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Bored at home? Do something about it!

Atlanta Yelp's Gilded Age party, The Gold Club. Photo Credit: Mike Cook

Atlanta Yelp's Gilded Age party, The Gold Club. Photo Credit: Mike Cook

When we discussed the topic of diversifying your dating options, I posed the question, how do you meet people who are a little “different” than you normally date.  Well, I think I’ve answered my own question. One word: Yelp.

Yelp.com is a website that allows people to set up profiles and review local businesses.  It’s a great way to find out what others think about places you haven’t been to.  There is also the fun social networking aspect of Yelp that makes it appealing to people who enjoy meeting new people, like I do.

From time to time, there is some fun soiree that is organized by Yelp as a way to connect people with businesses in their community.  You get to sample a little bit of everything and discover places that you may not have heard of.

Last week, Yelp held one of these soirees billed as Atlanta Yelp’s Gilded Age, at the oh so sexy Gold Club.  They truly know how to party because I walked in and the first thing I spotted was a lady standing there in a Moulin Rouge outfit.  You know it’s going to be a good night if feather boas have been spotted.

I made my way through the crowd to find Kathleen, the Atlanta community manager for Yelp.  I had met her before when we hung out at Drinkshop and chatted about Atlanta and the dating scene over cocktails.  This time, I wanted to ask her if Yelp was secretly a online dating website because everyone there seemed to be single and ready to mingle!

The crowd was diverse, which I totally loved. Imagine inviting all your friends from all different backgrounds to one place to nibble on yummy food while a DJ plays good music.  That is what the Yelp parties are always like.   A totally random, completely fun group of people who like to explore the city and all it has to offer. You mix and mingle without feeling as if you are at a meat/meet market.

Kathleen said that although Yelp is not promoted as a dating site, meeting a potential date is just a natural by-product.  When you share interests like eating out or skydiving, you seem to organically gravitate to one another.  The free event drew a great crowd of people who seemed to be relaxed and enjoying themselves.

Not to mention the delicious samples from places like Cafe Sunflower (a fave among vegetarians), High Cotton Bakery, Joli Kobe Bakery, The Melting Pot, Sheik Burritos & Kabobs, Maker’s Mark, Leblon Cachaca, 3AM Vodka, Savida Sangria, Cypress Street Pint and Plate and sponsors included Zipcar, Dames Aflame (how cool is that name?), and of course the The Gold Room.

I tried to make as many stops as I can, so believe me when I say it was a fun night of mingling and sampling. This was my first effort to broaden my horizons and think outside the box.  I am still thinking of other ways to do it this summer.  Any ideas?

What do you do when you want to mix things up and meet new people? What kind of events and activities have you lined up to get into this summer?

443 comments Add your comment

SlimOne...4 days & counting

May 28th, 2010
8:24 am

Good morning All,

I wonder if it’s going to be a slow blog day since many folks are getting started on their holiday weekend early.

Trevor0529 - Birthday weekend (I'm on vacation!!

May 28th, 2010
8:24 am

Good Morning Blogsville,

I have a profile on meetup.com and attended a few mixers. My plans for the summer are fluid right now.

SlimOne...4 days & counting

May 28th, 2010
8:32 am

I would like to go on a vacation, even if it’s a small mini-vacay, this summer but the odds of that happening is small…unless of course some man on a white horse comes to whisk me away in the back of his old beat up van, fully equipped with shag carpet, broken a/c, smoke infused, and squeaky brakes. :-p

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
8:42 am

“…….You know it’s going to be a good night if feather boas have been spotted…..”

LMAO!!!!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
8:44 am

Melting Pot was there?!?!?
Okay, A little ticked I didn’t know about this event in advance :mad:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
8:44 am

actually I meant :

:evil:

Dan - back in touch

May 28th, 2010
8:45 am

Slim, what you counting down too?

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
8:52 am

yea slim…why you counting?

