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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

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
10:43 am

Perhaps my memory is fading, but I don’t remember end of the school year pranks like the ones these kids are doing now. To drive by and throw a balloon with water and bleach at someone’s face possibly blinding them goes beyond my comprehension. These kids are demented to not even think of the severe consequences a prank like this can cause. What happened to egging the teacher’s car???

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

May 28th, 2010
10:47 am

that was sas and sensless leggs and we are responsible for teaching them and it is our fault when we don’t they cut up all day everyday don’t care if it is the start middle or end they fear nothing!

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

May 28th, 2010
10:48 am

meant sad…..

For Real (I often drift while I drive )

May 28th, 2010
10:49 am

KB: “forreal, a reverse church hug???” – You know how women stick their butts out when they hug a male at church? Well, you can still stick your butt out but I will be behind you. Reverse Church Hug. Oh and the RCH has been approved by the Vatican as an approved method of greeting by a male to a female. Then is really, really small print is say LB
. Not sure what that means tho.
czBrat: “oh, and For Real, that would be panama.” – Cool I want to buy some property in there can you list the cool city to purchase in for me? I would owe a RCH.

Slim: “Um…scared to ask, but what copulation…oops I meant stipulation is that?” – Nothing to be scared of silly willy. I just want to bring my backpack but I also reserve the right to maintain a stiffy at my discretion.

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
10:51 am

I’m usually only bored during work hours. :lol: I’ve got no big trip planned for the summer…a few outings here and there…hanging with friends and family…possibly a brief getaway…and some time to do absolutely nothing.

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

May 28th, 2010
10:53 am

luvbug doing nothing is priceless!!!!! I am loving it! although I have much to do but I will find time to do nothing! lol

kimmie

May 28th, 2010
10:53 am

What up good blog people? And you too 4Real! LOL!!!

Congrats Blogger Formerly Known As Kinderbabe! I’m always happy when people make a positive change in their lives. You’re really living instead of going thru the motions. Be happy!

Leggs – I’m speechless about that water balloon situation. These kids are downright sinister nowadays. I’m scared of them.

DK – Congrats to your son & you. I work with 2 other people that have graduates this year. I have a little cousin that graduated from Howard a few weeks ago with a biology degree. My niece would have graduated from Hampton a few weeks ago but she’s doing a 6 year program in pharmacy, though they let her participate in all the “senior” activities. Graduation is always so special.

On topic – I love your ideas, Dreams. I really want to go to Italy, but I know that’s not in the budget at all and since you say there are no deals now anyway, I can chill & save my money. Always nice to find cool local things to do though. Will be going on a caribbean cruise Labor Day weekend with SO, the kids & another law school buddy & his family. Should be fun.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
10:54 am

Two things that I am ticked off about today:

1) The oil spill occurred on April 20th and they are just now starting a measure to plug the leak and they are not sure it will work

2) how the heck are you going to fill balloons with bleach and throw them at children!!! what would have happened if this child was blinded for life ??? WTF!!!! Is school not safe anymore?
And now I understand why some parents home school their kids.

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
10:55 am

Lady J – Yep, priceless.

SlimOne - 4 days & counting (Geminis Unite)

May 28th, 2010
10:55 am

‘I also reserve the right to maintain a stiffy at my discretion’

For Real – with that said, I reserve the right to deflate your stiffy at MY discretion. :lol:

Thanks for all the burfday wishes everyone!! :-D

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
10:55 am

Leggs momma?
How come you aren’t coming out tonight?

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
10:56 am

<—stole key to licka cabinet and pouring up SLim a stiff drink

For Real (Bang and get it over with)

May 28th, 2010
10:56 am

Kimmie: You know I’m sin, cense, you know my feeling get hurt easy.

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

May 28th, 2010
10:58 am

ok gang off to play in the streets until 6pm for our gathering!!!!!! Still happy for Mrs. Tazzee Mae Jenkins!!!!!! Congrats to our blog Bride!!!!!

Leggs where is Carlito is he still on?????

See ya later crew!!!!!

Peace!

Mr Lurker thatg is funny as hell I hope you can come to the happy hour next week too! LOL

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
11:01 am

kimmie

May 28th, 2010
11:02 am

you know my feeling get hurt easy.

4Real – You can take it!LOL!!!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:02 am

Carlito is on a horse

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:03 am

@I am ~ the prank happened while he was walking home from school by other young punks. Children thrown balloons at other children. Won’t know for a couple of days if there’s any permanent damage. The children, WHEN caught, are in severe trouble.

Also, I will be there this evening.

@LadyJ ~ as far as I know, he’s still on.

For Real (Bang and get it over with)

May 28th, 2010
11:04 am

YALL HEARD SLIM!!! SHE GOING TO “DEFLATE” MY STIFFY!!!!

HOT DAYUM!!! HAPPY BERFDAY SLIM!!!!

