Temporary Break From Temporary Hiatus

Mostly still on my temporary hiatus from this blog due to lack of dating (meh) but I do have a short post for today:
Today I mentioned to my mom that I’d been going on some dates with girls over the last few months, as the topic came up and I knew it wasn’t a big deal. (I think the conversation went from groceries > to pasta > to Barilla’s recent remarks > to gay people > to people’s opinions about gay people > and so on…) What was her input? “I don’t think it matters if you date girls or boys. I think they both suck just the same. They’re all just people and I think all people just kind of suck the same!” (I think she mostly meant along the lines of the crappy side of dating and stress in relationships.)

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Hiatus?

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Well, I did make it further than three or four posts, but I suppose you’ve noticed the lack of recent updates by now. Without many messages in my dating site inboxes, texts in my phone, or dates to go on, I haven’t had a lot to write about! I’m not sure how long this temporary hiatus will last, (it could be over as soon as tomorrow!) but until I’ve got something interesting relating to dating going on, there’s going to be some more of this! …Unless you’ve got a topic you want to hear my opinion on? Questions? Don’t worry, I’ll try to remember a story from the past to post about sometime this week. I’m feeling pretty blah about the whole thing myself, you know.

Lack Of Dates = Lack Of Posts

Flakey Girl flaked out again this week. I’m getting pretty tired of trying to meet her. The girl from last week never spoke to me again. This past week I’ve been going out a lot of nights for friends’ birthdays and you would think with all that socializing I’d have something of interest to report back, yet I’ve got nothing at all, really. I’ve been called out on my “strange habits” of dating different people by someone who’s always jumped from relationship to relationship, right into the next after one ends. Dating is obviously frustrating, but at the same time I’m not sure how happy I’d be diving straight into another serious relationship after a break-up. I wasn’t even aware it was an option most of the time. I’ve also been told I should be able to get any girl I want just by making them like me. When I stated “You can’t always make anyone you want like you,” he replied, “Yes you can. –You thought I was an asshole and now you’re still here talking to me.” Correction: I thought he was an asshole, confirmed it, decided to be polite, then continued speaking to him in an attempt to figure out why someone would be such an arrogant jerk, as my mind doesn’t comprehend mean very well. I didn’t get my answer. It seems like such a stereotype, but quite often attractive guys really are jerks. My dating site messages have been coming in slowly to not at all. I haven’t met anyone I’m interested in. I haven’t been asked out. So, this is what it’s like to run a dating blog when you’re not dating…I have also witnessed a lot of break-ups on my FaceBook newsfeed recently. I’m really surprised how in-depth some people get so publicly. “He cheated on me again…He keeps begging me to take him back and then breaking up with me…He blocked me on FaceBook…She is telling her friends I hit her when I never did…We used to be engaged…We were together for two years and engaged…I can’t stop crying…She threatened to kick me out again…” Why are these kinds of sentences publicly on your walls for your friends and everyone else who you just met once or twice many years ago? Shouldn’t they be in private messages?…And finally, here’s a message I answered today:

Random Guy: hey whats going on? maybe we can hook up sometime.. and get another girl? what do you think?
Myself: That might be what some people on this site are looking for, but you do know bisexual means being with EITHER sex and not both at once, right?
Random Guy: Yep so ru not down? Or ru interested…?
Myself: You can safely assume I am not on here looking for a threesome based on my profile. Also, as indicated on my profile, I’m currently interested in dating girls, not guys…So, that would be a no to your offer, as I am just searching for a girl.

A Few Notes

  • I get the feeling I am not going to see the last girl I went out on a date with again. I don’t really have strong reasoning, but sometimes I get a certain vibe about a situation and nearly all of the time I’m right.
  • I made plans with the flakey girl for Thursday, again. I’m planning on showing up and getting stood up. I’m still going because she answers text messages in such a strange way, I’ve become really curious about meeting her in person.
  • I am declaring it much harder to get a second date with a girl than it is with a guy. In the past, nearly every first date I went on with a guy, it was almost always up to me if there would be a second date. I wasn’t that crazy about any of the girls I met recently, but I don’t think they’d have gone out with me a second time if I was!
  • I haven’t received any messages on dating websites in two days (a record!)
  • If you pay attention to someone’s internet habits (log-in time, updates, etc.) you can often infer a lot.
  • I’m definitely tired of dating.

