Desperate Housedaughter is single and ready to mingle! Ok, that's kind of a lie. I'm single and hesitant to mingle. I'm generally afraid of people and prefer to watch Ugly Betty reruns rather than, well, a lot of stuff. Because of this proclivity, you can imagine that although I go out quite often and try new things, I tend to do so with my Mom or other person with whom I have solid rapport already. Mom, you're in NYC this weekend partying with your friends! I miss you!
Yeah that's right I just gave a shout-out to my Mom. Due to being a 28 year old who gives mom shout-outs on her blog, I've had many friends suggest to me that I buck up, join the current population of Earth instead of continuing to behave like I'm in Ye Olde Days, and sign up for online dating. I reminded them that I came to blogging about 15 years too late, but they said that's no excuse and I need to get on board more quickly. So, finally, after much struggle and waves of nausea, I signed up for one of them websites last weekend.
My friends have been SO SUPER EXCITED!!!! They've helped me with my profile, decided on pictures, and were, and are, generally all perky and encouraging. Despite their efforts, however, instead of feeling like this about online dating:
My friend Anna told me not to have a bad attitude. Oh, Anna, while you speak words of wisdom, you know I'm incapable of following them! I'm a Virgo and I know that if I don't like something right away that I will probably never like it. There have been exceptions to this, of course, but yeah. Does not bode well. And let me admit that I have a VERY bad attitude about online dating.
I got the standard creeps right away sending me messages like, "you r hot. nice pics" and "let's get together and speak Persian" but written in Persian/English. LAAAME. The danged thing even matched me with a high school friend's older brother. That was particularly enlightening, especially because I had a minor week-long crush on that kid when I was 14. But I digress.
Then I got messages from two seemingly nice, normal guys. They both have jobs, are into music, are freakishly tall (not a requirement, but entertaining nonetheless), and are age appropriate. Despite their on-the-surface normalcy and my attempt at open-mindedness, I gotta tell you, I have pretty much no interest in meeting either one of them in a romantic type of setup.
This is my question, and here, beautiful readers, you can advise me since you all are brilliant and go on many dates and aren't holed up like this Desperate Housedaughter: How does one figure out dating? I realize this is the age-old question, and many tv shows, movies, and books have been dedicated to it, but it's like I'm feeling it for the first time! I am CLUELESS.
Do I go on dates like I go on job interviews - to even the ones I'm pretty sure I don't want just to get more practice and give it a shot, or do I not think of it like that because it's a real dude and his real $25 buying me dinner? I don't freaking know. Help me, readers! I have no idea what I'm doing, and I'm not sure I'm that into it, so I beseech you to help me figure out what to do and improve my attitude! Comment me some advice, you lovelies, cause I NEED IT.