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Girlfriend sucks a black dick. Though the big three speed-dating companies -- 8minuteDating , HurryDate , and Pre-Dating -- have their distinguishing characteristics, they all base their events on the same template. At a Lock and Key party, each man is handed a key and each woman is handed a lock. Because there is an odd number of participants, each man has a break when he reaches the single seat at the head of the two rows. Chat with singles on our free Chicago dating site. You're in a public place and can go with friends, so it's safe. If you're single in Chicago and haven't tried us yet, why not try now?

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Chantal and Shane Hollywood, FL. Lara and I would see each other throughout the night and continued to try for another match with renewed vigor! In general it seems that women at male-female speed-dating events socialize with each other far more than do the men. Women get padlocks and men get keys, then the phallic-symbol hunt is on to find some matches. When you find your match, you get a new lock and get to keep searching.

And you'd like to have somebody. But I would still say I think of Valentine's Day as a positive thing. You still have to believe there is a chance for love, right? If national statistics are any measure of that hope, it appears wannabe romantics are the rule and not the exception.

Moreover, Hallmark claims V-Day is second only to Christmas when it comes to greeting card sales, with at least half of the U. On the flip side, approximately one in four Americans said they didn't celebrate the holiday at all in I don't go for all that cliche," said Cindy Campizzi, 47, of Washington Township.

Having been divorced for three years, she said it was finally time to start getting out and enjoying her freedom as a single individual. I love where I am and who I am right now. I get to be me. I did the wife, mother, raise-a-family thing, and now it's my time. And I'm having a good time with it.

Michelle Mayza, 47, of Woodbury, also attended the singles night at Taylor's and said she is equally comfortable in her single life. But I'm back in the game now and I'm cool with it," she said. But it's good now. And as long as I'm happy with myself I can be happy in a relationship. At 36, Dianna Dawson of Cinnaminson said that while she is finally at peace with being single after her divorce two years ago, the most difficult part is relating to her non-single friends.

Then you become single and it's like you're suddenly in a different place," she said at the close of South Jersey Java's Friday night speed date outing. If I don't I'm good with that, too. But what about the approaching V-Day? That's when everyone will remind you that you're alone and don't have anyone significant. And that kind of makes you feel a little bummed out," she said.

A present to myself. Social party presented by www. Every guy gets a key and every girl gets a lock with the goal being to interact and match the correct keys to their locks. The process then repeats, giving participants the chance to meet lots of new people. The evening also includes appetizers, cash and prizes.

To make reservations, call or email charlotte lockandkeyevents. Women get padlocks and men get keys, then the phallic-symbol hunt is on to find some matches. Those who find the most matches can win prizes such as a bar tab, hotel stays and cash. To register go to www. Every woman gets a padlock. Every man gets a key. Your goal is to match the right key with the right padlock. Every time you unlock you get a ticket that enters you into the drawing to win great prizes from our party sponsors.

Prizes such as cold hard cash, hotel stays, dinners, tickets to popular things to do and more. After every unlock you get another lock or key so you can get back into the fray and meet more people!

South Bend, IN www. Sometimes sitting around at a bar waiting to meet that someone special or even that someone special enough for the night can be downright depressing. There are a lot of creeps out there, and the only thing worse than being hit on by them is not being hit on by them. Well, the Lock and Key parties held at bars around town make meeting people a lot easier and pretty entertaining as well.

All the women get little diary-style locks and all the guys get keys that they spend the evening trying to fit in the women's locks. Sure, it's absurdly phallic, but it's also an easy conversation starter that keeps people mingling and moving--which is great, especially if the guy trying to stick his key in your lock is a total bore. Best of all, when we went there were a number of attractive, interesting people in attendance.

Oh, and there are also prizes--you know, beyond the prize of potentially meeting the person of your dreams. You can change yours By Jocelyn Voo LifeWire -- For singles suffering from Goldilocks syndrome -- this person's too beefy, that one's too scrawny; this person's too rich, that one's not rich enough -- niche dating may help you find a match that's just right.

Whatever your aim or interest, dating trends such as these go beyond wine tasting events and friend-of-a-friend referrals. At lock and key parties women wear small padlocks and men wear keys around their necks, with the goal being to find your match.

