When I was approached to do "The Millionaire Matchmaker," I said yes because my style of dealing with people is very similar to Patti's –- I tend to relate best to people who are in your face, straight up New York style, tell it like it is, what you see is what you get, give tough love, etc. I figured if anyone can work their magic for me, it was Patti, and thus I decided to embark on this adventure and look for "love" on reality TV.
I'll never forget the day I met Patti. She was exactly what I expected, and yet, I still don't think I had enough coffee that morning for the whirlwind that is Patti Stanger. During my first meeting with Patti, she made it very clear that I am not all that, I need to get over myself, I am a superficial bitch, I have a self inflated ego and incorrect perception of myself, and I am going to die alone if she didn't shrink my head and teach me to give people more of a chance and not dismiss them so readily based on physical appearance and my "long checklist."
I mean, do looks count? Yes. Are they everything? No. I KNOW that -– I GET it. I think Patti oversimplified the reasons as to why I am single by overestimating my supposed superficiality and "checklist" and underestimating my ability to find the right outgoing, yet laid back, mainstream (for lack of a better word), yet offbeat, smart, educated, and successful, yet not boastful of such accomplishments, who can go to a black tie function one night, yet drink cheap beer out of can in a dingy bar the next, personality match. Am I, to quote Ms. Stanger, overly judgmental, critical, and analytical? Maybe, but aren't most New Yorkers? Don't all New Yorkers want the best of everything? Isn't that why we live here? Does the fact that I may or may not be all of these things negate the fact that I am also a fun, happy, nice, kind-hearted (in my OWN way) person?
One way in which Patti tried to break me of my judgmental, superficial, and critical ways is by having me be "made under." Did wearing a fat suit and parading my ass through Times Square in the heart of rush hour teach me anything? All I can say is, I am a very self aware person. I am not saying I am perfect. Believe me, I, like any human being, have many flaws. I am way too set in my ways and need to learn that having control all the time is impossible and actually not at all fun. I need to learn that no one requires me to be perfect all the time except myself, and the only person I am hurting by holding myself up to ridiculously high standards is myself. Yes, I, like everyone else, have flaws but a lack of self awareness is not one of them. Thus, I am not sure I learned anything new in the fat suit experience I didn't already know before.
And then there was the mixer, the boys, the mini-dates and, ultimately, my one master date. The mixer was a blast -– who wouldn't like a party thrown in your honor where you can meet 20 or so eligible bachelors? Destin and Rachel provided great guidance during the mixer, and I appreciate them making sure things ran smoothly. As far as my actual dates, well, let's see, I'm STILL single, so what more needs to be said? Okay, yes, I did say I hate people on my date. Do I always mean everything that comes out of my mouth? Hell no! Do I hate all people? Come on now. Do I think it's a funny thing to say and something I say often -– YES. Besides, I think all self-respecting New Yorkers say they hate people at times. Don't they?
The ONLY regret I have is that the mixer went by so fast and was such a whirlwind. I honestly didn't know who to choose for my dates, and there seemed to be a lot of great guys there that I wish I got a chance to talk to more. Patti, hook me up! Or find me on Facebook. David is spelled D-A-V-I-D and Yontef is spelled Y-O-N-T-E-F.
The experience was a blast more than anything else. I look forward to many more similar experiences and want to thank Patti Stanger, Rachel, Destin, Andreea, all of the producers, casting and all of the other people at Bravo who were involved for making this a fun, interesting memorable experience.