Grace

May 28th, 2010
9:05 am

I’m ticked too…tsk tsk Wise Diva…Please do, let us know about these events before hand, I like to eat and mingle too :lol:

When I’m bored I sleep.

This summer I have lot’s of trips planned and take advantage of whatever free activities in and around the city. For starter’s SOS band will be at Stone Mountain Park June 5th.

Good morning People!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
9:14 am

Morning Grace!

Boredom= slumber.
Problem solved

Hard for me to be bored. I have an active 2 year old that keeps me on my toes.

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:20 am

Grace I can’t wait to do Stn Mtn my child is looking forward to that day too!!!! I have many summer concerts planned, a couple of trips, and dinners/meet ups for the summer….hell it is my normal theme to be out and about…..I need something to do for my bday weekend….although I think I am going to incoperate a Miami getaway right before school starts….who knows…….

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:21 am

~I Am- are you still on chica for this evening??? Just trying to see how I am rocking and rolling this evening…..lol

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:23 am

if the rain is too much tomorrow as I attempt to do the jazz fest I am headed to see August Wilson’s Jitney……..although I think I maybe doing both since the jazz fest is to monday……

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Hola!

Wassup I am… are you working today lady?

I am with Grace, Wisey you should let us know before hand, oh well I can understand why you wait…lol

Question: How many bloggers will sign up on this yelp.com site?

SlimOne...4 days & counting

May 28th, 2010
9:25 am

Dan & I am: I will be a measley 32years old on Tuesay June 1st… :-D

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:25 am

Hey Lady J! You snuck in here while I was typing…lol

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:27 am

As for what I do when I am bored…I will catch up on some reading or like Grace stated get my sleep on. I am still trying to put together some plans to fill in the gap this weekend. Part of me was thinking a few months ago I would do a small trip this weekend, however I have an important graduation to attend so I am working around that event.

DreamsMaterialize

May 28th, 2010
9:28 am

Morning
I am always open to trying new things, although I’ve flying under the radar lately. I was looking at taking the kids to Europe this summer, but the deals just aren’t there right now. It costs about twice as much to go to Europe as it used to, not to mention you lose on the conversion rate. I’ll definitely be making a trip to the North Georgia cascading waterfalls this summer though. There are also some cool stalactite caves that I haven’t been to in Georgia. Then there’s gold panning at the old gold mine in North Georgia as well. It’ll be a good summer.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
9:30 am

I am so there Lady J!!!! It’s on like Donkey Kong!

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Hey Professor Chica!!!!!! girl I am blogging from the salon as I get my favorite neice’s hair done!!!!!!! I am proud of her and my child for sustaining a successful school year!!!!!!! So I am in Aunite mode!!!!! lol

Dreams Crack the bar open honey!!!!!

Glass of Chardonnay pls sir! thanks! ;)

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:32 am

DreamsM,

I love the waterfalls in North Georgia, and the last time I went gold panning I actually found GOLD! It was worth about $12 the lady said…lol

Trevor0529 - Birthday weekend (I'm on vacation!!)

May 28th, 2010
9:33 am

Happy Birthday to all Geminis out there!!

free to be f.k.a. kinderbabe

May 28th, 2010
9:34 am

greetings everyone! this is my LAST day at work….that’s right….kinderbabe is NO MORE, i am now free to be.:) that was my big countdown….i was counting down my last days before i exit the classroom…woohoo!

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:36 am

CONGRATS KB the Former!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you honey and love you to pieces! MUAH!!!!!!! ;)

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:36 am

Hey KB! Wishing you a wonderful summer vacation. The deal is still on the table if you want to trade…lol.

DreamsMaterialize

May 28th, 2010
9:37 am

Wisey you should let us know before hand, oh well I can understand why you wait…
Yeah the last thing Wise wants is to be running into bloggers at events. lol I’m sure she wants to separate work from her personal life like the rest of us. Prof how you doing this morning?

I will be a measley 32years old on Tuesay June 1st
ohhhhhhh you old. kidding! lol what do you have planned birthday girl?