Typically, a key fits a couple locks. If a couple finds that theirs match, they get raffle tickets for a prize drawing, but the main point of this gimmick is just to have fun and break the ice, organizers say. What started as an updated version of a college theme party has become a bona fide business, with parties thrown in more than 60 cities nationwide, many on a monthly basis.

And to give this mixer its due, the events actually have success stories: LifeWire provides original and syndicated lifestyle content to Web publishers. Jocelyn Voo is a freelance journalist and relationships editor at the New York Post. Not the key to her heart, but the actual key to a lock she wore around her neck at a recent singles party. Next month, Miami-based www. Upon arrival, women are given a necklace with a brass padlock; men are armed with keys.

Both sexes work the room trying to match the two to four keys that go with a lock. Heart locket "The locks and keys make for a great ice breaker," says year-old Cloutier who attended the first Lock and Key party at Trocaderos in March.

Cloutier, a payroll specialist who lives in Minneapolis, finds the parties less intimidating than the online and speed- dating services she has tried since her divorce three years ago. Chris Pokladnik liked the fact the event attracted mostly professionals in their mids to lates, but he wasn't crazy about the prizes. They interfered with what could have been longer social interactions, he says. She says participants are forced to take more initiative at Lock and Key parties than at other dating events.

They have an hour and a half to find matches. When a cover band starts jamming to Prince songs, that's the cue for the minglers to wrap up and exchange phone numbers if they haven't done so already. Lock and Key party for singles in their 20s to 40s When: May 19 , Trocaderos Nightclub, Third Ave. Lock and Key events. Here are a couple of tentative dates for future Lock and Key Events.

The concept is simple and just perverse enough to grab our attention: At a Lock and Key party, each man is handed a key and each woman is handed a lock.

The curious singles are encouraged to whip out their tools and try to open as many locks as they can in two hours. Every couple who finds a match is rewarded with raffle tickets, and at the end of the night, prizes are given away during a drawing. Some of the prizes include spa treatments, cold hard cash twenty-five big ones and passes to future Lock and Key Events.

Here's the unlocked truth on what happened: Easy like Sunday morning. You enter the room and there's great trepidation because all eyes are on you, you're wearing a nametag and you've willingly put yourself into a pool of singles in quest of someone special.

As all eyes are on us, I think, "What am I doing here?! Suddenly a handsome young man emerges and I forget my unease. Still, others are staring. During the initial minutes, it seems we've forgotten how to socialize, but once armed with lock, key and mission, we commence "small talk.

These gentlemen were in good spirits, the wallflowers bloomed into forward types, and being approached with "Hey, Courtney" instead of some half-baked overused pickup line made me feel comfortable. There seemed to be an even ratio of men to women in the room of around You learn who was born and raised here, the new transplants from the East Coast, Midwest or overseas. For many, me included, it was their first time at an event like this.

Approaching a woman or man is definitely nerve-racking but this event proved an easy way to socialize with a lot of interesting people at once. Though he hasn't made a love connection, he admits his friends have done pretty well for themselves. He suggests if you simply approach the evening with an attitude of having fun and an open mind, leaving with a new friend, at the very least, is a plus.

Here's one lady's total for the evening: Are those keys in your pocket? Our group hit the scene at about 7 p. The crowd was sparse. I ordered a rum and coke; I knew I was going to need it.

It must have been pretty strong because I turned around and the room was suddenly buzzing with singles of every age, race and creed.

It was tempting to jump the gun and start mingling, but I waited patiently. Finally, the event coordinators handed out the small locks and tiny keys.

Hey, it's not the size of your key, it's how you turn it! It's hard to believe that hardware so small could break down such huge inhibitions. It didn't matter who I was talking to, any apprehensions or thoughts of rejection vanished as soon as my key slid past those tumblers. It was like breaking the ice with a blazing, hot ice pick. Easy and oh, so smooth. Two locks in and I made my first match: Lara Tucker from Murrieta. Lara and I made our way to the front of the room, grabbed our raffle tickets, new hardware, and parted ways after a brief chat.

It's true what they say: You never forget your first. Lara and I would see each other throughout the night and continued to try for another match with renewed vigor!

By the end of the event, I only matched two locks total, but I did meet a few nice women, went home with a phone number, and was even searched by a rather frisky girl looking to steal my raffle tickets. My totals for the evening: Losing lock and key virginity. The night started like a microcosm of my love life. It's not like I had to find someone who shared the same interests, wants and needs.

