Caught in the World Wide Web
of laughs, lines, and libertines
And, this ain’t no Charlotte’s Web
I am one to peruse Match.com on occasion – okay, twice a day -whether I need to or not.
I have grown accustomed to his smiles. You know – the smiles of the guys in the 40 to 50 year old range.
That’s my milieu, 40-50…Match advises a decade age span to best attract the future date of the month.
If I were to listen to Rayella, in my yoga class, I would subscribe to her theory that all guys on the WWW lie.
She said, “None of the men online are the age they claim to be” She said, “All of them use photos from years ago.”
No, no, say it isn’t so…
I dismissed her pessimism and attributed that dour point of view to her curly red hair and whiny personality…
in addition, she is a size 2, you know what that means-what could she possibly know?
An optimist, and new at the new scene for singles, I hopped aboard the Fun Train of Internet Dating and before I could memorize my new password, 27 men had looked me over and 16 had winked at me.
Well, maybe it was a blink. Could be a nervous twitch. So I started winking, blinking, nodding.The conundrum, is -Socrates asked it first – (Frosh year philosophy)
What is truth?
On my virgin voyage on Craigslist – I posted a flirty ad. I met a man who fianlly admitted he was married (instantly declared null and void)
met one playboy /one dating dabbler, and some very angry people.
…and then were the 40 yr olds and the 65 year olds and then the “photo only” types, the “hit and runs” – mean and caustic remarks posted and then they vanish sans backbone.
I thought: It’s got to get better. And it did. Although, not online.
Best to all of us singles in this quest.
I doff my cap -and quoff my cafe latte – to all those enterprising men and women out there – skating through life – skating on the thin ice of internet dating…
Gina in Burlingame
Dear Gina in Burlingame,
I love this Steve Jobs quote about starting over- see if it fits for you:
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again,
less sure about everything.
It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.