Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Comic Con speed dating can be a riddle

TAMPA

The Riddler looked me square in the eye and gave me the best dating advice I'd heard in months. • "You dress up as Catwoman, and you'll never be single again," he said, dressed as the Batman villain in a green hat and matching suit. • I kicked myself for not grabbing my cat mask from last Halloween.

I had never speed dated before, but when I saw Tampa Bay Comic Con was offering sessions, it seemed a unique opportunity. Forty of us — 20 men and 20 women — spent three minutes with each other wearing name tags that identified our gender (M or F) and a number (1-20). We talked about our favorite comic characters, our day jobs, our reasons for speed dating.

"I'm just tired of being single at 36," said M-6, a Hulk fan with a messenger bag to show it.

I told him I had the opposite problem, that I had spent the last few years as a serial girlfriend, jumping from relationship to relationship until a few months ago. And since then, I've realized that I, a 21-year-old reporter who literally talks to people for a living, have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to dating.

This became apparent with M-11, dressed as Great Saiyaman from Dragon Ball Z. I shook his hand, complimenting his white pleather gloves.

"Actually, they're goat skin," he said.

Um, my mistake.

Needless to say, he wasn't one of the men who gave me his phone number at the end. Only five did.

A 25 percent success rate isn't too bad, until I realized that just one of the five guys I gave my number to gave me his back: The Riddler.

After a few texts back and forth, he told me he was going back for speed dating round two that night because during the first session he "got three numbers including one from a cute reporter lol."

And cheers to you, Riddler. Because it seems to me from this experience that the first step of this whole dating thing is to put yourself out there. Even if the conversations fall flat or fizzle out, at least you tried.

As I was walking to my car, I made small talk with a man in a Spider-Man shirt. Before we parted ways, he pulled out his phone.

"I don't mean to be forward here, but can I get your number or email address?"

Sure, Spider-Man shirt. You sure can.

Contact Kathryn Varn at (352) 754-6114 or [email protected] Follow @kathrynvarn.

Comments
Donít call it a comeback: Jonny Venters return to majors with Rays much more than that

Donít call it a comeback: Jonny Venters return to majors with Rays much more than that

BALTIMORE — First, think of what you were doing on Oct. 5, 2012, and how much has happened in your own world since then.That will give you a time frame.Next, think of the challenge of rehabbing from two Tommy John surgeries and a third procedur...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning to face Bruins in East semifinals

Lightning to face Bruins in East semifinals

The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night and will face the Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals beginning Saturday at Amalie Arena.Here is the semifinal schedule:Saturday: at Tampa, 3...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 25

Wednesdayís scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 5, Shorecrest 4SoftballClass 6A, District 6 Semifinal: Springstead 10, Citrus 0
Updated: 4 hours ago
Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

TAMPA – This is the Rubiks Cube of NFL drafts. It can be twisted and turned it in any direction. Not many know how everything will line up.For the Bucs, the puzzle is simple.  Since they have the No. 7 overall pick, they need four quarterb...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Softball: Boca Ciega edges Tarpon Springs for 6A-9 title

Softball: Boca Ciega edges Tarpon Springs for 6A-9 title

DUNEDIN — It's hard to believe that we'll see a more emotional, more exciting game than this one throughout the rest of the postseason.Top seed Tarpon Springs and No. 2 Boca Ciega were fearless with the Class 6A-9 title on the line Wednesd...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Rays Journal: A win over ex-mate Cobb, and in a record way

BALTIMORE – The Rays knew there would be all kinds of mixed feeling seeing longtime former teammate Alex Cobb pitching against them in Orioles orange.And they made sure he didn't enjoy it.The Rays knocked Cobb out in the fifth inning, and rolle...
Updated: 6 hours ago
VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

WASHINGTON ó White House physician Ronny Jackson has grown frustrated with the nomination process to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs and has told colleagues he may remove his name from consideration, two White House officials with knowledge o...
Updated: 6 hours ago
A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors arenít happy.

A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors arenít happy.

CLEARWATER ó The first thing John Trevena noticed about his new neighbors was the color of their house: Pepto-Bismol pink.It didnít worry Trevena, a criminal defense lawyer who moved into the three-bedroom rental home next door in 2015."I knew it was...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

LAND OíLAKES ó Kayla PeŮa filled up her water bottle then returned to her lunch table at Sunlake High School when she heard a commotion in the cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon.A female student was riled up, walking back and forth, PeŮa said, screaming ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Updated: 8 hours ago