The difficulties associated with meeting someone special are well known and generally unavoidable. Many compound their own dubious prospects with where they choose to look. Internet dating may be overtaking the previous tradition of meeting in bars, though neither produce consistent results, unless you mean consistently tragic. Thus the single-by-circumstance turn to other, more creative outlets. One universal, now timely truth about dating: the love of your life is not waiting for you at Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is a delightful social event. Music festivals, sporting events, holiday parties and concerts are also wonderful places to mingle and enjoy oneself. Embrace the communal spirit, rub elbows with like-interested strangers and celebrate the collective euphoria common to such gatherings. But do not fall prey to the misconception (also common) that because the really cute guy behind you in the beer line likes the same music you do he is automatically good dating stock.
All right, you have something in common, which is not a bad place to start. But what else do you know about this person? Is he drunk? Probably, and if he isn’t, it’s because he just got there. Mere drunkenness is not grounds for dismissal; you are likely drinking too, but examine the situation. Is it wise to take an interest in someone who is looking to hook up while drinking at a drinking festival?
Such behavior, drinking and hooking up, is often habitual. When combined within a single individual it makes him unwise to date. What happens the next time he goes to a concert? Be especially concerned if next time he wants to go without you.
Five years from now do you want to look across the table at your beer swilling husband and wonder why he only shows affection for you when he’s drunk on a crowded dance floor in the presence of Polka music? Want him looks back at you, if he ever does, only to say, through a mouth full of Bratwurst, “What? I was like this when you met me?”
Go to Oktoberfest, absolutely. Life grants too few opportunities to dress like a fool and drink tepid beer from a bucket-sized glass. But go to enjoy the ‘fest itself, and the beer, and music and funny hats. Do not go expecting to meet Mr. Right. He might just be there, sure, but this is not the right time or place to get together, for either of you.
Find a ‘Fest near you, and celebrate with San Diego’s own Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer.