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|Fri, 09-13-2013 - 7:18pm|
I posted a while back that I was committing to attend at least 3 MeetUp events this fall, and I've already done 2 out of 3. Since it's something that often gets suggested to single people, I thought I would share my results. Background note: I moved to a new area (about 40 miles away from where I had lived for 10+ years) this spring for a job. So my primary goal is to meet new friends who live in my area, and secondary goal is dating.
The first event was a networking event. It's a regular event that draws 75+ people every month (or so it was advertised.) It was at a fairly large bar/restaurant with free pizza and a cash bar. There were probably only 30 people there, and I encountered one guy who appeared be marketing a pyramid scheme, and one guy that would not stop talking about his website with computer accessories at 90% off. It was really a bust, although I did connect with a woman who recruits volunteers for a children's charity, and I am thinking of helping them at an event later this month.
The second was a purely social event at a local bar. There were about 10 people, but that was actually good because we could all share a large table. Many of them knew each other already, and I was clearly one of the 2 "newbies" but they were warm. They're all professionals, most of whom live and work in this area, and the conversation was good. Two women had to leave rather early, and suddenly it was 5 guys and me, which is not a bad ratio. :) 3 out of the 5 have some potential, but I didn't focus on any one in particular. I'll certainly keep my eye out for other events!
So like everything else in life, you just have to keep trying.... I'll keep you posted.