Speed dating topics of conversation


Orlando usually winds up in the middle tier of such lists, as it did in a recent story measuring life in general and love in particular for solo souls in 40 American cities.The rankings were based on job availability, cost of living, nightlife, coolness, culture, online dating activity and the number of singles in the area. Cooler than Miami, cooler than Chicago, cooler than Los Angeles.Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.

But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.

So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.

No awkward hellos here so the conversation can just flow (and love can begin! Did I also mention the numerous, successful relationships and weddings that all began from a single Lock and Key event.

One happy couple even invited the owner of Lock and Key, Darren, to their wedding in Italy.

I recently attended a Lock and Key event at Blue Martini in Brickell.