Plenty of Midtown Fish in the Sea

By Becky Larson,

How often do you meet a Midtowner whose mother’s cousin’s wife works with you?  Or whose father’s best friend dated your mom back in high school?

Forget six degrees of separation.  In Midtown, it’s more like two degrees at best.

This is part of the reason we love it here and feel so connected to one another.  It’s not at all unheard of to stop in at a nearby restaurant, bar or art gallery and run into someone you know in some way, shape or form.  As great as it can be to feel like one big happy Midtown family most of the time, it can also make the dating world a bit challenging and interesting for single Midtown men and women.

I, like many single Midtowners, have been on my fair share of first dates.  Although not always successful they are always entertaining and I typically leave at the very least having a good story to share.  But when you live in a community of acquaintances and mutual friends you begin to realize how truly small the world is and it begs the question…in a close-knit community like Midtown, does one date become one too many?

We all have our favorite go-to locations in downtown/midtown.  So, let’s say hypothetically speaking, you go on multiple first dates with several different people at this go-to spot.  The bartender at this venue is a neighbor of your co-workers.  You can probably imagine where this could and probably will go.  Rumors start to fly that you’re either a one-date wonder or clearly having a very good time with numerous individuals and before you know it you’re in the middle of a real-life melodrama.

Another Midtown scenario you all too often hear about is meeting someone who seems to be your perfect match.  Halfway through the first date you’re sure the two of you are meant to be only to find out a week later this person was once hot and heavy with your best friend’s sister.  To top it off, they conveniently still live next door to one another in a cozy Midtown apartment.  Again, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where this is heading.

Don’t fret.  Just because you love and live in Midtown doesn’t mean you’re doomed.  Dating is like anything else in life and if at first you don’t succeed try, try again.  In a world as intertwined as ours can be in Midtown it’s important to keep your mind and options open.  It may be a small world after all but there are still plenty of Midtown fish in the sea.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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  2. Great post! I think most of Sacramento can feel small from time to time, not just midtown. I seem to run into people who know someone who knows me in various parts of this city and I don’t think I know many people. Dating is challenging enough without suddenly yet innocently becoming fodder for the rumor mill.

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