By Sarah Barmak Might 26, 2014
Picture by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
After having a present speed-dating session, Lisa Zimmerman vented on Facebook. “Very embarrassing conversation for 2? mins, ” she published. “Date ends. He turns to girls during the club and claims loudly, ‘Well, that went terribly. ’ ” Zimmerman needs to expose her squeamish dating details online; those are her own rules. Fed up with clubs and Match.com, the Ottawa specialist made a decision to outsource the handling of her intimate life to her buddies. She designed a casino game called YentaQuest, following the Yiddish term for “matchmaker. ”
She revealed the overall game, and its particular guidelines, at a launch celebration in January of a year ago. Participating friends find her times, providing cards pitching the high-spirited, petite brunette to dudes in bars, in the office, even in the grocery line. (The goals should be told concerning the competition. ) The“yenta” gets 10 points—bonus points if the date goes well if Zimmerman scores a date. Profit sufficient points in addition to player gets an award, ordinarily a free supper away. At the launch party, her female buddies gasped at only one guideline: Her limit for resting with some body could be set at eight times.