Friday, May 13, 2005
7 News Features: Mr. Right...Right Now
We've all heard love stinks. Well if you're tired of looking for that special somebody, maybe it's time to do something about it. Forget blind dates and leaving broken hearted at the bar. In tonight's special assignment report, Diana Diaz is showing us a new way to find Mr. Right... Right Now.
WSVN -- Making the perfect match is an absolutely imperfect process. Just ask Donald Trump - he's been married three times. Larry King - seven times. Elizabeth Taylor - eight times.
But if you're tired of looking for love in all the wrong places, maybe you need to look for a little bit of help. Two websites are promising to put a new spin on the single scene. They're proving when it comes to the power of love; there's power in numbers.
Jill Schneider and Paul Draluck have been dating for 18 months. But they didn't meet by chance. Paul's ex set them up on great boyfriends-dot-com.
Paul Draluck: "My ex contacted me. We have remained friends over the years and asked if I would mind if she posted me on this website."
The Web site works by having any woman - your sister, your mother, your friend - recommend an eligible bachelor and fill out a questionnaire. Is he infernally hot or just nice looking? Is his ego bigger than France or humble as pie? Can he afford a diamond as big as a Ritz cracker or just a fake zircon?
Jill Schneider:"I just thought that's interesting his old girlfriend is posting him on this website."
But not only posting, before Jill could contact Paul, she needed the ex's approval. What makes great boyfriends so great is you get the down and dirty on a guy from the person who knows him best.
Cande Carol, Founder of Great Boyfriends.com: "When a woman recommend a guy to another woman there 's something that makes that recommendation just a little more trust worthy."
Today, Jill and Paul are kissing their single day's goodbye. The couple is now planning a life together.
Jill:"Our relationship has really grown and we have been together now a year a half."
But the way Paul and Jill did it isn't the only way. For others, eight is enough.
On the Web site eight at eight, four women and four men are matched together for dinner.
Jill:"Personally, I would not feel comfortable on a blind date at all. I think there is just too much pressure involved and this is just a much better way to meet people."
No uncomfortable first date here. Eight at eight takes care of everything including dividing up the check and selecting who sits where.
Toni Glerum: 'I try to seat the participants next to someone they are compatible with or at least that I think they are compatible with. We find out later if they are or not."
And if Mr. Right isn't sitting on either side of you - try the person across from you. Eight at eight purposely arranges the table based on age and interests.
Toni: "Its most single professionals who just cant find the time to get out and meet people."
On this night, our singles had no problems meeting and mingling. Everyone felt more relaxed surrounded by more people
Gail: "There were none of these awkward moments when you are waiting for someone to say something."
And there was no waiting to find that loving feeling... At least not for Gail and John.
John: "We certainly talked an awful lot. I could tell you her whole story."
Their love connection could even spur a second date.
Gail: "Theres a lot of chemistry this evening."
While for Beth and Michael, love is also in the air. They hit it off instantly.
Beth: "It was my first time being at one of these events, sat next to her, so not bad."
Not bad at all. This couple's even planning on extending their evening. For them, the night is still young.
Michael: "We are going to have a few more drinks, talk some more, and see where it goes."
The cost of greatboyfriends-dot-com is twenty dollars a month. But for every guy you recommend you get one month free. The cost of eight at eight is five dinners for three hundred fifty dollars.
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