Lessons for life
July 1, 2011
Many readers wrote in about our recent online dating column where I shared some details of my brief cyber-dating experience. Here were some of the highlights on Facebook and in e-mail.
"My son met his wife on Match.com and they were married last year," wrote Janine. "They couldn't be more compatible. They took a wedding shot with an umbrella that said 'Thanks Match.com' on it and they had matches at their wedding with that also. I couldn't have asked for a better match for my son!"
"My daughter and her husband met on JDate and the cantor who officiated made their meeting online part of the ceremony," said Teri
"Never underestimate an Internet dater," says Kitty. "They will travel more than 1,000 miles to see you. Most are quite polite, but it kind of blew me away that they are willing to come that far."
"I actually found my husband on Match.com and we've been married five years now," says Kathie. "I probably went on over 100 dates before I met him. My husband was my last date before I was ready to remove my profile. The line in his profile that got me was, 'Bugs need love too.' (He works as an exterminator.) He used good grammar and complete sentences. He didn't send me any full frontal nudes (yes, I received some of those) or penis shots (yup, got those too). He wasn't my usual type, but I figured I didn't have anything to lose. We had a child a year ago and on July 14 we will celebrate our 7th dating anniversary. He's the love of my life. I kissed a lot of frogs and went out on some horrendous first dates before I met him."
While many of our readers shared Kathie's positive experience, the most incredible stories came from a man named Frank who had so many dating disasters, he could (and should) write a book. Here are a handful of his encounters:
"To date I met one women whose ex was a mortician and after they had their fourth child, proclaimed to her that he was gay, always was gay, and is leaving her for his gay lover," he wrote. "She told me about this on our third date and was so upset after telling me that she couldn't stop crying and we had to leave before dinner was served … I took her home and she ran out of the car saying she just wasn't ready to date yet. One would think that after 10 years it would put a little distance between it, but I guess not in this case."
But wait — there's more.
"I met another women who claimed to be a multiple abductee by aliens," Frank adds. "How do you segue into another topic after a proclamation like that? And is that really proper first date talk?"
Probably not, Frank.
"There was a nurse who got a DUI on our third date, which she turned up totally stoned for," he continues. "I tried to sober her up so she could go home, but she proceeded to drive up on the sidewalk and was busted by the police almost immediately. I followed them to the police station and bailed her out finally at 5 a.m. because I felt sorry for her. I drove her home and she calls that same morning asking me to drive her to get her car out of [impound]. Next!"
"I met a [prostitute] who was using Match to build her client base, and no I did not partake of her services," he says. "I seem to attract the 'interesting' people versus the love of my life …
Those are my highlights, Jen. See all of the fun you are going to miss by getting off the site?"
Thanks for sharing, Frank. Based on your stories alone, I think I made the right decision.