Below is an actual account of actual events submitted by a guest contributor. Names have been changed to protect all parties involved…let’s call the author the Girl with the Golden Lightsaber. Here is her story:
Hello fellow fangirls and fanboys. Shall I come up with a plural for that? Fanpeople? That doesn’t sound quite as fun.Let’s stick with fangirls & pay homage to this website!
Anyways, I digress…
I had the totally awesome and surprising experience of geek speed-dating at this year’s Edmonton Expo. As someone who has never speed-dated in her life, GEEK speed dating was quite the experience.
Sitting in a room full of single, potential love interests is nerve-wracking to say the least. But there is something incredibly exciting about being at an Expo and doing it in costume. You feel powerful, and not quite yourself. More outgoing. Stronger perhaps. The normal fears of dating are quickly abolished by the speed (see what I did there?) at which you meet each new person. There is no time to be embarrassed as the next person is in front of you within 3 minutes.
When meeting new people a few potential concerns are:
What will we talk about?
What if we have nothing in common?
What if the date is terrible and I need to bail?
Well put those fears aside because when you’re Geek speed dating everyone is bound to have at least one common interest and are there for the same reason as you. As Wil Wheton once mentioned, geeks are insanely passionate about their interests,and that’s what makes hanging out with us so much fun. Put that in a speed dating scenario and you now have only 3 minute sot charm your potential prince dressed a Spider-man.
It was loud and slightly claustrophobic, with cheers and high-fives happening all around me. I loved it. Everyone was so excited to be there, and still running on a high from the day of Con going. Heck! I’m writing this a week after the Con and I’ms till buzzing. Expos…Cons…whatever you want to call them, are extremely exciting and people that go to them love the experience with every fiber of their being. SO with that in mind, cue a bunch of extremely excitable, sugar-high, sleep deprived, exhausted geeks. That’s a recipe for a room full of hyper people, where fun knows no bounds.
After the first 4 or 5 people I lost track of who was who. Who was Team Marvel. Who was Team DC. Which person loved Firefly. And which hated it (GASP!). That’s where the handy-dandy matching sheet came in, where you could circle ‘Maybe’ or ‘Yes’ next to a match.
No spark? No problem! You get to spend the next 3 minutes chatting to a total stranger without fear of being judged. What if the already short 3 minutes are horridly, cringe-worthy, awful? Ask them about their costume and get them to explain it in full detail and how they made it. Whamo! Awkward 3 minutes gone.
At the end of it all I didn’t even get to meet all of the people in the room, however I’m sure I could have spent the next 10 hours talking to them if I wanted to, and we probably would have gotten along splendidly (that’s really a great word; we should try to bring it back). Perhaps we could have gone drinking together in full costume. (I recommend everyone try this at least once. It’s fun. The looks you get are hysterical.)
If you’re a self-proclaimed geek, single and like meeting new people, I highly recommend geek speed dating! And hey, you might get lucky and get a match. And if not, you’ll get a couple hours geeking out with your fellow Con-goers.
Speed Date Away!
XO Girl with the Golden Lightsaber Out.