OKC First Impressions for Online Dating Meet-Up

Last night a friend we’ll call “Heather” asked me at 5pm through Facebook instant messaging for any advice where to take her new “gentleman caller” to have a good time and show off the city.

The pizza ovens at the Wedge from the Wedge’s website.

It’s very common these days for single people to meet someone online that lives in another city. The dating services narrows down your choices of “suitors.” You take the bold move to begin the conversation via email. Maybe you Skype or do a Google Plus hangout. Then it’s decided to meet in person. Doesn’t matter if it’s the boy going to meet the girl or reverse or if the home city is more fun than the other city, you just need to have the first meeting.
For the hosting suitor the panic begins: “Where am I going to take them to show the town off?”  We have to also admit the thinking is if you can make make your city look good, it makes you look good. First impressions (in person) are everything for this new age in dating.
So this was my quick thinking advice, based on Leslie’s OKC calendar for Saturday, June 2:
  • You could go to MidTown, have a casual dinner at McNellie’s, Irma’s, Louies, or upscale Italian at Stella then watch all the runners in the Downtown Dash starting at St. Anthony’s hospital. He’ll see the town is athletic with a variety of restaurants and a big hospital and a charming drive through Heritage Hills neighborhood.
  • You could also take part in a little OKC Thunder alley before the game but it does end after the game starts, which is a shame because of you know what but still…
  • If you want to spend some extra $$ head over to Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery on Film Row (which is very pleasant with their new streets and lighting) and go to Sit Stay Art! Super cool atmosphere of artsy/pet people benefiting the homeless pet population.

Then I was out the door to my event – Havana Nights benefiting UpWard Transitions at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. When I got home I asked through Facebook what she ended up doing. They were still on the date. Here was her response: “We had dinner at the Wedge on Western and now we’re having drinks at Picassos in Paseo and all is going great!”

She didn’t take my suggestions, which was fine. I probably offered events that were people watching events when they just needed to focus on each other. The good news? It was a very successful evening for her and Oklahoma City! Do keep us posted “Heather.”

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Leslie’s OKC This Week!

For more details on each event, visit Leslie’s OKC! To help contribute events to Leslie’s OKC, e-mail leslieannspears@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 16

  • 6:00pm – Dean A. McGee Awards, Skirvin Hilton, presented by Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
  • 6:00pm – 3rd Annual Rose Party on the Patio at Wedge on Western
  • 8:30pm – OKC Thunder vs. LA Lakers, Chesapeake Arena

Thursday, May 17

  • 11:30am – SoundBites, Born in November, BOK Plaza
  • 5:00pm – Cocktails on the Skyline, The Broke Brothers, OKCMOA
  • 5:30pm – OKC Happy Hour for May, Lincoln at Central Park Main Clubhouse
  • 6:00pm – Fandango 2012, a benefit for and at Historic Harn Homestead
  • 6:00pm – Wine, Women & Shoes benefit, Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market
  • 7:30pm – The Complete History of Sports (abridged), CityRep Theatre, Civic Center
  • 7:30pm – Wish Me Away, Noble Theater, OKCMOA

Friday, May 18

  • 9:30am – Go Red for Women Luncheon, Cox Renaissance Convention Center
  • 10:00am – Van Halen September 15 concert tickets go on sale
  • 11:00am – Spokies Bike Share Program Kick Off in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Library
  • 5:30pm – Kid with a Bike, Noble Theater, OKCMOA
  • 6:30pm – Memory Gala benefiting Alzheimer’s Assoc, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
  • 7:00pm – In The Mood For Possibilities featuring the Al Good Orchesta, Civic Center Music Hall – Hall of Mirrors
  • 7:30pm – The Complete History of Sports (abridged), CityRep Theatre, Civic Center
  • 8:00pm – MODERN ROCK DIARIES presents, “Rock N’ The Future” Bash!, Blue Note
  • 8:00pm – Kid with a Bike, Noble Theater, OKCMOA

Saturday, May 19

  • Flint Restaurant opening!, Colcord Hotel
  • 9:00am – Hungryman Relay
  • 10:00am – 14th Annual Miller Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour
  • 10:00am – Oklahoma Festival in the Park, Will Rogers Park
  • 11:00am – Get checked out at the Downtown Library, speed dating event
  • 11:30am – McNellie’s Pub Run 2012, starting at McNellie’s Pub
  • 1:00pm – Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival, TapWerks in Bricktown
  • 5:30pm – Kid with a Bike, Noble Theater, OKCMOA
  • 7:00pm – 4th Annual Toast to Life “Aristocrat Party” benefiting Other Options, Inc. Friends Food Pantry, Magnolia Building in Automobile Alley
  • 7:00pm – Bricktown Rotary presents Days of Wine & Rotary, Devon Energy Boathouse
  • 7:00pm – Burlap Tuxedo & Local Honey @ OKC Pride Fest Main Stage, Film Row
  • 7:30pm – The Complete History of Sports (abridged), CityRep Theatre, Civic Center
  • 8:00pm –  Oklahoma City Philharmonic Season Finale // Classics, Civic Center
  • 8:00pm – DISTRACTED – a comedy by Lisa Loomer, Carpenter Square Theatre
  • 8:00pm – Kid with a Bike, Noble Theater, OKCMOA

Sunday, May 20

  • 2:00pm –  Completely Hollywood (Abridged) – CityRep Theatre
  • 2:00pm – All Fired Up! OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Season Finale, Civic Center
  • 6:00pm, OKC Pride Week Parade, the strip on 39th
  • 6:30pm, The FIRST Wine Dinner at WEST (reservations required)