So many of my greatest adventures start with happy hour and one of my girlfriends. In this case it was $2 rum and diets at New York Deli and one of my best friends, Casie. When you find yourself miserably dumped by some guy who was never good enough for you in the first place, your lifeboat comes in the form of loved ones. My lifeboat, the size of a Disney cruise ship, came full steam ahead, barrelling through an ocean of hurt that felt like it would drown me at any moment. It is easy to give in to the urge to pull the covers over your head and put Mumford and Sons on repeat.
-Stay away from Track #5 on the Sigh No More album. It’s a killer.-
It is not easy to get out of bed, take a shower (and please, do something with that hair), throw on some cute clothes (those ratty Victoria’s Secret pants you’ve had since Junior year are not cute) and get back out there. Thanks to my friends and family, it was hard to sink with the constant text messages, phone calls and dinner invitations. They wouldn’t take no for an answer. Thank God.
In a rum-soaked state, we sprawled on my couch and lamented the lack of good men out there in the world. Where were they? How was I supposed to find my soul-mate when all of my friends were one half of a disgustingly happy couple? That’s when it hit us. ONLINE DATING. Of course! What once used to be a phrase inspiring pitying looks or even warnings of internet predators, is now a go-to solution for the woes of trying to date after college. We congratulated ourselves on our moment of genius and we went to work finding a free site and setting up a profile guaranteed to catch the eye of my perfect man. Just to dip my toes in the water, I said. I just want to see what’s out there. Boy oh boy did I have no idea what I was getting myself into………..