I just needed to find a lock that fit my key. I tried unlocking the locks of about 30 women in about 25 minutes and didn't find a single match.

Some of the ladies were even wearing two locks not quite sure what that says about their sex lives. I started to think my key was defective, or maybe it's my destiny to be lonely. People around me were unlocking each other like they had skeleton keys. Like most of the women I met that night, she stuck her lock in my face. I stuck my key in her lock, turned the key and BAM! I felt this overwhelming sense of relief. Does anybody have a light? I need a cigarette.

This was the first time Melissa was unlocked, too. This is very creative and it's easy to interact with people. It far exceeded my expectations," she said. After Melissa, my confidence got a boost. I approached every woman again with my new key.

I'll admit that I wasn't attracted to everyone - some were just another raffle ticket to me. The night was definitely a success, even though I didn't leave with a phone number or a lovely lady from the event.

I did get to practice my mack skills and had a good time meeting other singles in the no-pressure environment. My totals for the night: Who cares, it's only another night engineered by Hallmark anyway - right?

Check out these spots whose mission it is to celebrate V-day singletons. Libation Ludlow St. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to deduce what comes next. For every match, the couple is given raffle tickets for a chance to score cash, a cruise, dinner, spa treatments and more. Space is super-tight, so check out www. Doors open at 7 p. The store shelves are packed with chocolates and teddy bears, leaving singles feeling left out during this holiday of love.

Census Bureau estimates that more than 80 million adults are single on Valentine's Day: With so many singles, the mission of matching mates has transformed into an industry, finding love for people with different lifestyles, schedules, professions and interests. Here are some of the services, events and programs to help in making that special connection.

Can't see spending an entire dinner or movie with someone that isn't a match? Speed dating was designed to create mini-dates, giving singles several chances for a match in one night.

Pre-Dating organizes monthly speed dating events in more than 85 cities across the United States. Depending on the group size, 12 to 16 tables are set up with the men rotating every six minutes to the next table and date. Each member fills out a match sheet based on their conversations during the dates and at the end of the event each single is given a list of matches.

A pre-Valentine event is scheduled at 8 p. This will be one of 85 countrywide meetings that night in an attempt to become the largest simultaneous speed-dating event. For more information, or to sign up, visit www. Singles will have several minute dates along with a wine and cheese reception.

The evening continues with a mingle session and program and every participant leaves with a list of "matches" from the night's dates. JCC speed dating is an exciting, quick and pressure-free evening for daters. Held at the Jewish Community Center in Margate, the event begins at 7 p. Prior registration is required. For more information, contact Josh Cutler at ext 38 or visit www. Looking to meet people and promote your business?

The Atlantic City Singles Networking Group does both with its combination of a social and professional group. Geared for a toyear-old age range, AC Singles Network offers monthly social events for business people of all types. Socials include free appetizers, an ice-breaker activity and door prizes.

Each event brings in people and approximately one third are casino employees ranging from slot technicians to executives. Events are held from 5: The theme is Ravishing in Red with all participants wearing their most radiant red apparel. Since its introduction in May , there have been 10 success stories and countless professional contacts have been made.

Lock and Key introduces a more outgoing approach to making a match with a party atmosphere at game-like events. Offering a different feel from formal speed dating, at Lock and Key events women are given locks while the men have the keys. The goal is to walk around and find a fit. Each key matches three locks and vice versa. With more than members at each event there are dozens of match opportunities. Every time a match is made and the set is unlocked, members get a raffle ticket entering them to collect door prizes including hotel stays, dinners, entertainment tickets and even cash.

I am looking forward to the next one. Plans for events in the Atlantic City area are currently under way. Created in and now with more than 90 locations worldwide, It's Just Lunch www.

Located in Marlton, New Jersey, the company is a specialized dating service for busy professionals. With 30, members worldwide, approximately 95 percent of its clients are college graduates and 80 percent have post-graduate degrees.

The process begins with an one-hour interview to find what a person is looking for, his or her own interests and what has and has not succeeded in past relationships. This information is then used to pair clients based on personality and physical requirements. It's Just Lunch staffers arrange everything from casual meetings between individuals for a simple lunch or drinks after work. The client's only job is to show up for the date and call the service with post-date feedback.

