I have a confession to make. It's something I'm a bit embarrassed about, even though I told myself I was partly doing it so I could blog about it. I guess that may have been an excuse though, because it started sometime in May and ended (badly) in August, yet I still haven't gotten around to writing about it. Don't judge me now, okay? Promise? Pinky swear? Alright, here goes: for a little over two months, I was a member of an online dating site, and even went out with about six dudes that I met through that site.
I'm still single, so I guess you can surmise how well that endeavor turned out. I was a bad blogger and didn't take detailed notes or record any specifics in order to document the undertaking...hell, I don't even remember all of the dude's names, having only gone on more than one date with two of them.
My first Internet date was with a cute, older graphics designer who looked strikingly like a fit Simon Pegg. He was one of the first guys to contact me after I created my profile, which I wish I had saved cause, god damn, it was witty. A cute user pic and a the blanks filled in with "earth", "wind" and "pizza" in the required user description of "I am *blank*, *blank* and *blank*" assured me a slew of nerdy dudes vying for my attention.
I couldn't believe how nervous I was before this first date, considering I had gotten to know this guy over numerous emails for a week or two beforehand, and had no doubt I would like him. Internet dating horror stories of people looking nothing like their photos in person and worrying that we'd have nothing to talk about plagued me until I opened the door and found a handsome man waiting to take me out and show me a good time. He was sweet, interesting, and funny, but I didn't really feel any connection between us, and when I went on my first date with the next guy and felt actual sparks fly, I knew that #1 was destined to be a single date only.
Date #2 made up for his lack of height with his tremendous silent poise, which made my heart race a bit when I first saw him walk up to me at our intended meeting spot at the Fairfax flea market. His bright blue eyes were piercing and even more dramatic because the rest of his face was hidden behind an unruly beard (something I'm quite fond of). We went on quite a few dates before I realized that his silent poise was almost impossible to crack, so I moved on.
In between date #2 and my final date, there are a slew of nice, charming, attractive guys who had interesting, promising careers and seemed genuinely interested in me...none of whom I felt any connection to or impulse to get to know better. I must say that going on date after date with guys of this caliber and feeling NOTHING in the way of flutter in your heart or fire in your loins can start to make a girl feel like there is absolutely no hope for her, and that she might as well resolve herself to a life of feline companions and solo romps with her vibrator.
By the time my last first dates rolled around - the second to last being a cute but nerdy motorcycle aficionado with a passion for falafels - I got myself ready with less enthusiasm than I can muster even for the gym. I smudged some makeup over my face, donned an acceptable outfit, and trudged to our designated falafel-eating meeting spot, bemoaning the loss of that wonderful nervous feeling one is supposed to experience when dating. He was nice, I was charming, neither of us bothered contacting the other after our first date.
My online dating life ended with a mean, 3 a.m. drunken voicemail from the very last of the contenders who wanted an explanation as to why "Los Angeles girls suck". Sadly, I couldn't give him that explanation, and we went our separate ways. He was a funny, intelligent Ira Glass-look-alike from Chicago who was going to school for a noble profession. He was so right on paper, but I realized I had dodged a bullet by following my gut and ending things with him when he left me that message.
I took my profile down the next day.
I'm blissfully, happily single again.
Have you ever gone on an Internet date? Tell me your happy and/or horror stories!!!