Third First-Date With A Girl

Before The Date
I forgot to mention that a few days ago I got a reply from a girl who I’d messaged over a month ago on the dating site. She apologized for the delay in her response and we exchanged numbers shortly after. I get the feeling she’s the chatty type because I received 9 texts in a row from her in a 10 minute span before I could reply, while I was at work. I’m not sure what she actually sounds like, but as I read her texts the voice in my head was that of an over-excited teenage girl. You know, a lot of “omg lol new shoes” type-talk. None of that sounds like my type, I suppose, but she seems friendly and I figure she’s worth meeting anyway. From what I can tell on her profile, our opinions clash about drug use, and though it sounds like the difference in opinion would be problematic in a relationship, I figure it shouldn’t stop us from at least meeting once. With that said, last night we made reservations for brunch and I’m off to meet her now…

After The Date
So that went well, I think! She was just as enthusiastic in person as in her text-messages and hugged me hello. Now that I think about it, she also gave me the closest hug goodbye any of the girls I’ve gone out with have yet. I forgot to bring up our differing views on purpose because I didn’t want to ruin it so soon. The date was short because she had to go to work, but I think we’ll see each other again. It was pretty much your typical “Where are you from, what do you do, do you have any siblings, how about pets, what do your parents do, where did you go to school” first date, so I don’t have much else to comment on that. We have a few little things in common and I felt like she gave off a lot of positive energy. Good vibes from her today. Though she has two cats and a decent job/nice apartment, she wasn’t at all like the other date I went on with the law school girl who was obsessed with her little dog. I didn’t feel like she was talking down to me or anything. She seemed fun and cute…We’ll see. Either way that flakey girl from my post the other day has been texting me and we’ve made plans for Thursday yet again. (But who knows if they’ll actually happen.)

Skim Profiles Before Messaging

Tired of all of the messages from people I’d have no interest in (messaging me after looking at my pictures without glancing at my profile), I decided to call them out on it. Here are a few of the conversations…

Random Guy: hey, i’m [NAME CENSORED] :)
Myself: Hey,
Great -Can you tell me why guys on here never even skim anyone’s profile and just send out messages at random after looking at one or two pictures of someone?
Random Guy: its a few things. first, very few girls actually respond back, if you take the take the time and read all the profiles, you’ll never get to talk to anyone. second, physical attraction is like 90% of what guys look for first.
Myself: Nothing wrong with physical attraction, but like you said -FIRST-
Once the decision to message someone has been made how do you guys not even skim the profile? Mine’s long -I don’t at all expect anyone to read every word (though once in a while some people do) but how does anyone not even skim it? I mean people who you’d never get along with in a million years messaging you…And yeah, about girls responding -TELL ME ABOUT IT. As I mentioned on my profile for anyone skimming, I’m currently interested in dating a girl, not a guy. 95% of the time you never get a reply.
[He actually clicks on my profile now, because of course he didn’t notice my mention of dating girls.]
Random Guy: well if they message back, ill read the profile. I just thought you were really cute :) You’re not open to a guy at all right now?
Myself: And what if you don’t like what you read on their profile, just ignore them like they always do to you?
Thanks.
Nope, I’ve been with them for [MY EXACT AGE CENSORED] years and I’m taking a break. I just don’t have the interest at the moment.
[Why should we “waste” our time reading these messages rather than them “wasting” their time skimming a profile first?]
Random Guy: nah, i think actually talking to someone is a better way to get to know them. it’s not a job interview haha. well i’m sorry to hear a beautiful woman like you has no interest in my gender. after reading your profile, i think we’d actually get along good :)
[Get along “good” or “well?]
Myself: Well yeah but there are so many people not worth talking to on here. It’s not real life. It’s a tool used to weed out those you wouldn’t have an interest in and find those you’d like to meet and get to know in real life. You’ve even admitted you start speaking to people completely based on their appearance. How does it suddenly change to an importance in getting to know someone if their appearance is most important?
Yeah, I guess I’m just bored/tired of dating guys. I believe it’s temporary and eventually I’ll probably date a guy again, just not any time soon.
Random Guy: well good looks can only keep a guy interested for so long. i’m hoping to find someone that keeps my interest.
Myself: So skim the words they write before you message next time =)
Good luck
[And really what’s with the extremely short, boring messages? I’m expected to read through their profile when they didn’t read mine and can’t put in the effort to write a decent message?]