Over the past 15 years, It's Just Lunch has arranged more than 2 million first dates and is responsible for thousands of marriages. With millions of people searching the internet daily it is only inevitable there are website networks available to assist in finding the perfect partner.

From Yahoo personals to Myspace, there are hundreds of sites designed to connect people together. Online sites allow singles to break the ice before making the jump of meeting in person. The following national dating sites have strong Atlantic County memberships and love-match success. Neil Clark Warren using scientific research to pair singles together.

Clients complete a question relationship questionnaire that is then used for a point Dimensions of Compatibility Matching System.

The system matches singles that share compatibility, using important life traits including values, character, intellect, sense of humor, spiritual views and passion. According to the fall Harris Interactive study, "90 eHarmony members get married every day. Clients simply browse the site's database describing the type of person they are interested in meeting. Spanning across six continents, 32 countries and in 18 languages, Match.

Members fill out a free personal profile including up to 26 photographs enabling other members to find them online. Upon subscribing for a fee, clients can send up to 50 e-mails daily to potential love interests. Let's face it, a physical attraction is important in every relationship and the internet site Hot or Not www.

The website allows visitors to choose "Hot" or "Not" for each member and even rate them based on a scale. Not a sophisticated matching method, the site is run by two guys in their apartment. The site is similar to other services by narrowing searches by age, location and keyword.

Under the user's picture is a brief description along with keywords that portray them. Members can then vote whether they would like to meet this person. A match is made when both members click "Yes" on each other's pictures. Since its launch in , the site has counted over 12 billion votes and numerous happy relationships. Below are five relationship tips to make the dating experience a little easier.

Don't stretch the truth to impress your date because sooner or later the real you is going to come out. Relationships should be based on trust. Speak clearly and don't mumble. Ask questions and try not to talk about yourself too much. Be a good listener. Never bring up old relationships on a first date. Keep your relationship past to a minimum; talking about your ex is the first step to have your date looking for the exit.

Never answer your cell phone on a date. Keep your cell on silent. You have set this time aside to get to know another person, so do it without interruptions. If you say you are going to call, call.

Follow your instincts, not "rules," when it comes to the relationship. We dare you to rev up your love life in February. Take our advice for 28 days and you'll learn how to get a man's attention, land a great first date, even clinch a second. Sure, these tips from experts, real men and editors require a bit of boldness, but as the saying goes, Nothing ventured Get five friends to hook a sister up.

Since the root of each setup will be a trusted friend, chances are you'll at least have a good time - or even five fun outings. Check out a Lock and Key Party. You're guaranteed to meet many eligible men at these events, at which every woman gets a locket and every guy gets a key. Mingling is inevitable because the goal of the gathering is to discover whose key fits into your lock. Find a party in your area at lockandkeyevents. That guy you've had your eye on?

Give him a smile and ask him if he'd like to have dinner on Friday or go to a book reading this weekend. He just might accept! Need we say more? Make it easy for him to approach you. Mention activities you would enjoy with him, and tip him off to when you're free.

Men fear rejection, big time. But you're assuring him there's nothing to worry about. Flirt with men you're not interested in. Touch the postman's shoulder when you thank him for directions, tell the cabdriver this is the smoothest ride you've had all week, or mention to the operator that you think he has a great voice. Practice makes perfect, and you'll want to be adept at flirting when a handsome catch walks into your life.

Don't decide for yourself. Whether checking out brothers at a party, a club or online, let your best friend pick the guy you should go for. The pastor of your church is an unusual but excellent dating resource. Take an AP class in dating. Whether its experts are teaching you how to flirt like a pro in Dallas or giving a makeup makeover in Chicago, MoxieintheCity.

With the number of guys you'll meet in just one night, you're bound to click with someone. Get out of town. Hit a happy hour in a commercial district or a hotel bar that's popular with locals. On a solo vacation? Dine at restaurants where you can eat at the bar or there's open seating to up your chances of rubbing elbows with a single guy.

Travel broadens your horizons, automatically making you more open to new possibilities and people. Continued on Page 2 Read the rest of the story online at Essence Magazine or in the February print issue. If I'm not your type, then maybe there's some other totally good-looking lady out there for you, and you might meet her this Friday at Rise Nightclub , located at Blake Street. The trendoid LoDo spot is hosting Denver's very first Lock and Key event, where singles mingle just like those lavalife.

