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One thing I’d say about Minneapolis is that if you’ve slept with one girl, you know 10 guys she’s slept with, and half of them are your friends, and vice versa for women with guys – that’s just the way it is.You’re not going to worry as much because, ‘Oh, it’s Minneapolis.’ So you can’t harbor hate.” Now I’m not sure where Garrett spends his time going out on the weekends, or who he typically hangs out with, but I certainly don’t know 10 people that the guy I’m sleeping with now has slept with.Leave that to the ‘Chads’ and ‘Brads.’ What about areas of Minneapolis other than uptown and downtown? I’ve spent many a night on the West Bank, at the Nomad or the Triple Rock, where the recently ended Tuesday two-for-ones night led many a wanton drunk astray to a backdrop of pounding rap songs.

(In this case, I’m not saying ‘hipster’ like its a bad thing).

Nearby Memory Lanes hosts local bands who provide a soundtrack for punk rock bowling.

I really don’t think these guys are looking for someone to hide inside with all winter drinking hot chocolate and catching up on literature.

I think they just want a quick one-night-stand who leaves in the morning without interrupting their fantasy football.

In fact, I’m not so sure I’ve even met any of the other women he’s slept with in the past. That isn’t to say that, walking down 1st Avenue on a Saturday night, you won’t see tons of practically naked women, teetering in sky-high heels, lurching from clubs such as Aqua towards Pizza Luce on 3rd Street for a drunken slice of pizza after bar close.

Granted, I have been in recent situations where the person I was sleeping with had slept with one or maybe even two people I was acquainted with or even considered friends. You may, however, be watching this scene from venues like the recently opened Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, on 3rd Street. Just an eclectic collection of friends and strangers alike, enjoying affordable drinks and good music.The writer of the article ventured to a couple of popular uptown bars to conduct his research, namely Mortimers and the C. The patrons he spoke to at Mortimers (which I guess does have okay pinball machines) dismissed the downtown nightlife scene as “characterized by cocktails and women in short sequined skirts.” What they neglected to mention is the vibrant scene downtown at First Avenue, where friends and I have gone to purchase many affordable mixed drinks and bottles of cheap champagne while having an amazing time seeing live acts such as The Kills, Wavves, James Blake, Animal Collective and Crystal Castles, as well as many local bands and hip hop artists like P. But what also isn’t mentioned anywhere in the article is the gay and lesbian dating scene, at places like the Gay 90’s club.In fact, the only kind of dating mentioned in the article goes on between a man and a woman.Minneapolis is home to an abundance of underground venues, which I won’t name in this article, where people go to dance, drink, see live music, meet and mingle. A couple weeks ago, at Honey in Northeast Minneapolis for the DJ night House Proud, I was dancing next to a friend of mine.There are places in Northeast like the Vegas Lounge, a great spot for karaoke, and Psycho Suzi’s, where a friend of mine, who also goes to MCTC, says he would most likely go when looking to meet potential dates. Anyway, there are some aspects of the article that I have to agree with. A clean-cut dude in his early twenties, wearing a polo shirt and drunken smile, approached me.By Sarah Stanley-Ayre I recently stumbled across a New York Times article, published in early October, attempting to detail the Minnesota nightlife and dating scene. Hip, With a Bit of ‘Minnesota Nice,’” depicts our city as a metropolis teeming with hipsters who migrated here from the suburbs and who, despite yearning for a long-term, serious relationship, settle instead for nights of hard drinking at various bars in uptown and short-lived casual romantic encounters.It also laments the looming threat of an increasing presence of “Chads and Brads,” described as “a guy wearing a polo, like the ‘Jersey Shore’ look.” What is Minnesota nice, anyway? The article quotes 27 year-old bouncer and construction worker Garrett Heins, as saying, “Everybody knows everybody.Are straight people the only people who are dating in Minneapolis?I’ve spent nights out dancing with friends at the Gay 90’s, which often offers dollar drink specials.Many of us are naturally inclined to reach out to old flames in preparation for the long, cold months to come. I’m sad that this article gives the impression that the only way you can meet someone is if you’re out drinking somewhere.I’d rather meet a really interesting, intriguing guy in one of my classes, or strike up a conversation with the mystery man sitting in Espresso Royale reading Infinite Jest.

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