Babeland Hollywood’s Singles Mixer

Looks like I figured out what I’m going to do tonight to celebrate my emancipation. I totally love Babeland.

Friday, February 09, 07:30 pm, FREE

Join Babeland and City Beat for our Valentine’s Day Queer Singles Mixer. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, music, and hand massages! This event is free and is open to the LGBTQ community. There is an optional rental of the One Key Away matchmaking device ($15 pre-registration or $20 at the door). The One Key Away device is part psychology, part technology, and serves as both an icebreaker and an amazingly effective tool.

I was pretty curious about this matchmaking device so I checked out the OneKeyAway Mixers site. Here’s the skinny:

Every guest completes a personality/lifestyle questionnaire and the answers are programmed into small electronic devices, “e-Keys”. When two guests find an initial attraction, they point their devices at each other, push a button, the devices exchange data and give an instant compatibility rating.

There’s a regular questionnaire, and another you can fill out for the particular event. It wasn’t long, and I think most of the subjects are basic enough for a general “compatibility rating”. Here are the categories I filled out on mine: relationship expectations (date lots of people, LTR, etc.), emotional responsiveness (e.g., When I give my opinion, I defend it with conviction and try to convince others and I dislike small talk or nonsense conversation. I’m passionate about what I believe in, but I value small talk.) Personal behaviors (I like to have power and be in command. Sexually, sure.) Habits and personality traits (I’m a loner-liberal). What you like to do in your spare time (activities outdoors, indoors, hobbies, nothing specific). And my two favorites that seem to pop up constantly: Do you work long hours or have a second job? and How do you feel about religious affiliations?

These are all paraphrased, of course, and there are a wider variety of choices than what I mentioned. You can register for free and check out the events in your area, or just fill out the questionnaire.

So, okay, I register, rent a device that’s encoded with my amazing potential and “zap” people. Sadly, I can’t randomly zap others, they have to agree. This is probably a good policy, or you’d have people like me zapping everyone in sight, and approaching anyone with a smidgen of compatibility with great one-liners like, “Hey, you wanna get out of here and into my bed?” Maybe I shouldn’t go. I have a few hours to decide.


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