My new commitment to living online-dating-free until 2011 has been...well...a bit of a struggle. Constantly being attacked by "free communication" emails and television advertisements, I kind of feel like you do when you promise to stick to your diet at Christmas time, you know? There are plates and plates of frosted, sprinkled, sugared goodness in front of you at every turn, and you stand there glaring at them half in contempt for their mere existence on the planet and half in sheer awe at the thought of the delight they behold. Okay, maybe that's a bit over the top (because now I want some gingerbread men and sugar cookies), but you catch my drift.
As I've struggled to stay straight (drug-addict reference, not sexual preference), I realized that something was missing. I had this creative hunger that wasn't being fed. Surely I wasn't experiencing this void because of a lack of rapid-fire, useless, meaningless email communications with male counterparts in search of
Plans continue for the thirtieth birthday extravaganza, a little over a month away now! I'm very excited and just hope that I don't dramatize it so much in my head beforehand that I'm let down by the actual event. That's why I'm counting on all of you to help make it epic. (Again, invitation is open to those in/around/can get to the Atlanta area. If you've been a part of the last twenty-nine and eleven-twelfths years, I want you in on the celebration!)
Back to the topic at hand. I won't kid you for a second, I miss male attention. I do have some amazing friends of the male persuasion and find that when I enter these lulls in love, I contact them much more frequently. I'll randomly call them on my way home from work to talk sports, chat online or invite them out to grab a beer after work. Although they aren't usually the same types of conversations or interactions as I'd have with a potential suitor, they are quite different from those I have with my female friends and sometimes I just need that. I've always gotten along smashingly with men (which is all the more surprising that I'm single! STILL!) so I know that I need that touch of masculinity, the yin to the yang to restore the balance if things get out of whack. And right now, things are way out of whack.
So, two things I need from you, Singletons and Marrieds. Tell me. Do/did you pine away for the attention of the opposite gender or are you completely comfortable being on your own and I'm just weird? And what on this great, green earth would you like me to write about? I'm completely open to topic suggestions, no matter how off-the-wall you may think they are (Let's try to keep them PG-13, though. I can hear my mother in my head saying, "Don't put anything on the internet that you don't want read aloud in court." And yes, that tone of voice you used in your head was completely accurate. She uses the same tone when she tells me not to talk on my cell phone when I'm driving.) Let's take advantage of this downtime and start some good topic trains! Feel free to post your ideas/suggestions to this page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.