Random Guy: hii there
Myself: Hey,
Great -Can you tell me why guys on here never even skim anyone’s profile and just send out messages at random after looking at one or two pictures of someone?
Random Guy: Why u saying si?
Random Guy: So
Random Guy: Just said hi
Random Guy: :)
Myself: Because I’m getting a lot of messages from people who wouldn’t be a good match for me. I’m not sure why I should read through them all when they’re not even skimming my profile before deciding to send their messages…
Random Guy: you gotta used to have such kind of messages here
Myself: Sorry, I don’t even understand what you’re saying. …Which is what I mean, on so many levels it doesn’t seem like we would be a good match, yet you’ve still sent me a message.
Random Guy: you know what kind of web sited it is right?
Myself: Yeah, this website is a search engine right? It works like google. I can use it to research my favorite celebrities, right?
Random Guy: :)
Random Guy: you funny
[Damn, I was really hoping he’d fall for my playing-dumb joke]
Random Guy: it is pretty hard for you to find your match over here
Myself: Which is why I don’t understand why I should waste even more time speaking to people who clearly aren’t a good match for me. It’s hard enough, why should I read through messages of bad matches who didn’t even skim through my profile when I could be spending my time speaking to/searching for a more compatible match? (And the person messaging me could be doing the same.)
Random Guy: good bye beautiful
Random Guy: have a nice fishing
Myself: Yep, you too.
[Wow, for once I didn’t have to be the one to end the conversation!]
Random Guy: i am [NAME CENSORED] by the way
[Damn, I guess I spoke too soon.]
Random Guy: nice to meet you
Random Guy: are you from [CITY CENSORED]?
Myself: Yeah, I am.
Good luck with your search on here!

Random Guy: hi
Myself: Hey,
Great -Can you tell me why guys on here never even skim anyone’s profile and just send out messages at random after looking at one or two pictures of someone?
Random Guy: half the time no one reads my profile so y should i
Random Guy: they are surprised that im cheap even though it says so on my profile
[Wait, what?!]
Myself: Why should someone else spend the time reading your message if you didn’t even skim their profile? What makes your time more valuable?
Random Guy: exactly
Myself: So because someone didn’t read your profile, how does it seem fair to message someone else and expect them to read your message when you didn’t even skim that person’s profile?
Random Guy: dont know. ask the person that wrote the profile
Myself: That’s ridiculous. Good luck on your search on here.
Random Guy: ok
[Someone trying to get the last word in?…]

Random Guy: Heyy
Myself: Hey,
Great -Can you tell me why guys on here never even skim anyone’s profile and just send out messages at random after looking at one or two pictures of someone?
Random Guy: Idk
[Ha! Short, simple, over, done.]

