Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A single girl walks into a bar. . . . Okay, so what happens next? Well, I’m going to tell you, because that’s my life, and that’s what this column is all about. No, the column won’t only be about the bar scene (I do other things, too . . . well, sometimes), but it will definitely focus on being single, particularly in Baltimore. In my opinion, being single is something worth celebrating. You just have to have the right outlook in order to enjoy the party.
How many times have I met someone at a bar, we’re getting along great, maybe having a few laughs, when the dreaded question comes up: Why are you still single? Ugh! That drives me crazy! While I’m sure it’s meant as a compliment, it always seems to imply that there is something wrong with me. (A social defect perhaps?) What about those of us who have chosen to stay single until we meet someone who is worth settling down with? Is that really such a far-fetched concept?
Let’s take a look at my life. I am 33 years old, never been married, no children, and not currently in a committed relationship. Yes, my goals for the future do include a husband and family of my own, but I want it to be right. I know what I want and refuse to settle for less. In the meantime, I am far from alone: great friends to go out with and a great family to make sure I keep a good head on my shoulders.
But don’t you get lonely, you might ask? To which I say: Have you truly experienced Baltimore yet? Every night of the week offers something fun and exciting to do. Don’t believe me? Take a peek at my schedule on a normal week.
Sundays: Nacho Mama’s for margaritas and Fins for dancing in Canton Square.
Mondays: Trivia at Field House.
Tuesdays: Two-fer Tuesday ($2 drafts, 2-for-1 shots, and $2 crabs) at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood.
Wednesdays: Mist for dancing and free sushi, then over to The Horse You Came In On Saloon in Fells Point for Ladies Night.
Thursdays: Mosaic and Angels Rock Bar at Power Plant Live!.
Fridays: Fashion Fridays at Milan in Little Italy and The Get Down in Fells Point.
Saturdays: The China Room. . . .
And that’s a slow week! (LOL)
So Baltimore, do you think you can keep up with the Baltimore Bachelorette? Each month, we will tackle a new topic in single city (things like ladies nights, my best bar-etiquette tips, and how Facebook has changed the way we date in the 21st century). And since I’m not the only single in this city, I want to hear from you. (You can friend me on my Facebook page; I promise I’ll accept.) And remember, being single doesn’t mean being alone. At the very least, you’ve got the Baltimore Bachelorette right here with you!
This column is dedicated to Kiela Ryan, in loving memory.