Thursday, December 06, 2007

A matchmaker for newcomers?

I might be able to add the title of "matchmaker" to my many job duties soon.

In many of my columns, I print mini-interviews with newcomers about why they moved here, and what insights about Charlotte they've gained, i.e. "Jane Smith, moved here from Providence, R.I. in September, living in Dilworth, recommends joining Young Affiliates of the Mint as a way to get to know the community."

Turns out, at least three times that I know of, someone has seen one of these interviews and tried to track the person down to ask for a date. (I never give out anyone's contact information, but if someone asks to get in touch with someone I've interviewed, I will pass a message along and give the subject the option of sending a reply).

I'm not aware of any of these cases leading to long-term success stories, but in general I salute the initiative of people who act on their interest (so long as their behavior does not graduate to the stalker-ish).

To me, it's another testament to the fact that family-friendly Charlotte can be difficult for singles looking to meet people. I've certainly heard from many people in this category since I started this job, and several of the articles in Living Here magazine were crafted with the goal of giving suggestions on how to meet people (click here and here to see some).

I'd love to know if anyone out there has any fun stories of how they found romance as a newcomer to Charlotte. Did you meet someone by joining a new group, or visiting a new place - or reaching out to someone you saw in the newspaper?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I was in the bathroom stall at the airport and this guy started tapping his foot....

7:17 PM  
Blogger unicorn1824 said...

I was intrigued by a story I'd read about an immigrant from the Czech Republic who had moved here and was going to have a show on Time Warner cable. We emailed a few times but nothing came of it.

Now, if I REALLY wanted to shoot for the moon, I'd ask Leigh out... (sigh)

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, if I REALLY wanted to shoot for the moon, I'd ask Leigh out... (sigh)

Exactly. ;-)

3:38 PM  
Blogger unicorn1824 said...

Well, I tried... as they say, you miss all the shots you don't take....

9:26 PM  
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7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats all I have ever seen here JUG BLOWING TRAILER TRASH, Low income hispanics blacks and crack addicts with a bag on their back; Why cant we make a better life for them and in return we all get safety.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Southern women all have their first baby at senior year of high school; Then they get married to another guy who wants them to have their baby and that dont work out; AFTER a few years the Divorce courts know them by first name basis; After three to four kids , all a different father, they marry a race car driver or a rich builder. THE END

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlotte is losing all of its companies to bullshit work retail and hodge podge eateries; This city didnt have a chance with all the crime in the start and low level educated People; Just look at GREENVILLE, SC an up and coming city with BMW . Now thats class.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a single but am new to this area and do not have children. I have found various meetups helpful such as the Charlotte Positive Thinkers & doers. A fun and dynamic group for those who wish to expand their thinking and meet new people.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous A Friend From Afar said...

Greaat read thankyou

8:52 AM  

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