Yes that's right, last night Little Match Girl went to Dating Boot Camp! Don't worry I brought some friends along to make the experience a little less daunting. Because seriously? Being in a room with a bunch of other single women getting schooled in how to date can be scary!
So armed with my complimentary glass of champagne and a pen I boldly went where just about every other single woman in midtown Manhattan was going as well (clearly they needed a bigger room). The program started with our hosts making us clap about how excited we were to be there and got to listen to Beyonce wail about "Single Ladies." To be honest, I thought that was a little odd, I don't think any woman is necessarily excited to be single. We can accept it, we can be happy with our full lives, but excited? Well, I was excited for the free drinks, excited for the coupons to the store the event was held in, and excited for my free gift at the end of boot camp....excited for being single and having these people point out all the things I do wrong? Not so much.
But I was still open minded and figured that the worst that could happen is that I would get a good chuckle out of the experience with my friends. And that is pretty much what happened. I mean I listened to them tell me about the different types of "players" out there. I watched the date re-play (fascinated actually by the fact that I was totally the guy they were describing and not the girl!!). I listened (and maybe cringed a little bit) when they spoke about MANagement (get it?). I listened to the man panel give us their point of view of certain situations. But perhaps the best part were the questions and answers. While there were some good points made by the man panel, the best part came from a woman in the audience. We call her "Granny." So, "Granny" stands up in her all white outfit, she had taken of her fabulous gold jacket, and says, "I used to be called a slut, now I am called a cougar..." OMG! The room just went crazy with laughter and applause! This woman was awesome and really made the whole experience worthwhile.
In the end though, did I walk away with loads of new information ready to take on the dating scene with a vengeance? Not really. But did I have a great time? Absolutely and I can't wait for Week #2!