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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

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

Oh yeah, I never did tell you all about The Clash of the Titans. It was actually pretty good. However I found out him taking me to see the movie was just a distraction. After the movie we were supposed to go to lunch but he left his wallet at home. He refused to let me pay and insisted that we go get his wallet. As we were nearing the house I saw cars in the driveway and on the street. My sister and brother had come down for my birthday. And all of my best bffs and their beaus were here. They threw me a surprise party. He got me away from the house so they could set up for the party. I didn’t have the faintest clue the entire morning. He did good. LOL

We had to end up cutting the party shorter than planned because I started to not feel well but it was an awesome birthday all the same.

SlimOne - 4 days & counting (Geminis Unite)

May 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

I am – you want half of this X pill? You’ll be feeling great and loving life in no time. I even have a mixed House CD in the ride if you ready to get your groove on….no need to be Debbie Downer today.

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

HAVE A GOOD ONE MRS. TAZZEE!!!!!

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:20 pm

Leggs, they probably just covered them up with make-up.

Melo

May 28th, 2010
2:21 pm

@Swiss..

u giving me second thoughts..I was trending to agreeing to go see that sex and the city this holiday,just so i play good hybby thang…

now u saying, only if i get a good bribe?? :-)

Lemme see about that triple play thoght with the smoking hawt skripper i been thinking about all this past spring! talk of perfect timing :lol:

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:22 pm

I am whatever, Why? Yeah marriage is good, but it is like Spring time. You have your sunny days and you have your storms.

i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

Melo — You should invite the stripper to movie with you & Queen… That way they’ll both be pre-lubricated from looking at all the cute shoes & the mood will be set… :lol:

Melo

May 28th, 2010
2:25 pm

he i thinnning for his next movie but 50 cents sure looks like afflicted by aids/cocaine oe sme

Gross!. :arrow: Spit!

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:26 pm

I thought they did too (cover w/makeup), but “I am” said he removed them to cut down on the time sitting in the makeup chair. It’s one or the other. It took him 9 weeks to lose that weight and with his money he could have found the best tattoo removers in the world. Naw, still can’t seem him w/o having any scars. Oh well, the story will emerge either way.

SlimOne - 4 days & counting (Geminis Unite)

May 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

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i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
2:32 pm

Awwwww, d@mn! Don’t cave in to the peer pressure, Venus! You look just fine in that little dress, baby… :lol:

Luvbug

May 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

The Clash of the Titans

Yeah, I liked it too…even though they kinda switched up the story. I was a little bummed with the cartoon Medusa though. I miss the good ole days of handcrafted costume design…like in The Neverending Story…or Ave Satani in Legend.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

Leggs, Lurker, and everyone else….
the reason why I say that I am jealous is because they are getting bedroom action whereas my queen size bed seems incredibly large lately.
:-(

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

I’ll be the first woman to say that dress looked horrible even w/the boy shorts under it and that it was worn in bad taste!!

Melo

May 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Swiss..those Venus pics are nothing compared to these i took when she personally posed & played tennis with me last sartday at my house.

whats ur email add so i send them??

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:36 pm

Leggs, I googled it and he did have them removed but not for this movie. He had them removed last year because he got tired of having to go in early for make up. He said if he was going to be acting on the regular he would have them removed altogether.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

@I am ~ so you’re dismissing all the other aspects of marriage and concentrating on the sexual part. Hell, don’t you know a lot of married couple aren’t having sex (LOLOLOL).

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

Leggs, you can get tattoos removed with minimal scaring

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

Leggs, it appears on this blog that merried folks are pretty much getting it often.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:38 pm

Oh, ok..thanks I am and Raqi. Ok, now I’ll be looking for remnants of his old tats. Guess makeup can cover up whatever scars were left behind.

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:38 pm

Luvbug, I agree. The computer animated stuff is no match for real people in costumes like back in the day.

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

And this blog isn’t a true representative of married folk. Hell, you just might fall in the percentile of those who aren’t getting it often once you marry. Those not getting it are too unhappy to even come to thi blog. Have you noticed, only happy married folk are on this blog and there’s not a lot of them here.

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:41 pm

I am whatever, girl sex is only a part of being married. A small part when compared to all the other stuff put together. When we are not having sex we have to live with each other. Learn to put up with each other’s habits and ways. Sex only last as long as we are doing it. Living under the same roof doing all the other stuff last much longer.