The concept is a social experiment that brings together speed-dating, the bar scene and middle-school kitsch. Ladies get locks and guys get keys; then the sexes consort in search of a match. Waldholz, owner of LockAndKeyEvents. Since then, the love fever has spread with event coordinators now based in 21 cities -- from the lonely plains of Dubuque, Iowa, to the frat-dude territories of Tucson, Arizona.

And every party, Waldholz assures me, draws large crowds of busy professionals ready to get biz-zay with it. They don't have to worry about coming up with creative pick-up lines. And women don't have to come up with creative ways to reject them. If you unlock your lock, you get to turn it in for a raffle ticket to win posh prizes like spa packages, dinners or hotel stays.

And love ain't free, either: To ensure an even ratio of birds to bees all between the ages of 21 and 49 , limited space is available -- so register now at www. By now, you know the drill. The speed-dating event known as Lock and Key gives dating hopefuls the chance to take their keys and unlock the locks of prospective dates in a no-pressure atmosphere. The event includes a free cocktail, appetizers and samples of the hangover remedy Sober-Up.

Raffles and door prizes will happen throughout the night, 7: Saturday at S. I inevitably start dating someone in between deciding to attend a singles event for this column and the singles event itself.

So, I have to admit that when I went to the lock and key party at Club One , I had visions of someone already dancing in my head. Not exactly a state conducive to dating games.

The idea behind a lock and key party is that all the women get locks and all the men get keys. The whole concept is almost ridiculously sexual--come on, men walking around trying to stick their keys in every lock they can find. But according to the promoters, it's just an innocent icebreaker to get people talking.

Innocent or not, getting someone to go with me was challenging. I finally convinced one male friend who's usually game for anything, insisting that he would only go if he got an official nickname in this column. I agreed and was going to crown him the King of Game, but the fact that he spent a large portion of the night sitting at the bar, nursing his free whiskey and text-messaging his girlfriend, dropped him a few spots in the line of succession to the Viscount of Game.

So, the Viscount and I headed to One. When we arrived we were handed name tags, a couple of raffle tickets, one free drink voucher, a 50 percent coupon for SafeDate, a company that does background checks on potential dates, 'cause that's not creepy at all, and some Sober Up, a self-proclaimed hangover remedy. Apparently organizers were expecting a lot from this night. The Viscount and I, not so much.

He, too, had someone else he was thinking about--I swear I tried to find a single friend to go with me, but not-married or engaged was all I could muster. What an odd feeling to be cursing the fact that my friends are all happy. Anyway, the Viscount was concerned that by coming together we would look like swingers. We took our booty to the bar to get our drinks before the event started. The Viscount got a rail whiskey, and I received the worst sea breeze I have ever had the misfortune of drinking.

But once I sipped it down a bit, the bartender graciously agreed to add more cranberry juice, making it palatable. In the rock-paper-scissors game of mixed drinks, nothing beats cranberry juice.

As soon as the Viscount and I stepped away from each other, we started meeting people. A guy named Dave, who used to work in radio, came up to me. He was super nice, and we had a fun conversation about local media. Meanwhile, the Viscount was continuing his long streak of being catnip for secretaries in their 40s. Finally, it was time to get started. Up on One's second floor, the hostess explained how the game is played and instructed us not to get too focused on just trying to win raffle tickets and forget to actually talk to people.

We lined up and got our locks and keys. It was a pretty interesting crowd, a mix of races and ages and levels of hotness that pretty much ran the gamut. After a bit of initial shyness, people got down to trying to find their match. Dave tried his key in my lock, but it didn't fit. So did Marc, a bioengineer who likes to dance. I talked to a jocular guy from India with an infectious laugh.

I told him I've never been to India. Another guy came up to me and, reading my name tag, said, "Anna like Anna and the King? And then there was Bernard, a middle-aged man who seemed wasted before the event even got under way. Bernard was insistent that he was going to get my key. I just smiled and walked nervously away. Meanwhile, the Viscount also was making the rounds. One of his admirers told him, "Most guys I'm meeting here don't know how to put it in.

A lot of guys fumbled around with their keys, awkwardly poking at the lock and trying to force their keys in the wrong way. There seemed to be an art to it. The guys who did it best were the ones who took the woman's lock in their hands and then gently put their key in, giving it a firm twist. I know this all sounds ridiculously graphic. What can I do? The key is a penis, people. The lock's a vagina.

