Review: Match.com Event

A few weeks ago my friend dragged me out to a Match.com event with her. Since I’m forever single, I figured I should really go and try and meet someone.

It was held at a Brewery. I love beer, so of course I’d love to meet someone who loves beer as well. And if I didn’t meet anyone, at least I’d enjoy some good beer, right?

The day began with a hilarious Uber ride in a swank Mercedes, quite possibly the nicest car I’ve ever been inside in my entire sad life. Of course, the driver got lost in the wilds of Etobicoke. Then, to make things more complicated, the entrance to the brewery was hidden in the back of the building, and we had to cruise around a strange industrial area until we found it.

We walked inside, arriving ten minutes before the event was supposed to start. The email said to be there right at 2 p.m., because the brewery tour would start exactly at 2!

Wrong.

There was nobody there. I was expecting someone from Match to be a host greeting us at the door and telling us what to do. But there was nobody there. So we went outside and hung out in the parking lot for a bit.

We decided to go back inside after awhile, and suddenly the bar area was packed! We had been sitting near the front entrance, so how did these people get here? Apparently they also got lost, and entered through the back door. Hilarious.

We stood by the back wall for a few minutes trying to figure out what to do. Eventually we put it all together and went up to the bar to get a name tag and our complimentary beer sampler. We took a seat at the large table in the middle and two men joined us. We introduced ourselves and talked about which beers we liked best. As this was our first Match event, we asked if they’d ever been to one before. They both said they go to Match events often when they don’t have any plans.

They were nice enough and I’m glad we managed to mingle a bit, which is the whole point of the event. I thought it was kinda sad that other people were just sitting alone. Trust me, I am the shyest person ever, but the whole point is to try to meet someone at a Match event.

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Eventually a brewery worker gathered us together and took us on a tour of the brewery. To be honest, I’ve toured a few breweries and they’re all kinda the same. This one was interesting though because it’s still an independent brewery and the small team share duties, everything from front desk admin stuff to sticking the labels onto the beer bottles. The tour guide was really cool and fun to listen to. (Was he single?)

After the tour, the group gathered again at the bar for another drink. Me and my friend hung around the bar and chatted with one of the guys we met, and then another guy joined our group. The conversation bored me as the men started talking about condo construction, and then I had to use the restroom.

When I came back, everyone was gone!

Everyone!

Ok, not everyone. But practically everyone from the event had left. The two guys we had been chatting with had also left. The only people left were my friend and another guy. Who somehow invited himself out for dinner with us.

Which fine, I was okay with. The whole point of the event was to meet someone. He had driven into the city from another suburb, so he probably didn’t want to go home right away.

He had a car, but we called an Uber to take us to the Bier Markt. Which ended up being only a short walk away. Really, we could have either used his car to drive five minutes over, or we could have walked.

We all ordered some food, had more drinks, and discussed how complicated dating is.

And then, that was it.

My verdict?

I don’t know. Was it worth it? Sure? I mean, it wasn’t super horrible. Nothing super awkward happened. Maybe if it was more organized, like with some ice breakers, it would have been easier to mingle? Although I guess the whole point of an unstructured event is for us adults to introduce ourselves.

But I found it weird that some people were just there, and just left so easily when it was over. Maybe they just didn’t see anyone worth introducing themselves to?

I still haven’t joined Match. I really should, but UGH dating is so hard.

Me and my friend made plans to attend two other events in March, but then she broke her arm and I sprained my neck.

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Conclusion: dating is HARD.

Result: I am STILL SINGLE.

 

Cheaper Gas: Is it worth it?

I was driving in an area I don’t usually go to (Weston/401), and stumbled upon a gas station with prices listed a full 4 cents below the usual gas station I fill up at.

My reaction:

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I know it’s only 4 cents. But since the price of everything else is starting to creep up, I’m slowly learning that every penny counts. My heartbeat accelerated and hope surged through my veins. Is this it? Have I found the glorious secret gas station that has actual cheaper gas?

