Monday, September 11, 2006

My Reality

I had just completed an episode of A Different World on dvd when I wondered which character I was most like in college. Then I wondered why that wasn’t a blog meme and who I could write to in order to get one established. Then the harsh reality hit me: I have no life.

Sure, I have this fabulous job that I love (yeah, right), I’m pursuing a master’s degree and I spend my free time either working out or hanging with a close-knit group of friends. Yet there are too many days when I come home from work, eat my dinner and count the number of times I blink. I can’t remember the last time I had a date. Actually, I can remember, but I’d rather not go into it here. I wonder how much my life would change if I had a boyfriend. So I started down a path I’ve treaded before – online dating.

The first site I tried was pretty extensive. I don’t want mention its real name, so I’ll just call it eNarmony. I saw the commercials of all the happy married couples and the guy with the glasses that claims to be an expert in love. The site seems easy enough. I’m required to answer a series of statements about my personal characteristics and rate them on a scale of 1 to 7, which translates into not at all, somewhat and very. I went through statements like – I’m ambitious, I like to look at people of the opposite sex, my beliefs make me a better person, etc. Whew! It was a lot of work. Finally, when I got done all that, the web site people told me I was only 15 percent through the questionnaire. Interesting. Was I willing to go any further with this? Hell no!

Then I stumbled on another site, Hatch. I’ve been there before. It’s so easy to keep my profile the same and grab my credit card. But some things have changed from my previous profile. For starters, my picture. I have short hair now and in the picture I have long hair. I have to find someone with a digital camera to take a new picture of me. That sounds a lot easier than it actually is. I can’t really go up to random people and ask them to take my picture and then email it to me. I have considered asking my coworker to do it, since she’s taken up photography as a hobby. But then she’ll wonder why I insist on looking perfect in the photo and I don’t have time for her endless questions. So I’m back to square one.

Things shouldn’t be this hard. Why can’t it just be easy to meet someone? I mean, Mom and Dad were childhood sweethearts. Mom met my stepdad through work. My aunt met my uncle at a club. My cousin met her man through rehab. Nice, simple scenarios! At this rate, I’ll tell my kids that I met their father after he left a comment on my myspace page or winked at me on Hatch. Sigh. It’s hard out here for a chick.


Juicy77 said...

Girl, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I understand where you're coming from though. I can answer one question for you:
"I wonder how much my life would change if I had a boyfriend."

Instead of sitting at home alone and counting how many times you blink, you would sit at home with the bf counting how many times you blink...or better yet, counting how many times HE blinks. Or you could call a friend up and drag them into one of your disagreements a la "Gayle." See where I'm going with this? :o)

Strength/Courage/Wisdom said...

Good point, Juicy!
It's not so much that I want a boyfriend, it's just that I want somebody to hang out with. The other day, I was reading a magazine while the football game was on and I couldn't help but laugh. I thought, 'this would be the part where my man would be rubbing my feet, or ignoring me because the game is on.'

MotownRunnerGirl said...

hi honey!!! hm. i too wonder about this whole thing quite a bit. but here's the thing, my last long-term relationship practically landed me in an insane asylum. i am still licking my wounds. there is nothing better in the world than not having that insanity in my life. but yes, i know, this is a little bit off point. as you know, i have been on hatch for some months now. it is a huge gamble. but at least you get some amusement, some dates, and some of them are even more interesting than blinking. go on hatch. take a new picture. and if nothing else, you'll have great fodder for blog entries in the future bc some of these people are crazzeeee. and who knows, you might find someone you like to hang with too...

Reese The Law Girl said...



This post was hi-larious. I tried to do that eNarmony thing before and about 15 minutes into it, I gave up too. Just not for me- waaayyy to many questions!

Anyways, I've been thinking I need a boyfriend to take me out places and go to basketball games with me. I don't understand why said boyfriend can't just appear right in front of me. Why I got to do all this work to find him?

I'm so lazy that I think I would rather count how many times I blink then actually try to find a BF. ;)