It barely counts as a double entendre. Despite the hostess' advice, people were working for those raffle tickets like they were giving away a car, which they were not. The best prize I remember was a hotel stay. Locks were flying open left and right, and I was still standing there with my very first lock. After a while, I started to get a reputation. One guy suggested my lock was too tight. Another said I should I stand closer to the lock and key table so I got first crack at the keys.

Apparently, it's all about strategy. Another man tried my lock, and when it didn't work laughed and said, "It's not me. My lock is totally frigid. The Viscount completely abandoned me for texting his girlfriend. Finally, I gave up on finding my match and got a new lock.

This one was surprisingly slutty and opened for the first guy that gave it a go. My third lock took a bit more trying, and as the night wore on people seemed to be looking to couple up, so as I tried to get my lock opened, I had to judge when I had to leave a conversation to avoid getting asked out. This task was particularly hard because there were a lot of nice, fun, good-looking guys there who I actually enjoyed talking to. Dave continued to prove funny and charming, as did Tom, a very handsome engineer from Catonsville, who told me that he once went to a speed-dating event and ended up on TV when one of the women turned out to be a reporter.

Apparently, Tom's life has a few odd repeating themes of its own. As the end of the night neared, my third lock still hadn't been opened. And, once again, Bernard sauntered over to me, convinced he could give me some sweet key action.

I gave him a forced smile and offered up my lock, and wouldn't you know it, Bernard had the key to my lock. He then, of course, promptly put his arm around me and suggested we get a hotel room. Oh well, they can't all be Daves and Toms. So the verdict for lock and key? It was actually really fun. I talked to a lot of people I might never have met otherwise. And the lock-and-key action made it easy to keep moving if you did happen to get cornered by a creep.

But the real moral of this story--and feel free to cut this out and tape it to your bathroom mirror, or perhaps stitch it on a decorative throw pillow--is: A lock and key party is a lot like dating itself--alternately fun and frustrating with a lot more misses than hits.

And the person who ultimately unlocks your lock often comes as a complete surprise. The women get locks, the men get keys and the goal is to mingle and meet people in search of unlocks," says Jaynie Beard, event coordinator.

It's interactive, so people really get into it and have a good time with it," says Beard. The locks and keys give them a good reason to approach people, and they can approach someone without being embarrassed or worrying about how well they are going to be received. It's really the greatest icebreaker for getting people to meet. A luncheon and soft drinks will be served, with beer and wine coolers available for purchase.

The party is expected to attract approximately 75 participants, mostly in the suggested age range of , although all singles are welcome to participate. This party is the first time Beard has joined the Harrisburg Senators for one of her events, and it promises to be unique new experience. She plans to continue developing themed events in the future, including a Christian Singles Lock and Key Event, tentatively scheduled for late summer.

The price of the ticket includes admission to the game that evening. Her Lock and Key Parties often attract participants from her other events, as well as new faces. But even if Mr. Right is a no-show, it's still an opportunity catch a baseball game with some new pals on Date Night. So if you're unhappily single, step up to the plate and take a swing at a Lock and Key Party.

It's a better Date Night pastime than envying happy couples, and with the right pitch you find yourself seeing fireworks before the game even gets started. Check in begins at 3: For more information, visit online or call Jaynie at Singles ages are invited to participate, with the men getting keys and the women getting locks at the door. The couples will then mingle and attempt to open the locks throughout the night.

Prizes, donated by local businesses, also will be awarded. However, prepaid discounts and reservations are required online at www. Tired of lame pick-up lines? Now there's a way to meet other singles without awkward introductions. Here's how it works: Each woman gets a lock to wear around her neck, and every guy gets a key.

Insert your own suggestive joke here. Approach a member of the opposite sex to see if your hardware matches, and if it does, you each get a raffle ticket.

At the very least, you could each walk away with cash, a hotel gift certificate, a membership to the Single Gourmet Club in St. Pete, or another freebie. Once you've made a match, go back for another lock or key and try for another prize.

The more networking you do, the greater your chances of winning. Sundrea Ryan, event coordinator for Tampa Bay Lock and Key, said it is a nonthreatening ice breaker for shy singles. All participants receive a one-month membership for Cupid. Lock and Key coordinators monitor registration to ensure somewhat of a gender balance, and every key matches several locks.

