The “Why Do I Even Try?” edition…
There’s a lot to unpack here.
A) I probably wouldn’t. I know this about myself, and I do feel like a piece of shit because of that knowledge.
2) This guy has lived down the block from me for almost 4 years and. just. hit. me. up.
Just allow me my four limbed sense of outrage, here.
Here’s how my mind works: it’s not that I wanted this guy to hit on me, but knowing our close proximity over the years of me dropping into and then back off of this site, I just figured we shared a mutual disattraction. Knowing that suddenly isn’t the case made me feel like I was so unattractive to him that it took him this long to get desperate enough to talk to me.
Me being me, I mention this, of course. He gives me some noises about just noticing me and I reach for this:
…while wondering why he thinks I’d date a guy with no arms and what are obviously missing – or at the very least poorly operating – eyeballs.
He’s game. Or determined. I’ll give him that. For a guy with no arms, he can type. I get a flurry of messages before closing out and going back to my innocent chatter with my very supportive-of-my-inability-to-wrap-my-arms-around-dating-a-guy-with-no-arms bartendresses.
(Hey, you had to know that pun was coming)
Better use of my time: drinking beer with people in real life.
When I visit the site again a few days lonelier – er…later, I get a new flurry of messages from this no arms fella. So, for years he didn’t notice and now I can’t get away from him?
From scatoma to attenuated. Lucky me.
Then again, this is normally the caliber of lost boy that I get, so I don’t know why I’d complain
Not to be too graphic, but this guy led with an unsolicited pic – ladies, I know you’re forever suffering from unsolicited dick pics from guys who aren’t even senators…but there are worse body parts guys lead with, trust me – and then backpedaled to foreplay. Or what he calls foreplay.
I was having none of either.
The profile I’d created here clearly stated that I wasn’t there for one night stands – I can get those the old fashioned way, thank you very much – or guys in relationships. This guy boldly checked both boxes.
Does anyone really have time for people like this fella?
Plus, he was old. Like, younger than me, but barely. My thoughts on that would be, “not looking before you leap” is kind of a 20-something behavior that age trains you out of…and if I have to choose between an Oldie Hawn that still acts like a 20-something or an actual 20-something?
Yeah, I’ll take the 20-something every damn time.
I came away from this whole episode challenging myself to examine whether my instant reaction to disqualify someone as a date because of obvious handicaps was better, worse or the same as my response to someone who presents less obvious but likely more crippling social defects. Cuz I think I jump on those pretty quickly.
The net positive here is that I deleted my profile on this site. The ROI was becoming a moral bankruptcy.