I get out of my car and start filling up my car. As I’m standing there, a giant SUV pulls up to the pump beside me. A woman gets out and starts pumping her own gas. All normal, right?

I thought so. Until I heard shouting coming from a truck driver who was parked off to the side.

“Hey, lady! What are you doing???”

Completely oblivious, I glance around. Me? Is he talking to me? I’m just pumping gas. Am I doing it wrong?

It takes me a few seconds to realize he isn’t shouting at me. He leaves his truck and starts waving wildly at the woman across from me. “You can’t do that, are you crazy?”

By now, I’ve filled up my car and am heading into the booth to pay for my gas. That’s when I notice a giant pool of gas collecting under the woman’s car in the gas bay right beside me!

Truck Driver Guy is still shouting at her. She’s shouting back at him. “My gas tank has a tiny hole in it, I just need to fill up as much as I can to drive to get it fixed!”

Lady. That is more than just a tiny hole

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She’s literally pumping gas into a tank that is emptying the gas onto the pavement under her car!

I get inside and the truck driver’s friend runs in, shouting at the attendant. “You’d better get sand out there, this lady’s leaking gas everywhere!” They run outside, leaving me no choice but to toss my cash onto the counter, jump into my car, and floor it before the entire place blows up from a spark.

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Lesson learned: things are cheaper for a reason. And it’s not always worth it to drive ten minutes further just to get cheaper gas if it means having to deal with crazy drama.

Concert Review: Hall & Oates, Tears For Fears, and New Kids on the Block

Hopefully, my boss isn’t reading this. If she is, she’ll know why I missed work for the past few days.

I went to two concerts in a row and now I’m deathly sick. Obviously I’m too old for this. But I have zero regrets because it was worth it.

Night 1: Hall & Oates with Tears for Fears

Two of my favourite bands in the same night? Heck yes!! I’ve honestly never been able to see either of these bands because the only times they’ve recently been in Toronto, they’ve played up in Casino Rama, and after almost dying in a tornado on my way to a show to see the Beach Boys play there in 2009, I am so over Casino Rama. Also, I’ve never had a car. Also, never known anyone who would want to drive up there with me to see them. But then, thankfully, they both decided to tour together!

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The night started with Tears for Fears. The band was great. They played all of my favourite songs except for Elemental, but that’s okay. Of course everyone went nuts for Shout and Mad World.

To be honest, I only became a fan of theirs after seeing this video and realizing it was filmed at the University of Toronto.

I just found this version students remade of the video, and it’s hilarious!

Anyways, a lot of their songs have really stuck with me through the year. The band was really into it and you could see they were having a good time on stage. Roland and Curt still have solid vocals. Funniest part was when they messed up the lyrics to one of the songs. It happens to the best!

Then it was time for Hall & Oates.

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They were great but they basically sang all my fave songs at the beginning and launched into saxophone medleys of their songs and I was a bit bored in the middle when they sang songs I wasn’t familiar with.

Still worth seeing them, though!

Night 2: New Kids on the Block

I will confess: when they announced the tour I wasn’t too keen on attending. I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them. Sure, they always put on a good show, but I’m starting to get NKOTB fatigue. But then my sister wanted tickets for her birthday, so we ended up going.

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Of course, it was worth it. Donnie Wahlberg standing on a flaming piano while singing Cover Girl was one of the best performances of that song I’ve ever seen!

My favourite part was the pure 80s medley of Stop It Girl and Popsicle. Those were the first few songs I remember listening to and it was great to hear them live!

The next day I woke up with a sore throat. I thought it was from the excessive screaming and headed into work, but halfway through the day realized it was a full on cold. I’ve been in bed ever since, nursing a nasty cold. Obviously people over the age of 30 shouldn’t go to two concerts in a row.

Does that mean I’ll never do it again? Of course not! It was definitely worth it.

Today’s Writing Location

Since I work full time, it’s hard to make time to write. But I still always make time to write.

