Sunday, January 06, 2008

Singles Parties, Jan 4-6, 2008

Well, we survived THE GREAT STORM OF 2008! Bad timing for us to be doing five parties in one weekend.

The worst of the storm was on Friday, Jan 4, when we had our Monterey Singles Convention. I seriously considered cancelling the party, since the weatherman was predicting the worst storm in years, but decided to take a chance and hold the party anyway. I was forced to cancel the DJ, because power was interrupted twice at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and they told me if it happened again they could not supply juice to the DJ. So we reduced the price from $20 to $10 and just had a seminar, no dance. Author Susan Bradley kindly agreed to give the Keynote Address, since Jeannine Kaiser, who was supposed to give the Keynote, did not want to drive under perilous conditions all the way from San Ramon to Monterey. I also skipped the party, since I would be driving down all the way from San Rafael.

Many thanks to Susan Bradley for making it possible for us to hold a scaled down version of the party. She says that the crowd was enthusiastic and had lots of fun.

We have rescheduled the Monterey Bay Singles Convention for Friday, Feb 29, same hotel, same times, same speaker, same topic, same moneyback guarantee. This time we hope we don't have torrential rains, hurricane winds, and frequent power interruptions!

Our other four parties were much better-attended and went extremely well. On Saturday we held our annual Marin Singles Convention at Servino's Ristorante, with a great view of San Francisco, despite the rain. High energy party, great crowd. Author Carlos Xuma did another fine job as keynote speaker for us, discussing "Bridging the Gap Between Men and Women."

We also had two free Single Travel Parties, Saturday afternoon in Sunnyvale, and Sunday afternoon in San Rafael. Very good turnouts, despite the rain. Ann Thomas, Director of The Singles Travel Company, gave entertaining slide presentations about single travel, followed by socializing, drinks, and dinner for those who stayed.

The Grand Finale was our first-ever New Years Resolutions Mixer (our Mixer Game, with prizes to the winners, involves learning about everyone's resolutions) on Sunday, Jan 6, at Kincaid's Restaurant on the Burlingame waterfront. Excellent turnout (again, despite the rain) and the food was terrific (although it ran out all to quickly). We warn people that the food is for those who arrive on time. If you want to be fashionably late, that's ok, but you may not get fed. Some people, unfortunately, don't understand the difference between appetizers and dinner, so often the food doesn't last.

We will do another New Years Resolutions Mixer this coming Tuesday, Jan 8, at a new location for us, Hungry Hunter in Fairfield. Then we return to Sinbad's Restaurant next to the Ferry Bldg along the water in San Francisco for another excellent Lock & Key & Dance Party on Friday, Jan 11. We conclude next weekend with another Wine Tasting & Live Band Dance Party on Saturday, Jan 12 at Alberto's Night Club in Mtn View. Hope this one is as good as the last one!

Details about all the parties at www.ThePartyHotline.com. See you at the parties!

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