Speed Dating at Strand Book Store…Not my jam


I recently realized I did not post the conclusion to my speed dating adventure at the Strand Book Store.  I guess I forgot because the event was…well…uneventful and didn’t really live up to my expectations.  Which is always the case but there is usually something that makes it all worthwhile but this event didn’t actually live up to anything.  I found it boring and a waste of money.  Money I could have used to see a show, have a nice dinner, hell, getting my legs waxed would have been more worthwhile and fun.

Friends Waxing

Everyone met on the third floor, where the heat seemed to be on high. I, for one, do not feel sexy, confident or chatty when I have sweat dripping from my armpits and forehead.

Champagne was available but I went for the water. Cookies and other small pastries were also available but they were of the crumbly kind and the last thing a girl needs is to have cookie particles hanging out on her blouse.  Not attractive.

The event was suppose to take an hour but it started late because the people in charge were downstairs trying to convince men to join the fun due to low male turnout. The Strand was forced to drastically discount the price for men before the event but several men got in free.  I think that was a little unfair and would have appreciated a note saying they were having trouble getting men to participate and then offer to refund my money.

not fair

The other slap in the face was when we were sitting across from the men and were told the women would be getting up and moving not the men. It was a cold night so women had their scarves, coats and purses to drag around with them to each seat.  It wasn’t a big move because we were sitting shoulder to shoulder, but still, the men should have been the ones to move.


We were only given two minutes to speak with each guy but the people keeping time didn’t wait until everyone had moved to start the clock.  There were some guys I didn’t get to speak to at all because the two minutes were up before I could sit down.

While we were talking to the men we had to put a no or yes next to their name. If I put a yes next to a guy’s name and that same guy put a yes next to my name then we were considered a match.  I did not have a lot of yays on my scoresheet.


About a week later I received an email with my two matches.  The pictures were so tiny I couldn’t make out who they were. But it wouldn’t have mattered that much anyway, the room was so dark during the speed dating I didn’t really get a good look at the men I was talking to.

The email contained their phone numbers and email addresses with a note saying that my phone number and email address were sent to these them. I decided that since I paid full price, moved seat to seat to speak with these men, they could exert some energy to call or email me. They didn’t, their loss.

However, just because I had a bad experience my first speed dating event doesn’t mean I won’t do it again.  I just need to be more selective and call and ask questions about how it is conducted.

Speed Dating at The Strand Bookstore


I have always wanted to try speed dating.  On television and in magazines it always looks like fun.  You get to meet a lot of different people not just men but maybe some potential besties as well.

I was very excited when I found out The Strand Bookstore was holding a speed dating event. I love books and it will be a great conversation starter.  In my head I am imagining someone saying in a Joey Tribbiani voice “What are you reading?”

If you want to join in the fun click here to sign up.

Check back here to get a play by play of the event and to see if I made any love matches.

Union Square Excursion (part 2)

After getting our literary on at Strand Bookstore my roommate and I walked to 20th street between Broadway and Park Avenue to visit President Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace.

Roosevelt is the only president born in New York City.

National Park Service runs the historic home and park rangers give guided tours.

Park Rangers Mike Amato (left) & Daniel Prebutt (right)

Our tour guide was Interpretive Park Ranger Daniel Prebutt. Daniel had tons of stories to go with everything and anything in the house.

Roosevelt “was a frail and sickly child, who suffered from severe asthma and other ailments”; because of this he was home schooled.

The house was not very big considering how many people actually lived in the home. Including Theodore and his parents, three siblings; a nanny or governess and his grandmother all stayed in this house. The Roosevelts had to raise the roof and add another floor to the home to accommodate everyone.

The second floor housed the reading room, dining room, and parlor.

Reading Room

Roosevelt was a voracious reader. He especially liked books about wilderness, adventure and history.

Roosevelt’s Velvet Chair

The furniture in the reading room was made out of horsehair but it irritated Roosevelt’s legs so his parents got him a velvet-covered chair.

Dining Room

The dining room also served as a meeting place where Roosevelt’s father would talk business and debate politics with his associates. Some speculate this is where Roosevelt’s political aspirations may have started.


There are two bedrooms on the third floor; the kids’ room and the parents’ room.

Birthing Bed

Roosevelt’s parent’s bed is where he and his siblings were born.

There was no running water in the house so the Roosevelts had water brought up to drink and brush their teeth. They even used a chamber pot. Then a servant would retrieve it and dump it out (pun intended).

Water and Chamberpot

Steps to Gymnasium

The nanny or governess usually stayed in the kids’ room as well.  On the other side of the window is a porch where his “father installed gymnasium equipment” so he could exercise daily. His father believed that if Theodore strengthened his body his asthma would go away. Our 26th President’s hard work paid off when his “health problems no longer interfered with his activities.”

I like learning about presidents’ early years.  You can see how those years really shaped who they are and how they will be as presidents.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at some of the items you can purchase at Union Square Holiday Market.

Union Square Excursion (part 1)

Union Square

Today I enjoyed the beautiful NYC weather while visiting Union Square. My roommate and I got a bagel and coffee first at The Bean.

The baristas were very helpful.  I don’t like the taste of strong coffee, so I usually stick to Folgers Coffee or McDonald’s coffee. The barista recommended a café au lait with almond milk.  Once I added six Equal packets it was pretty good.

Strand Bookstore

After filling our bellies we visited Strand Bookstore.

The legendary bookstore boasts “18 miles of new, used and rare books.”  It does not disappoint.  I felt at home surrounded by all those books.  It made me happy to see so many people enjoying the books.  I did notice quite a few people get annoyed when I said “excuse me” to get by them in a narrow aisle, but I decided since they were enjoying the books so much to let it slide.

I found Christmas cards that were New York themed and a T-shirt that my brother will love. I also found a great collection of old books. They were

Inside Strand Bookstrore

leather bound with gold embossed pages.

While walking around I came across published versions of several of my Advanced Reader Copy books.  Many of my ARC copies did not have complete artwork so it was great to see the finished product.

I plan of visiting Strand quite often. If you are a bibliophile this would be a great place to visit on your next trip to The Big Apple.

Which U.S. President was born in New York City? Find out tomorrow when I tell you more about my Union Square Excursion.