The price of love: Bidding starts at $150
The Beatles once sang, “Money can’t buy me love.” But that was far from the truth Friday night. Love, appetizing love, was for sale at the YouthZone Kiss-n-Squeal singles auction fundraiser for Christy Franke’s and Pam Ruzicka’s campaign. I joined about 20 brave souls who put themselves on the auction block for a great cause.I never knew selling myself would be the right thing to do.The event packed the house in the Rivers bar, bringing in $6,000 for YouthZone’s mentoring, counseling, outreach programs and education for area youth and their families.Glenwood is obviously in need of a better singles scene.I admit I was pretty nervous when it came my turn to be auctioned. Luckily the bidding started at $150 from the silent auction held before the live decent proposals were made.I wasn’t the top seller – that was Pam at $1,600 – but I did pull in a nice $500 for YouthZone.
Not quite a $1 million offer from Robert Redford, but I’ll take it.But my winning bidder is a blonde …Talking with Pam, who helped organize the event with her Kiss-n-Squeal partner in swine Christy, I suggested she host more singles auctions in the future. The bids don’t necessarily need to be in the thousands, but they could be for a few hundred dollars here and there to help local nonprofits every month or so.That’s the hook up for everyone involved.I think the idea might work better than speed and online dating, although I’ve heard there can be success stories from those dating trends.The key is not to let appearances – especially online – fool you.”Oops, I meant to post a picture of me from 2006, not 1996.”A singles auction pretty much puts a potential date out there, live and in person. You see what they look like in real life – as opposed to what they look like from the neck up online – and find out about their interests and first-date preferences. No guessing, and no Internet gimmicks.
You do have to pay to play, though.But instead of paying online dating services monthly fees, that money could be put to good use in the community.A girl could soul search and find her soul mate all in one sitting.Along with the singles auction idea, there are some other trends in dating that require a little less small talk and a lot more action.According to match.com’s online magazine, Happen, there are talk-free, eye-gazing parties that are all the rage. Dubbed “New York’s hottest dating trend” by Elle magazine, these parties involve two to three minutes of direct eye contact with a stranger in a low-lit, club-like setting.Creepy stalkers not included.In Europe, “Singles Shopping” events are as popular as hairy guys wearing Speedos. On Friday evenings at Wal-Mart, usually from 6-8 p.m., singles push carts with red bows attached to their carts to illustrate their singledom. There are flirt points throughout the stores where wine and chocolates are sold, and even glasses of champagne are poured for single shoppers.
Shop till you digit drop.Happen magazine also reported on “stoplight parties,” or “traffic parties,” where guests wear red, green and yellow glow-in-the-dark necklaces or dress in the three colors to indicate dating signals.No more giving away those fake phone numbers or pretending to have a long-distance boyfriend.Red means “taken,” green says “come on over” and yellow warns “approach with caution.”I’d wear all three colors just to throw people off.No wonder I’m single.April E. Clark is a skeptic when it comes to online dating. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 945-8515, ext. 16601.
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