Melo

May 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

@Leggs??

I am aint dismissing anything….

Some gardens require a constant nurturing and watering and get dry real dry,real quick..i think I am’s is just one of those…..

@I am…u got great apetite and thirst.. baby, i like that! I’ll arrange some for u….

what kind/type of hose pipe u prefer??

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

I said the same thing w/o using any of those words (LOL).

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

@Raqi ~ my previous post was in agreement with you.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:47 pm

this chick at work is wearing one of those long cotton dresses but on her it looks like a long night gown :shock:

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

Gary Coleman has passed.

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

Leggs, it’s not even that. She is focusing on one area and that is probably because she is wanting right now. Hell I sleep beside a man every night but I don’t want sex every night. And being married doesn’t mean you are going to get it every time you want it. And there are soooooo many other things to being married and happy outside of the sex.

She needs to look at it like this. One any given Saturday I will spend pretty much the entire day with my husband. From the time we get up which is around 8am 14 hours will pass in that day before we even lay down together again to even entertain the thought of sex. 14 hours of being together and sex not be what’s going on. When she say she is jealous of married people she needs to view the whole picture. What is going to do about those 14 hours?

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

R.I.P, Mr. Coleman. You didn’t have much peace on Earth. Hopefully now, you will!!!!

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

@Raqi ~ I know. This is what I said: @I am ~ so you’re dismissing all the other aspects of marriage and concentrating on the sexual part. Hell, don’t you know a lot of married couple aren’t having sex (LOLOLOL).

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

Melo, I’m a scorpio so you know my garden requires eggstraw care!!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

um… Gary ain’t dead yet :shock: he still on life support

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

Leggs, yeah I just heard he died.

Raqi

May 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

Leggs, yeah you did say that did you. LOL

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

@I am ~ no, he’s not.

DreamsMaterialize

May 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Swiss I wasn’t asking you how Sex and the City was. I was asking what you thought about Iron Man 2!

He said if he was going to be acting on the regular he would have them removed altogether.
Yeah it was getting in the way of his career. So he realized it’s not practical to look like a thug ALL the time huh? Now if he’d only go around and relay that message to all these youngsters, especially the ones who can’t afford to just have their tats removed. After you’re 19 and you decide you want to actually get a real job, the tats on your neck aren’t going to work.

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Raqi, I also miss the companionship, the whole part of two people working together as one: accomplishing goals, raising family, building home, etc….

But all you all talking bout sex got me missing that too.

Man the ex could hold his own when it came to that!!! whooo-wheee!!!!
But I’m sticking to my guns, I’m not calling dude. I’m worth way more and I deserve it

Lady J

May 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

hmmmmm men can’t or won’t see SATC with their wife or girlfriend………hmmmmmm lol

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

meant to say jealous instead of missing. Because I’ve never been married before.

i'm swiss

May 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Dreams — Oh… my bad. :lol: Haven’t seen Iron Man 2, actually

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

It’s absolutely amazing that the kidney transplants didn’t fail him, his other medical problems didn’t do him in, but he falls and hits hi head and suffers an “intracranial hemorrhage.”

It's me....lurker

May 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Hell, don’t you know a lot of married couple aren’t having sex

further…a lot ain’t having sex with each other, but they having it alright

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

cautionary tale about tattoos:

do not put them on your neck, face, or arm (especially if you are a lady) or anywhere else they can be seen while wearing clothing.
you may regret it.
Ask the chick I work with that blots her tatted up arm with makeup every morning.

It's me....lurker

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

I am, girl if you don’t snap out of it for real? Mind over matter lady. Life is what you make it.

PrincessNik...T-minus 60 days!

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

But I’m sticking to my guns, I’m not calling dude. I’m worth way more and I deserve it

@ I am, atta girl u can do it!

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

I love my tats!!!! They are well covered so I can work in corporate America without anyone ever knowing I have tats.

It's me....lurker

May 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

Yeah, Gary Coleman lived a tumultuous life

I am whatever you say I am

May 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

UGH!!!! COMP ISSUES :MAD:
BRB

Leggs

May 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

Raqi, I also miss the companionship, the whole part of two people working together as one: accomplishing goals, raising family, building home, etc….

@I am ~ I drove to work yesterday feeling like that (well the companionsip part) but quickly shook it off cuz there wasn’t anything I could do about it at the moment.