Views from Fiona: Blind Dates and Valentine

Views from Fiona: Blind Dates and Valentine


By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: February 11, 2006


The search for love can cause pressure on singles especially those running to beat the February 14th deadline. Some men and women are bold enough to go out and forage in the singles market and get a date. Others rely on family and friends to set them up. Then there are downright cowards who take the easy option that of a blind date courtesy of the tabloid Red Pepper or the Lonely Hearts section in City Beat a New Vision monthly pull-out. Inside City Beat the last three pages are dedicated to lonely hearts and the ad goes like "I am Mark, 30, searching for a beautiful girl to share my life with, she should be well educated and ready to settle. Write to mark at markley@gmail.com or call 0752123456."

The phenomenon of blind dates is an old age practice. It involves two individuals meeting for the first time. In Uganda the practice has caught on like a bush fire, especially around the Saint Valentine's Day. Radio stations and some hotels have joined the fray to link up people on blind dates. But what the heck is this all about?

Ronnie Ssempangi, the capital FM late date show presenter has often times said he has connected over 1.000 couples on blind dates and he reckons the success or failure relies on few key principles. The couple should meet away from each others' homes, preferably a neutral ground, and both parties should not have expectations and should prepare for the date mentally.

Mukwawa Denis [not real names] confessed that when he was connected on one of the radio stations with a babe for a blind date. Through their many phone calls he formed an opinion that she must be a 'Halle Berry' look alike. At the actual meeting he was blown away- the wrong way. He was horrified by her wardrobe choice. She wore platform blocks, her pair of pants were the remnants of the ABBA gear last used when performing at Waterloo. He was thoroughly put off and couldn't fathom how he was going to get through the date. Promptly at 11pm, he dropped her home and the next day changed his phone number lest she got ideas about another date.

For Lydia she always looks on with horror whenever blind dates are discussed. On Valentine's her blind date arrived in Rhino Bar, Sheraton all doled up. Things were ok to begin with until it was meal time. She confesses they guy had no table manners. He was drooling at the next couple and generally paying little attention. When they got to their room there was nothing like preamble. The guy wanted to jump start her. She grabbed her bag and hurriedly exited. The rest is history.

The city is red wherever you pass with Valentine decorations and gifts but what is the hullabaloo about this Valentine craze? I mean must everybody have a date? And why suffer a night out with a total stranger in name of love? Actually a few guys I know have learnt the art, especially those double-timing. They set the plot in order to give all their babes 'open time'. A workmate of mine on last year's valentine received four bouquets of flowers and we all know he is a married man and I cheekily commented on his wife having outdone herself. The guy was real uncomfortable. An old English adage goes like 'liars/players have good memories'.

Folks have a wonderful Valentine's and make sure you don't get caught!

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: February 11, 2006
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