After feeling that last weekend was devoid of any excitement whatsoever**, an idea came upon me: Starting February 15, I should commit to going on 12 dates in the following 12 weeks.
Now, I do not know twelve unmarried, not-dating-anyone men (between the ages of, say, 26-44), so I am going to have to do some combination of (a) asking people I know to find someone to go out with me for at least 15 minutes, (b) approaching stranger-men myself and either outright asking them for dates or finagling a way to get them to ask me, and/or (c) joining an internet
man menu man catalog dating site. This is a daunting task, but I am up to the challenge.
The question is…are YOU?
I figure I must not be the only single person on this blog who is looking to break out of the rut. If you want to join me in the 12/12 Challenge, let me know in the comments. At the very least, the Challenge will give you an opener to use.
- Twelve dates must take place between February 15, 2011 and May 9, 2011.
- Each date must last at least 15 minutes, i.e., NO LEMON LAWING PERMITTED.
- You are not limited to one date per week, e.g., if you complete twelve dates in one day, that still counts. However, you may not go on two (or more) dates with the same person in one day.
- You can go on more than one date with the same person, i.e., going on two dates with Person A equals two dates for the purposes of the 12/12 Challenge.
- If you go on more than one date with the same person, the dates must be different activities, e.g., no buying the same person coffee on five different occasions.
- Double-dating is permitted; group dating (large group with no distinct pairings) is not.
- No going on a date with a “bro” of the opposite sex, unless the explicit goal is to break out of bro-dom.
- You must make it clear to the other person that you are going on a date and not just “hanging out.”
- If someone flakes on you, it doesn’t count as a date. You must schedule and complete another date.
If you complete the 12/12 Challenge, I will award you a personalized prize
probably a drawing by me. Just leave a comment on May 10 listing each date you went on (calendar date, first name/initial of person you went with, and what the activity was).
**Minus watching the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships.***
***Okay, it wasn’t the most exciting Nationals of all time. But high-level athletic competition is inherently compelling.