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SPONSORED POST: Help People Meet More People with Match.com and Stir

May 21st, 2013 3 comments

Since 80 percent of my job is to meet single people for the purposes of my column, I’ve been to more than my fair share of mix and mingles, etc. Without question, the best ones I’ve been to are Match.com’s one-year-old Stir events.

I know you see the “Sponsored Post” tag on the title of this post and think I’m being paid to say that, but believe me I didn’t have to be paid anything to spread the good word. When I was invited to check out a Stir event last year, I had no idea what to expect, and I was hardly excited to go. But it was a Saturday night, I had no other plans on my calendar, so I thought why not. It was a straightforward night of cocktails at one of my favorite Midtown venues, Lounge 48.

When I walked in that night, I did so by myself; a stranger amongst strangers, which is never comfortable. Two hours later, I was leaving with three girls and two guys who were friends of theirs. We ended up at a karaoke lounge (I sang a Drake song, of course), and then a club on the Lower East Side where a friend of mine was spinning while Adrian Grenier stood off to the side nodding his head in approval with some friends.

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How I got there with people I didn’t know prior to leaving my apartment that night can be credited to the Stir event. Unlike a typical night at any non-descript lounge or social venue, everyone at the Stir event is 1) single 2) there to meet someone they’ve never met before. That’s not something I considered when I walked into the event, but after experiencing it for myself, I can honestly say Stir events are one of the best ways to meet new people, and that includes the next person you might call a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Though that wasn’t the end result with my own Stir experience, I still came away with some good friends and good memories, which is probably more than I would get on a typical Saturday night out at a less formalized gathering.

But that sort of magic isn’t exclusive to the adult playground known as NYC. In just one year Match has hosted 2,850 events – broken down, that’s 14 events each day, 75 events a week, 320 events per month! Match has collaborated with over 1,200 venues and partners, including House of Blues, Banana Republic, Sur la Table and Warrior Dash, along with local gems in each city. Match is throwing singles events in over 80 cities across America – including events in Anchorage and Honolulu! Over 225,000 singles have attended a Stir event to date! In celebration of the Stir anniversary, Match.com is offering the opportunity for singles to create their own Stir event, and if their event is chosen, to work with Match Stir event planners to bring it to life!

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SPONSORED POST: Go See ‘Think Like A Man’ Courtesy of UIGM

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

UPDATE: THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING, THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

The best job I ever had in college was working as the student newspaper’s Arts & Entertainment editor. The title gave me perks usually reserved for guys who knew a guy or the women the guys and the guy they knew wanted to impress. One of those perks was access to advanced film screenings for pretty much every movie released in theaters during my tenure, and each invite allowed for me to bring one guest.

Even back then I was a savvy dater, so of course I used the advanced screening passes as an opportunity to take out some woman I was interested in getting to know. Yes, I know, a movie date as the first date is the most unimaginative activity in the history of dating, but this just wasn’t any normal “Hey, iFriday night, want to go to the movies?”-type of date. No, this was entirely different. Usually, it went something like this:

ME: Hey, want to go see 8 Mile three weeks before everyone else?

HER: I am not coming to your dorm room to watch some bootleg movie. You have got to do better.

ME: Baby, who said anything about a bootleg or my dorm room? I have a pass to an advanced screening because I’m covering the film for my paper.

HER: Oh…

ME: So does that change things?

HER: Yeah, we can do that.

ME: Sike! (Just kidding. I didn’t say that. Well, once, but moving on…)

The only time movie dates are acceptable is when you and your date can see the movie before the general population. Even then, they’re questionable, but no one passes up on an opportunity to say to their friends, “Oh, I saw that movie before it came out.”

Because I’m a nice guy, I am giving you all an opportunity to find out what it feels like to say the same thing to your friends. By now, most of you have heard or seen the trailer for ‘Think Like A Man’ the film adaptation of Steve Harvey’s popular book. If you haven’t, the trailer is below. If you have, and you’re not sure whether or not you should see it, maybe passes to one of the advanced screenings will make it easier for you to decide.

Here’s how this is going to work:

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SPONSORED POST: The Art Of Sending Flowers On Valentine’s Day

February 8th, 2012 Comments off

For Valentine’s Day, she didn’t want flowers, that would be way too easy.

She wanted flowers. Delivered. To her job.

She wasn’t subtle about it at all either. I knew where she worked, the floor on which she worked, there was no excuse. And in her defense, she wasn’t asking the world, she just wanted to show everyone she had the greatest boyfriend in the world, and to prove it, he got her flowers delivered on Valentine’s Day.

The company I went through to arrange the delivery will go unnamed and should I ever see one of the executives on the street, we’re fighting right then and there. They totally botched the delivery, and even though I bought my girlfriend at the time a dozen roses to give her when we met for dinner, and she accepted them with a smile on her face, the damage was done. She didn’t get her flowers delivered on Valentine’s Day and I didn’t get any that night.

I vowed never to get flowers delivered for a woman again. The system was flawed and I learned my lesson the hard way. Fool me once, shame on them. Fool me twice, I won’t get any again. It’s too risky! So now whenever Valentine’s Day is creeping up, I tell my lady, you may get flowers, you may even get your favorite flowers. You will never get flowers delivered to your office. The only man delivering you flowers will be me, which is not bad considering I kind of look like the type of guy who delivers flowers.

As you can imagine, this usually doesn’t go well. She insists she should not be the fall girl for a past florists mistake, and I totally get that, but still. I’m not getting flowers delivered. The fear of them never getting to their destination until the next day (which is what happened in my case) is too overwhelming.

But should I ever get over my fear of incompetent florists, I most surely won’t go with one of the big name companies we see advertising on television every year around this time. Since I live in New York City, I’m going to go with a local service by the name of Ode à la Rose, a service I hope spreads across the country and doesn’t lose itself along the way.

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Lubrication: Why Men Ask For It And Why Women Should Say Yes

January 13th, 2012 Comments off

It’s a difficult conversation to have, this whole lubrication thing. To suggest bringing such an item into the bedroom is asking for a lot of uncomfortable conversations between you and your partner. She will want to know what you intend to do with the lubrication, what made you think about buying some, and what are you exactly trying to say about her.

I have no idea how to handle any of these questions. The last woman I suggested lubrication to left me alone with the bottle I purchased but not before wishing my bottle and I the best. So yeah, obviously I’m not the best spin artist. But what I would have told her before she stormed out of my apartment is that it wasn’t about a need so much as it was about a desire.

Some women like to say lubrication is not necessary, that doesn’t make a difference to men. We know the lubrication naturally provided by our bodies is sufficient, but at some point, even things that are sufficient can feel deficient. We want the lubrication to heighten the experience, not to improve it. As Astroglide says…

They’re not lying, and even if we didn’t believe them, how bad would it be to find out the truth? They have three different types: Astroglide Natural which has all this extra feel-good stuff like Aloe and Chamomile Flower Extract. Astroglide X Premium Silicone, for those of us who like to do it in jacuzzis, and Astroglide Original. Personally, I’m getting the X Premium Silicone just in case I find myself with a willing woman underneath a waterfall.

For those willing to see what all the hype is about, the kind people at Astroglide are giving away free samples of their product to my readers. All you have to do is click here, fill out the information, and boom! Just in time for Valentine’s Day (or President’s Day or Black History Month, whatever February represents to you), a gift for the gift you’re already planning on giving your man.

This post was sponsored by Astroglide