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
11:04 am

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:05 am

Two things wrong with that link

1) the toddler is so overweight
2) the obvious one: toddler smoking cigerette and he throw tantroms when he doesn’t get his smokes so the parents give in.
I’m sorry but when did a 2 year old become the boss of parents???

The kid is addicted to nicotine which is why he goes off when he doesn’t have his smokes.
I blame the parents. SMH!!!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:06 am

Leggs: here’s the thing though. I doubt anyone will come forward.
This is so messed up.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:06 am

@Luvbug ~ I heard about the video and finally got a chance to see it last night. That is ABSOLUTELY RI DI CULOUS!! He doesn’t even seem to breathe between puffs. Who puffs continuously like that. I understand different cultures do things differently. However, smoking affects everyone’s lungs the same way, even worse for someone who’s lungs are in their infancy stages. To think the father sees nothing wrong with this is crazy.

kimmie

May 28th, 2010
11:08 am

Some people just should not procreate.

For Real (She helped me out in this ish )

May 28th, 2010
11:08 am

Kimmie: “You can take it” – Iffin you say so but can I get RCH to comfort me?

For Real (She helped me out in this ish )

May 28th, 2010
11:10 am

“Some people just should not procreate” – Nor have kids!

AmazonRed™

May 28th, 2010
11:10 am

DK – Congrats to your son & you. I work with 2 other people that have graduates this year. I have a little cousin that graduated from Howard a few weeks ago with a biology degree. My niece would have graduated from Hampton a few weeks ago but she’s doing a 6 year program in pharmacy, though they let her participate in all the “senior” activities. Graduation is always so special.

kimmie – Now that’s a graduation and big accomplishments!

His son is like 6. :lol:

kimmie

May 28th, 2010
11:11 am

4Real – Do what you gotta do!

kimmie

May 28th, 2010
11:13 am

Amred – Hey, I’m giving him something to look forward to!LOL!! This lady in the office has a 13 year old & she said today she’s counting down!

kimmie

May 28th, 2010
11:15 am

Today is the 100th anniversary of…… the BRA!

East Point's Own

May 28th, 2010
11:16 am

I am a user of Yelp but I was not aware that Yelp had this feature… I will have to see if they have socials in the DC area. Meetup.com and thingstodo.com are good sources of info on activities you may not have thought of on your own.

http://hispointofview.com

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:16 am

@I am ~ I doubt anyone will come forward, much like murderers. They rarely come forward but are often apprehended. I think these kids will be caught.

i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
11:17 am

“Today is the 100th anniversary of…… the BRA!”

So celebrate by leaving them off for today, ladies. At 100, they need a d@mn rest! Set those boobies free! :lol:

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:19 am

Wednesday was go braless day, even at work (according to Michael Baisden, LOL)! No way!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:21 am

I hope this kids are caught and delt with.

Professor

May 28th, 2010
11:23 am

…stepping in.

@Leggs that sounds like a move just hit me up when you and Lady J starts making the plans…

@I am…I am over here trying to work as well. I am trying to set my plans in motion for Sunday and Monday. You know I need to get my shopping on.

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
11:23 am

Leggs- I think (hope) they will be caught too. I felt so bad for the kid when I saw his swollen face on the news…felt even worse watching him be fearful about whether he would fully recover. Fear is the worse thing to see in kids.

SlimOne - 4 days & counting (Geminis Unite)

May 28th, 2010
11:25 am

i’m swiss – guess it’s a good thing mine are itty bitty enough to stand on their own if ever the BRA when extinct. ;-)

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
11:27 am

Reeeally?! I can’t tell cause his suits cover everything…Does Michael Baisden need a bra? (j/k)

I know…too silly. :lol:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:28 am

Professor: I’m broke :sad:

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:29 am

anyone catch the reggae mix this morning on Frank Ski?

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:31 am

LOL @ Q100 morning show this morning.
Woman calls up the show wondering if she should break up with her man of 3 months because his breath stinks and he has poor hygiene.

JASon

May 28th, 2010
11:32 am

“It’s a great way to find out what others think about places you haven’t been.”

These type of sites have been around forever, what planet are you on

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:40 am

Just jumped on the scale.
so depressed :sad:

Dan - back in touch

May 28th, 2010
11:41 am

@I am

Perhaps if you had stepped on the scale…the results would have been different

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:41 am

You depress easily. :wink:

free to be f.k.a. kinderbabe

May 28th, 2010
11:42 am

@kimmie…thanks! i feel like i have a LOT of living to do. this time is going to be great for me. i’m going to enjoy it and live w/no limits.

@forreal…you know you are crazy!! LMAO

@slimone…happy birthday!:)

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:42 am

Good one, Dan!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
11:44 am

LOL Dan!

Leggs, not depressed like you think
But I know what I need to do.
P90x here I come!

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
11:46 am

@I am ~ I know, that’s why I winked at the end.