FastForward is a column documenting the nighttime scene in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the club; it's that one moment in a conversation you hope you'll remember the next morning.
via Tate's Facebook page
For hundreds of suburban-dwelling, self-proclaimed nerds, Friday night's first-ever singles mixer at Tate's Comics in Lauderhill was an action-packed evening of mingling, avoiding eye contact, standing in line, and magical, matchmaking unicorns.
The Tate's staff running the show had expected a decent turnout of around 50 for their new event. They weren't expecting the nearly 300 folks who filled up both levels of the store -- the main floor and the Bear and Bird Gallery upstairs -- for a chance to find love. A line snaked from the entrance through the store and around the several sections of comics, vinyl toy collectibles, and Japanese candies. People who'd reached the end of the line, where they got to fill out a registration form highlighting their interests and pin a big purple button to their shirts, said they'd been waiting over an hour to make it to the front.More »