) and the info on the Sci-Fi Speed Dating website, I recognized the absence of some information that I admittedly felt completely blindsided by when I showed up for the event.
It wasn't on any of the posters advertising the event; it wasn't in the Awesome Con program; it apparently remained hidden even to the female daters who showed up for the event.
It was, obviously, told to men who signed up for the event at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating (I really feel like I should be using an acronym for that at this point, but I'm starting to enjoy typing those words because they make me think of warp speed and Starfleet uniforms with corsages and boutonnieres) table in the exhibit hall, but I went straight to the event (I didn't know I was supposed to sign up beforehand) and so was kept out of the loop. Now, I don't resent their charging men and not women.Anyway, the information that is apparently lacking almost everywhere is this: IF YOU ARE A MAN, SCI-FI SPEED DATING WILL COST YOU MONEY. This is definitely the type of event that would be more appealing to men than women, and the organizers need some way to keep the numbers relatively equal -- so I suppose that making men pay would eliminate some men who would rather spend on something other than talking to strangers in short intervals.I've waffled on how to begin this article on Sci-Fi Speed Dating.Do I start with a brief summary of my nearly nonexistent dating history?) And I've read that the guy who runs the thing donates most of the profits to charity.
But since the the rationale is mostly sensible and the philanthropy is admirable, why not just mention the fee up front?