As in, I conveniently forgot their names.)Rewind two weeks: I'm hanging out with some girlfriends and one of them mentions how she saw a groupon-like deal for speed dating.

It is a January evening, Friday the 13th — a nightmare dating scenario.

Five minutes prior to the start of a speed-dating program called “Drawn to You” at the El Segundo Museum of Art, organizer Chelsea Hogan confides that no men have RSVP’d.

Speed-dating singles were supposed to use short drawing exercises as their ice breakers at El Segundo Museum of Art. Speakers in the gallery rock low strains of a romantic playlist including “True” by the 1980s new wave band Spandau Ballet, and fragrant perfume drifts through the air. as the awkward truth of the situation dawns on the women.

Eight women mill about the museum lobby, carefully dressed and nervously snacking on a cheese and veggie platter laid out beside bottles of Champagne and wine.

Participants can come alone without feeling out of place; alternatively it is something that women who like to go out in groups can do together.

Because the matching itself happens after the event, people do not feel pressured to select or reject each other in person.

So, to be perfectly honest, I don't think I met my soul mate at speed-dating (I can feel the disappointment in all of your eyes), but I did come out of it with new friends and a renewed appreciation for people with superb conversational skills. In case you are interested in trying out this lark, here's the link: great that you are curious about trying speed dating.

Successful online entrepreneur and speed dating maverick Anoush Lauren is the owner of Speed LA Date. tended to be more about function rather than a fun night out, set in coffee shops and less-than-chic restaurants. We did away with name-tags, whistles, and over-the-top party trimmings while offering the hottest spots in town to meet others.

Today I am, because I make the rules and I can change them if I want to. Uh, because I went speed dating this week, and chances are, you're probably curious about what that is/whether it was fun and if you should try it, and I've got your back. (Note: I've taken measures to protect the some of the innocent, stupid, and/or ridiculous people I met last night.

Also, this story involves complete strangers, and therefore, is unlikely to come back to haunt me.

On the other hand, feedback and gratification are delayed as participants must wait a day or two for their results to come in.