Today I spent my break writing at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market.

Why’d I choose this location? Well I had to pick up some things, saw a chair, and figured I’d sit down.

Pros: Free. Nobody cares if I’m not eating or buying anything. I could sit there for an hour or so and not be bothered. Also chance of running into people from work who will start talking to me and ask me a million questions about what I’m doing.

Cons: Lots of tourists. Dim lighting. Tons of distractions.

But hey,Β I still got shit done. πŸ‘πŸ»

New Leafs Logo

After a lot of hype, the Toronto Maple Leafs revealed a new logo:

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My reaction:

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Expectation: I wanted to see something modern. Innovative. Fresh. Although change can be scary, I still wanted to see something brand new. I mean a lot of teams make disasters out of new logos (See the Edmonton Oilers’ third jersey circa 2003), but I was hoping for something sleek and sophisticated, like some of the more recent Team Canada re-dos (as a Canadian yes, I get bonus karma points for including Sidney Crosby intoΒ a post).

Reality: Um, I’ve seen this before. It’s not modern. And definitely not innovative. It’s basically a re-do of some of the vintage Leafs logos.

I mean, sure, the symbolism is great:

17 veins = 1917, the year the Leafs were created
13 veins = 13 Leafs Stanley Cups
31 points = Maple Leaf Gardens’ opening in 1931

I love that kinda stuff.

But other than that…no. It’s 2016. We should be looking forward, not backwards.

 

Awkward Subway Moment #4382

I swear the most awkwardest things in the world always happen to me.

I am literally this all the time:

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The other day, I was on the subway rushingΒ home after work, crammed into a subway car. We stop at a station, and the guy standing in front of me tries to get off the train.

But he couldn’t. My scarf had gotten stuck in the zipper of his backpack.

(I was wearing a scarf I bought in Ukraine, that looks like this:)

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Somehow, one of the tassels got right into the part of the zipper, and he couldn’t get off! He was literally trying to drag me off the train with him. I tried desperately to pull it out, but it was really jammed in there. The more I panicked, the harder it was to pull it out.

The doors closed, and he missed his stop.

By the next stop, we both managed to get it out and he got off at the next stop. But I was absolutely MORTIFIED.

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At least the guy was really really really nice about it. I’m surprised he didn’t punch me in the face.

Too bad he wasn’t cute. That would’ve been quite a story, right?

“How did you two meet?”

“On the subway. My scarf was so attracted to him, it didn’t want to let him go.”

Winter Jays

The mid-January blahs are starting to hit me.

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My solution to escape the frigid cold?

I went skating during my lunch hour at work.

I’m one of those people you hate – I love winter. I love the crisp air, the frostbite that burns my cheeks, and the fact that everyone else is usually hiding.

Some of it sucked, though. The wind was burning my eyes, so they were watering, and I nearly slammed into a dozen kids on the ice. I had to pull on sweatpants in the changeroom surrounded by random tourists, and did I mention I don’t actually know how to stop on the ice?

The best part about today?

I WAS JOINED BY ACE!!!!!!!!!!!

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ACE!!! The Blue Jays mascot!!!

Literally the highlight of my week. MONTH.

Look at his fancy moves:

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There’s a lesson in this. Get outside and do shit. You never know who you might run into!

 

 

 

Sidewalk Sale

Hide yo’ purses, hide yo’ wallets…it’s that time of year again. The PATH sidewalk sales!

It’s the worst. It’s impossible to avoid, because it’s too cold to walk outside. The only way to get from my workplace to the subway is to navigate through throngs of people who walk too slow, suits who talk too loud, and tables crowded with things 50% off.

I need to wear blinders, need to shield myself from the mountains of shoes, scented lotions, bins of bling, and the NEON GREEN SHOES.

DID YOU SAY NEON GREEN SHOES?

YES. OMG.

FML. I caved.

They’re mine.

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Let’s all hope I’m still employed by the spring…