About 4 years ago, I did.
Until a good friend suggested that we try it. I had to admit, I was curious, but wasn’t online dating for hideous losers and people who had something to hide? Wasn’t it only for those who couldn’t get a date ‘old fashioned’ way?
I let my friend talk me into browsing some pictures on one of more popular dating sites. I had to say, there were some pretty decent looking men on there. Their profiles made them sound like fairly mentally stable human beings. I had to admit that single thing was getting really tedious. I had done bar scene (as we all have), had friends try to ‘hook me up’ with some other dateless, picky single person (though, why some of them figured they had right to be picky, I have no idea), with no success.
Online dating, here I come. I figured “What do I have to lose?” At absolute worst, I’d meet more of same type of losers that I’d been meeting. At best, I’d meet someone that I was actually compatible with who could also relate to me.
I had another dilemma with regard to dating thing. I had been divorced for about a year at time, and I have 2 children. Now, I know that you ladies who are divorced with kids can completely relate to what I’m saying here. Finding a decent man is difficult enough, add to that fact that I’m looking for a decent man whom I can trust to be around my children. Finding a man anywhere on this planet, that I wouldn’t mind having my son emulate, is like trying to find a pair of Manolos on sale at Sears.
Anyway, I signed up with my friend on one of ‘bigger’ dating sites. I met one dude, who said in his profile that he was 5’10”, with an athletic build. He had an attractive face, he was divorced, and he had 3 children who were presently in his custody. He sent me an email. We corresponded via email for about 2 weeks, after which time, we decided to meet for lunch at a local restaurant.
He arrived at restaurant earlier than I did. Early enough to have been already seated when I got there. He barely stood up to shake my hand upon saying ‘hello’, which I thought was a little weird, but whatever. We talked from lunch time until hour turned into dinner time. The conversation was going so great, that we decided to stay for dinner, after which time, we decided to take in a movie. When waitress brought bill, he paid it and as we stood up to leave, I saw why he was already seated at restaurant when I got there, and why he didn’t fully stand up to greet me. This dude was about 5’7” tall! Now, I’m 5’4”, and in boots that I was wearing, I was nearly taller than he was! I was so cheezed that I immediately lost my taste for movie, made up some excuse about not feeling well all of a sudden (it must have been fish), and boogied on atta’ there.