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Every place I looked for the Citypages “UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: Best of the Twin Cities” issue since it came out was depleted, but my co-habitator brought one home last night and I was finally able to spend a few minutes hop-scotching through it during my break at work this morning. I had a disgruntled chuckle over the winners for best places to meet singles in the area:

Best place to meet gay men: The Minneapolis Eagle/Bolt…at the bar.

Best place to meet gay women: Pi…at the bar.

Best place to meet straight men: Dave and Buster’s…at the bar/arcade.

Best place to meet straight women: Bolder Options…at a non-profit organization for mentoring at-risk teens training for running or cycling races.

What this says to me is that homosexuals and straight men all hang out at the bar. But straight men, if you’re looking for an ideal woman you won’t find her at the bar, you will find her exercising her good will and maternal instincts at a non-profit, as well as exercising her body. So BO is sure to be a goldmine of fit women who don’t party all the much. (But mentors do get together for “low-key happy hours.”)

Are these Bolder Options single women the same ones who are supposed to go to the “adult Chuck E. Cheese” to find single men? Well, I suppose a man who drinks and plays video games at the bar in his free time is the epitome of heterosexual maleness, right? No?

“Unconventional wisdom?” I’m a big fan of Citypages, but the juxtaposition of the four categories seems a bit insulting to both genders and sexualities to me. I’m going to go drown my annoyance in a nice, tall glass of 5k.

7 Comments so far

  1. David (jacc) on April 26th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    "Are these Bolder Options single women the same ones who are supposed to go to the “adult Chuck E. Cheese” to find single men"

    My sister mentors and sits on the board for Boulder Options and I can safely say she hasn’t been in a Chuck E. Cheese since childhood.


  2. greg on April 26th, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

    The best of issue was bound like a book! First print copy I’ve picked up in probably two years…and only because it looked as thick as "Atlas Shrugged." How can advertisers really think they won’t be lost in the clutter of that monster?


  3. Art (artallen) on April 27th, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

    I can attest pretty well that there are just about zero single women in Minneapolis bars. Although, who wants to meet someone in a bar?

    Also: well done on the subject line, Rachel.


  4. kevinfromminneapolis on April 27th, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

    I think the overall point is that with this pathetic Best Of issue City Pages has officially fallen to "ignore" status.


  5. Erica M (ericam) on April 28th, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    How do they even come up with this stuff? Does anyone over the age of 25 ever vote?


  6. greg on April 28th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

    There’s a different section for voting. I think they use last year’s issue copy and slightly tweak it each year while doubling the advertising pages.


  7. Erica M (ericam) on April 28th, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    There’s a different section for voting. — Yeah, and I think that’s a good idea, because the editorial staff does come up with some good stuff and the readers always pick the same shit.

    Maybe we just need to face the sad truth that the best place to pick up people is in bars. Which I personally have never experienced. Since I stopped going to the bar like that when I was 24. And have not had trouble finding people to date since.

    For real, folks, go volunteer! Or find a team to play on or some kind of extracurricular. All the straight women have that down already.



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