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:37 am

Happy Birthday Trevor!!!!!!! :)

THE INFAMOUS DK

May 28th, 2010
9:37 am

BABY BOY IS GRADUATING! I’m so proud I could dance like MC Hammer! Don’t hurt em Hammer! Yeah Booooyyy!

free to be f.k.a. kinderbabe

May 28th, 2010
9:38 am

professor…please call me “free” lol. thanks for wishing me a great vacation. however, right now, i have nothing to trade with…lol. i’m not just done for the summer, i’m done. no more teaching for me. i resigned.:)

free to be f.k.a. kinderbabe

May 28th, 2010
9:39 am

thanks, lady j.:)

PrincessNik...exhausted and ready for the long wknd

May 28th, 2010
9:39 am

hey lady j, professor, kb, & blogsville

@KB So what now

on topic: I don’t really have time to get bored

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:39 am

KB, are you ready to tell us the next steps and will you change your moniker?

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:39 am

yep DreamsM it will be and I will be incorperating my child and my neices and nephew in to expand their busy minds……..they have to know Nick Jr will NOT be their entertainment this summer!! lol

free to be f.k.a. kinderbabe

May 28th, 2010
9:40 am

@princessnik….no immediate plans right now. living life, envisionnig the possibilities.

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:41 am

CONGRATS lil DK for Gradutaing PREK4 & WELCOME TO JLC honey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your son DK!!!!!!

Hey sistah PK!!!!!! ((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) to you to sistah friend! :)

free to be f.k.a. kinderbabe

May 28th, 2010
9:41 am

@professor…yes, my moniker is changed to “free.” when i make my next move, i will share.:)

Grace

May 28th, 2010
9:44 am

Oh gosh not the Geminis! just kidding – happy birthday to you!

I am…I can’t wait to see SOS Band perform.

Hey Professor!

PrincessNik...exhausted and ready for the long wknd

May 28th, 2010
9:45 am

@ F2B (formerly KB)

I feel ya, a career/life change can me much needed sometimes.

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:45 am

Well Free kb I know your next move will be your best move.

SlimOne...4 days & counting

May 28th, 2010
9:45 am

Dreams – actually I don’t have a dayum thang planned :-(

PrincessNik...exhausted and ready for the long wknd

May 28th, 2010
9:45 am

PrincessNik...T-minus 60 days!

May 28th, 2010
9:46 am

I’m so ready for the weekend to begin

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:47 am

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:48 am

Grace, between you and Lady J I might have to go see the SOS band. I need to go online and look up the free summer concerts so I can plan to get out. Between work and did I say work I really haven’t planned and organized my summer. I need to do that…before it is Labor Day and all I have on the summer list is work.

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:48 am

the classroom will miss you KB you did an awesome job with your babies!!!!!! Congrats on moving on gracefully!

Trevor0529 - Birthday weekend (I'm on vacation!!)

May 28th, 2010
9:49 am

Thank you Lady J.
:)

Lady J-Count your Blessings, Cut your loses, & Follow the yellow brick road!

May 28th, 2010
9:51 am

professor come on my child asked me straight up will I take her to stn mtn and when I heard the SOS Band will be there and it is free girl YEAH (LOL)…….the will have kids activities and the laser show is that evening I will pack two coolers and head to the park and enjoy……it will be refreshing for all of us…..

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:53 am

DreamsM,

I am good, how are you?

czBrat

May 28th, 2010
9:56 am

GM All!!

Slim, that 8:32 sounds like a kidnapping. you’re scaring me.

summer is get out and go time. looking forward to every minute. kicking off this weekend with graduation bbqs, seafood boils, caribbean parades and jazz fest picnics. woohoo!!

Congrats to DK & Happy B-day Trevor!

Hola Profesora!

Professor

May 28th, 2010
9:56 am

Lady J put me down I would love to go…hit me up on the email and we will workout what to put in those coolers.