Update on me:
Last Wednesday night, I went to a speed dating event at K St Lounge hosted by Professionals in the City. [I had been to this lounge when South Asians for Obama (SAFO) had an event last year.] This event was also geared toward South Asians around my age, though there were 2 guys who were not South Asian. It was a pretty fun event, though I thought it could’ve been better.
First of all, there were TOO many people- 27 men and 30 women! It took more than 2 hours to talk w/ every guy. The time (4 mins) went by VERY quickly w/ few exceptions. When you go to events like this, there are bound to be 1 or 2 people who have ZERO interest in talking w/ you (not even to be polite). They will just hem and haw, not bothering to think up a topic to discuss. In my opinion, 4 mins is just TOO short. I think 7 mins would be better.
Second issue: quite a few people came w/ their friends to this event. Okay, maybe they wanted to feel comfortable going with a little group. Or they just have single pals. But the POINT of this event was to meet NEW people! The petite gal sitting next to me also came by herself, and I chatted a bit w/ her. She commented that most of her friends are getting married, not going out as much, and so on.
I didn’t have HUGE expectations going into this event. I arrived a BIT early and noticed that people were talking w/ their pals or just standing about. I wanted to go up and chat w/ some gals, but they didn’t come off as very friendly. Or maybe they were a little nervous? Okay, on to the guys!
The guys (expect perhaps 2 or 3) were Indian Hindus. One guy said he was 1/2 Bengali (mom’s side) after I mentioned I was Bangladeshi. As you may expect, most were American desis (born and raised in US). But I was surprised to see many immigrant and 1.5 gen guys (and gals) at this event. (At a similar event in NYC 2 years back, there were very few immigrant guys and no immigrant gals!)
All the guys were professionals (of course!); most work w/ the fed govt (IT contractor, IT manager, computer engineer). I think there was only 1 investment banker, 2 lawyers and 2 or 3 research scientists. A few of these guys impressed me, BUT I don’t think I clicked w/ any. Too bad! At least I took a chance.
You can check out the web site below if interested. This organization holds events in various cities.
Movies I’ve Seen Recently:
Gran Torino (2008)
I saw this movie while my mom was visting; she REALLY likes Clint Eastwood. I thought there were some nice/funny moments, BUT it seemed implausible to me (especially the ending).
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
This is a melancholy romance/drama set in Austria. It has great atmosphere and lighting. It’s worth a look!
Recent iTunes Downloads:
BardCast: The Shakespeare Podcast
What I’m watching:
Babylon 5: Seasons 1 & 2 are on Hulu. This sci-fi series (5 seasons total) came out around the same time as Star Trek: DS9. I’ve seen 8 eps so far, and it get’s getting good!