“Plllleassse come out with me!” Emily begged. I shot her a look of death. I was sitting in my dorm room, in my pjs, with crumpled-up tissues surrounding me. A cup of Thera-flu glued to my hand. “You cannot be serious?” I asked. “But I want to go to the Cellar!” she whined. I locked eyes with her and proceeded to sneeze four times in a row. She looked at me and scowled. “Go by yourself, Emily. That place will be crawling with people. You’ll have a great time.” She looked at me as if I had two heads. “Go ALONE?!” she shrieked. “Only losers go anywhere alone!”
This past Sunday, I saw a flyer for a blind wine tasting that was taking place later that evening at one of my favorite spots in Arlington, Northside Social. Northside Social is this laid back coffee & wine bar that also serves as an art gallery for local artists. Its’ wines are fabulous and its’ coffee even more so! I was telling my Mama about it and she interrupted me, asking which date I was taking with me. “No date,” I said. “Well, which friend is going?” “No friend,” I replied. “Who is going with you, Rita?” “No one!” I looked at her. She was looking at me like I had two heads.
While I was looking forward to it, I now had a different reason behind my visit to Northside Social that evening. I was on a mission to prove that it is entirely possible to go somewhere, completely alone, and have just as a great of a time – if not more so – as if you went with friends. I wrote about this back in April but, I’ll be completely honest, after a few months surrounded by my friends, members of Singles in the Suburbs and, of course, 35 dates, I had lost sight of how great “going it alone” can be at times.
Single-ability rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 Rita being the least “solo friendly social scene”