Ryan said about people, mostly from ages 21 to 45, are expected at Saturday's event. Thanks for the heads up on this party! I have heard about this event from friends in NYC and they said it was a blast. Then you found the courage to attend a singles event, but that left you feeling like Molly Ringwald's character in Sixteen Candles, as you dodged a Farmer Ted-like geek all night. But don't give up just yet; you could meet your perfect partner at tonight's Lock and Key party , where the ladies wear locks and the guys have the keys.

It did, after all, work for Chantal Conkling and Shane Valentine, who met at a Lock and Key event last year and were just married December 3, even though his key didn't open her lock. In addition to meeting some cool new friends and a possible date for New Year's Eve, you will have the chance to win fabulous prizes like a cruise, Swedish massages, and dinners for two. Get keyed in from 8: It's funny how life puts you in the right place at the right time.

We have encouraged many of our friends to attend the Lock and Key Events and one of our best friends is still dating a woman he met at the Oxygen Lounge last Fall. It's a great way to meet singles in a fun, comfortable environment. If you would like us to attend any of your events, we would be happy to share our story. I'm sure our single friends would join us too! Looking for a way to let off a little steam after a tough day's work, maybe even meet someone while you're at it?

Care to have the entire thing captured by Dr. Phil's cameras so that the Bald Drawling One can then pour over the footage in front of a national audience, analyzing your every tequila-fueled, regretful come-on?

Then our pals at LA. Yes, sadly, the women's spaces filled up quickly, with the word hitting some sooner than others we have it on good authority that Tara Reid's Blackberry is equipped to scan the internet every half hour for the words "free fun shots" and page her if there's a match , but there are still a few spaces for you local fellas!

C'mon, what are you waiting for? That salt isn't going to lick itself off of her lipo scars! Then he remembered the not-so-subtle nut and bolt events he had attended when he was a student at the University of Florida the men were given nuts and the women bolts, and the aim was to find the ones that fit together and, hopefully, a date.

Waldholz wondered, why not do something similar, yet a little less crass, with padlocks and keys? I wanted to start something where we had a lot of people and everyone interacts with everyone else. The first one was in Miami.

The men get keys and the women get locks, and the goal is to unlock. But it doesn't stop there. When a lock is opened the couple get tickets to enter in a raffle for prizes such as certificates for dinners and hotel stays, gym memberships, movie passes or cash; then they get new locks and keys with which to go out and meet more people.

At the Lock and Key Events that Christan Marashio, the company's national program manager, has thrown in New York City, the number of matches a person can have in a night depends on the pace they set for themselves.

They say, 'I've met three really great guys, I've got three phone numbers, that's successful. It's that level of uncoerced participation that excited Waldholz and prompted him to launch the company. If you're a shy person, forget it, you're dead in the water. Those guys normally might not talk to anybody at a party and here they probably spoke to around 50 girls. Two of them actually hooked up.

When Christian Call, a year-old banker in Manhattan, attended an after-work Lock and Key Event his first thought was, this is like high school. The added enticement of an expensive gift helps too. The first Lock and Key Event four-year-old Jennifer Barr went to in Miami resulted in a two-month relationship, and at the one a couple of weeks ago her best friend met a guy. Barr goes to the events with a few of her girlfriends and they view the events as a fun sidebar to a night out, and the locks and keys as a good excuse to go talk to anyone, such as the gorgeous guy Barr had her eye on the last time.

I obviously wasn't his type, but if I had been in a bar I would have never gone up and talked to him. I would have felt like I was giving a cheesy line; I'm sure guys feel that way all the time. The consensus, especially for men, is that Lock and Key Events work because the girls approach the guys instead of the usual vice versa.

Call says sometimes the girls, who wear the padlocks on a string around their necks, just come up and stick out their locks. No surprise the sexual innuendo gets everyone a little silly. We've got things like, Do you think I will fit?

Or, Am I too big for you? Waldholz doesn't advertise the events as singles events because of the fact that once you unlock you don't have to spend the evening with that person, but instead you can say, See ya, I'm on my way to the next person. And even if you don't successfully open the lock of someone who catches your interest, all is not lost, as Call found out when he hooked up with a fellow banker. I'd really love to talk to you. Join Our Mailing List! Just be sure to leave room for it to find you.

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