Random Guy: Hi I’m [NAME CENSORED]. How’s it going?
Myself: Hi,
Great -Can you tell me why guys on here never even skim anyone’s profile and just send out messages at random after looking at one or two pictures of someone?
Random Guy: Hmmm. Not really sure.
That mimics real life though right?
Myself: But that’s the thing. This isn’t real life. This is something used to find people who you’d like to meet in real life. One can notice attraction first, but how do you guys not even skim a profile after you’ve made the decision to message someone?!
Random Guy: I’m not really sure. How am I supposed to answer for a population of users that I probably don’t have all that much in common with?
Myself: So I guess you’re just yet another guy who messaged me only seeking friendship, after reading on my profile that I was currently interested in dating girls and not guys?
Random Guy: Well your profile is long. Do you really expect everyone to read the entire thing while contemplating whether or not to message you? I knew things you liked, didn’t like, media you prefer… All before saying hello.
But because I didn’t read the one line of a hundred that you wanted me to I’m the asshole?
[It’s in bold, with a star in front, and on its’ own line. If you just quickly skim my page, it’s hard to miss. It actually used to be in bold in three other sections as well, and still went ignored.]
Right. It’s the fault of the worlds population of men. We’re pigs. Nevermind that your profile contradicts itself. Great attitude.
Myself: Of course not. I never intended for anyone to read all of it which is why I said SKIM it.
I have been getting a lot of messages from people who would never be compatible with me & nearly no messages from those who would be.
You called yourself an asshole, not me. I simply asked why so many guys aren’t even getting any idea of who I am as a person & sending me messages based purely on attraction so much of the time. I put things in bold so that someone could skim my profile and in 5 seconds focus on what they’d need to know when it would come to dating me.
Again, you called your gender pigs, not me.
Good luck with your search on here =) …Maybe your appearance first, profile later approach will work with someone after all.
[He got extremely defensive and it went on for a while after that. It’s not really worth posting the whole argument.]

So, I guess it’s just me reading the majority of someone’s profile after skimming their page, looking at their pictures, and deciding to send them a message…

Message With Caution

This is a lesson in making sure you haven’t already met the person you’re about to message on a dating website…

Not-Actually-Random Guy: Hey there. Your profile caught my attention. Hope that you’re having a relaxing weekend. Feel free to say hi :)
-[NAME CENSORED]
Myself: The one from jr high or something?
Not-Actually-Random Guy: Sure. How you been? I’m exhausted. Working in the ER overnight in [CITY CENSORED]. FML.
Not-Actually-Random Guy: As silly and cliche as it may sound, you are my kinda girl [MY ASTROLOGICAL SIGN CENSORED]. Your profile sounds like a mirror image of mine.
Myself: No I mean aren’t you the dude that went to I think jr high with me…
Not-Actually-Random Guy: You do look familiar now that I think about it. Head barely working. How’s it going?
Not-Actually-Random Guy: I wish I remembered your name. Have we spoke recently?
Myself: We were FaceBook friends for a while and then you deleted me after some time of messaging me a lot about how we would get along because I was a [MY ASTROLOGICAL SIGN CENSORED]. You last spoke to me at the beginning of this year saying your fiancé left with your cat and that seeing pictures of my cats made you miss your cat. You said I was pretty and asked why I was single, but I wasn’t interested. Also, FYI I’m still not interested, as I mentioned on my profile here I’m currently interested in dating girls, not guys. But I wish you luck finding someone on here =)
Not-Actually-Random Guy: Ah, I remember now. It was something you said that upset me. Anyway, I’ve forgiven and forgotten.
Sure, best if luck in dating women. They are tough! But if you would like to hang out sometime just for fun, lets do it. I could use some friends
Myself: hm. Yeah, I read through the conversations. It’s you asking a bunch of questions about my cats, me saying I’m not interested in dating, and you trying to convince me of the importance of astrological signs. That’s about it haha.
Thanks. Hope you find someone as well.
Not-Actually-Random Guy: So you’re not interested in being friends either.  Fair enough. Peace
Myself: No, it’s just how I told you on FaceBook -If someone expresses interest in you at the start, it’s too awkward to be just friends.
[Pretty sure what I said that “upset” him was turning him down all those times he asked me out. Anyway, if he deleted me from FaceBook, he couldn’t have been that interested in being friends with me.]