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It can be really scary and difficult for them to be single again after years of marriage.” Which is why Davis says her club is so important.
She coordinates a number of events for the 300-plus members in Red Bluff, Chico, Paradise and Marysville.
“He thought I was off limits because I was the leader of the events,” Davis said.
Or to simply have a good time—Davis cautions participants about jumping head-first into a relationship developed in speed dating. “All you can get in five minutes is an attraction.” When I showed up at The Market Café and saw the small, round tables where my “dates” were to take place, I calmed my nerves by reminding myself I was playing a game of Truth or Dare, and only picking “truth.” For those who can’t fathom the idea of holding a conversation with a complete stranger, Davis provides cheat-sheets to help steer the discussion.
She came to a dinner that Davis hosted, and on that first night met the man she now calls her husband.
“It was one of those Kodak moments,” the retired naval officer enthused.
Each pays 0 for a lifetime membership, which allows them to participate in the events.
Although she says people initially join in hopes of meeting a mate, Davis likes to emphasize to her members the fun of being single.
It never occurred to me that people actually speed dated, let alone in small-town Chico.