Love at the Last Minute

By Rachel Martin

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Many people went speed dating Monday night to try and find a last minute Valentine.

It might be the day before, but it's never too early to find a Valentine.

“We're going to try and make some love connections,” said Courtney Jones, Marketing and Activities Coordinator for Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant.

Jones says you never know what you’ll get into at “The Lube”, but Monday night, the wings shop was serving up speed dating, complete with balloon animals, goodies and a chocolate fountain.

“We’re doing this the day before so they have someone for Valentine’s Day,” Jones said.

Michael says he just moved to Fort Wayne. He says he saw a flyer about speed dating last week while dining and decided to see what “Fort Wayne has to offer.”

“I didn't know speed dating was real. I just saw it in the movies, the movie "Hitch,” Michael admitted. “But, it’s cool. It’s a good experience and a chance to meet new people.”

But this was the real deal, with 40 daters ready to make a love connection. Each dater was given three minutes to talk and a score card to help keep track of who they liked the best. At the sound of the siren the men had to get up and walk to their next date.

“It does take quite a bit of courage to do speed dating,” Jones explained. “It’s always awkward the first date and then after that it turns into you can’t get them out of their seats!”

Several people told Indiana’s NewsCenter they participated because it was something different. Others, like Dan, say they came because someone dragged them there.

“My little brother signed me up when I was in Kansas, and then I brought my other little brother with me. I said, ‘if I’m going, you’re going.’” Dan laughed.

He says there’s a “possibility” he could be contacting a few ladies after tonight, but he’s not sure because three minutes isn’t a very long time.

“I got a lot of names and basic information,” he said. But Jones says three minutes is plenty of time to make connection.

“Sometimes it’s too long!” Jones laughed. “Five minutes is just a little too long if you’re not that into someone, but three minutes you can evaluate whether or not they’re your type or if they seem to be the kind of person you like.”

Norma says her friend found the person of her dreams while speed dating. “She went down to Marion and did speed dating, and about four months later they got married,” she said. “I actually had some things in common with somebody younger which I never really considered before.”

That just goes to show, it’s very possible to find love at the last minute. “Someone will probably end up going home with a couple phone numbers tonight,” Jones assured.

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