to) and 35-45 is just a little too old. So I decided the 30-40 are the only ones I would attend. Well, I’m 36. Of course, I feel, act and look 10 years younger (shaddap!) and as for the rest of the group… well, they didn’t. Except for one man, I’m betting no one at that table was under 40. Gypped!!! I paid good money to join this dinner club, I want to meet people in my age range!! Unless, of course, they all were under 40, and I’ve simply managed to corner the market on looking under 50 when you actually are.
Still, it was a pleasant evening. Nice people. Great food and ambience (the Village Cantina in Inglewood… great food, cute place and nice patio if you don’t mind the wasps). Conversation? Well…. I’ll just say it… I rule in that area. At a dinner last year a man referred to me as the “social sparkplug” at our gathering. Perhaps it’s the Hostess in me… I have to make sure everyone is having a good time. So if conversation slows, I get it going again with questions and comments… if no one has laughed in the past 3 minutes, it is my duty to drop a witty one-liner. I just can’t be in a situation like that and have dead air for too long… six people at a table should never experience dead air.
For some people, it is very difficult to bring themselves to meet up with 5 complete strangers for dinner. And once you get there, your experience depends on your attitude going in. For me, for the first one I went to last year, I went in with no expectations and a very positive attitude, and lo and behold, I had the best time. I met several people I still keep in touch with to this day and got a great date with one of the guys out of it (and saw another a couple times too). I guess my first experience was so good, I keep hoping the next one will be as well. First time’s the charm?? ‘Cause the two since then can not compare….meh.
I’ve got one dinner left to use up my membership. Maybe in a few months I’ll give it another go. I’ll bring my positive attitude and wit to the table if the dinner club would bring the right people… Well, you never know!