But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.
So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.
Women will receive padlocks when they arrive at Red Ox and men will get keys.
The Valentine event scheduled last year had to be postponed because of snow.This year, Crook's husband is being deployed on Sunday, the day before Valentine's Day, leaving her with little time to organize the event.The latest face-to-face dating service fad to turn up in Orlando: Lock and Key Events (lockandkeyevents.com).Singles pay a cover charge to meet up in a club where each male gets a key and each woman gets a lock to wear around her neck. The ostensible object of the game is to match them up, but its all just a clever icebreaker.Its better than sitting behind the computer to find your match. The Lock and Key format provides a great ice breaker for people to talk to each other.
Sometimes people dont want to approach someone they are interested in at a club, but at Lock and Key, thats the whole point so there is no awkwardness.
For every match you make, you will be entered to win a raffle prize which include cash, manicures, candles, comedy passes and complimentary admission to future Lock and Key events.
There is no limit on the amount of time you can talk with someone, and you can choose to get a new lock or key after youve made a match.
So says a Harris public opinion poll that cited in awarding us sixth place in that category.
We dropped the ball elsewhere, however, and wound up sneaking into the roster at a modest 27th overall.
We hope that in the future this can happen in Detroit too. Until they met by chance at a birthday party in an Orlando bar, Aaron Bean and Katie Merrigan counted themselves among the thousands of singles in Orlando. If we hadnt met just then, it wouldnt have worked out, says Aaron. The Internet bristles with an arsenal of dating apps and surefire matchmaking algorithms.