Since I’ve written several articles on online dating, I figured what the heck, I might as well give it a shot. After all, it can’t possibly be worse than my current system which is meeting guys in bars after one too many vodka tonics and yelling over loud music. But turns out, my bad luck in dating perfectly translates to the Internet. I’ve gone on two dates thus far, and because of these two dates, I’m terrified to attempt a third, even if a third time is supposed to be a charm.
The first guy was nice enough – and very good looking. We met for drinks and then went to see a movie. Conversation was great up until we started talking about our jobs. Have you ever seen the movie Hitch? That’s what he does. He is a “consultant” who helps men meet and date women. But unlike Will Smith’s character, there is no line of dignity … if the client just wanted to get laid, they’d help them do that. (turns out there’s a huge market for that). Needless to say, I refused to be worked over by a professional so there was no second date.
The next guy shot to the top of my “weirdest dates ever” list within an hour. He first charmed me by breaking out a deck of cards and doing magic tricks. I’ve always been a skeptic with magic, but he was somehow turning queens into 7’s as I was holding the card in my hand, it was pretty surreal. And then he levitated. Yes, levitated. Right there on the blanket in the middle of Central Park, floating a little over a foot off the ground. He told me that all you had to do was know how to channel energy and manipulate it.
After the flying man routine, I was too freaked out to see what else he had to pull out of his magic hat (he claimed that he could also read minds), and I mumbled some excuse about having to feed my cat.
I’m thinking that the website choice may have something to do with the types of people on there. I went with a free service site, not quite ready to have a monetary commitment for the first go, but I’m curious if I had done a more popular (albeit costly) site, would my experience have been better?
I guess there’s only one way to find out.
If you’ve tried online dating, have you ever had a strange experience? Do you think the site that you use plays a role in the type of people that you meet?
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