Friday, September 3, 2010
As you're well aware, I have cautiously re-entered the world of online dating. Cautiously and skeptically. I'm still holding out that I'm attractive, engaging and personable enough to meet someone in real life, but thinking that online dating will give me better practice towards achieving that goal. Kind of like going to interviews for jobs you don't want just so you can become better versed at answering the questions. So far (24 hours), Plentyoffish.com is the only source for these electronic connections. I definitely feel the New Girl in Town syndrome again as my "People Who Viewed You" section has been increasing faster than the national debt calculator.
I love "People Who Viewed You" sections. Why? I'll be happy to share. It takes some of the pressure off. It reminds me of when I used to work in sales. Cold calling a client was so much harder if they'd never heard of you. Walking in off the street and trying to wrangle some money out of a small business owner's hands in exchange for some intangible product that was going to increase their sales is probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. Don't get me wrong, I kicked butt. I just hated that feeling of the unknown reaction. But, had someone come in before me and said "Oh, you need to talk to Melanie; she's got a great product for you; I'm going to tell her to come see you" then watch out. I could take that place by storm. "People Who Viewed You" is kind of like that friend who name-dropped for you. They've checked me out already and did one of two things: either they ran screaming and couldn't click the close button fast enough or they were nervous or hesitant about being the first to communicate. Being the great communicator that I like to pretend to be, I have no problems breaking the ice. So, if they've viewed me, we seem to be a match and they're not hard on the eyes, I drop them a line. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But, I like the odds better than cold calling.
I'm sure you're wondering what the above two paragraphs have in common. Again, I'm more than happy to explain. Today, I logged into my account on Plentyoffish.com to continue the endless stream of witty banter with Mr. Hangover (we'll get to this in a minute) and noticed, as I said earlier, the impressive amount of views I had received since last night. But, one face kept popping up over and over again with multiple views. A face that I clearly recognized. I threw myself back in my car and cackled maniacally. Mr. Braves Fan.
Update on Mr. Hangover. He's clever. He's witty. He's definitely creative. He's taken me on a strange journey through the inner workings of his humor. But, I think the most that's happening here is a challenge of wits. He's good...he may have me beat. I'll keep you posted. I've also managed to snag myself another texter, who probably won't even make it to blog monicker status. In response to a carefully written introduction email with actual sentences on my part, I got his phone number and "use it if you like to text." Dear God.