When I was first asked to participate in paper bag speed dating (yes, speed dating with a paper bag on your head), I thought it sounded funny and weird, and I'm usually game for anything, so I figured why not. With the rising popularity of dating sites like Tinder, most of the online dating platforms are based around "Would I sleep with you? Loveflutter started paper bag dating to focus on personality and interpersonal chemistry before deciding whether or not you would make out with someone's face, and that's actually super cool.
Granted, even with the paper bag you could still see my eyes and my mouth.
But somehow it still felt like hiding in kind of a cool way.
They gave you a half an hour to make your bag, but since I was pretty sure the love of my life was not in attendance — and even if they were, they would like my bag no matter what I put on it because that's how soul mates work — I drew some weird cat ears, question marks for eyebrows, and pizza cheeks and got out of that room as quickly as possible. And even though it was hard to improve on perfection, I followed the rules and wrote "'I died in a war" because it was the first thing that came to me and if they got that weirdo joke on literally any level, we'd be aces.
We were told we'd be going on 30 dates in 60 minutes, averaging a new date every two minutes. We all put the paper bags on our heads and sat down at a table while the male suitors walked around the room to talk to us.
I got to the weird science building in a part of town that looked like only ghosts lived there and was directed toward the open bar and instructed to "Drink more.