Many people are now turning to online dating websites to meet new people, go out and possibly find that one who could be their forever.This is thanks to smartphones, tablets and the conveniences of the internet. Monty was a dashing silver-haired photographer known for his elegant cocktail parties, Elliot a clever bartender in horn-rimmed glasses who was also a sportswriter. Numbered among the most recent crop of emerging singles is my fetching friend Strawberry Shortcake, a wide-eyed Girl Scout type fifteen years younger than I, hence not as scarred by the dissolution and depravity of the 1970s and 80s. marriages end in divorce, there are more single people in their thirties, forties and fifties than ever before. I have no answer to these questions but I do know this -- there are only two single men in Baltimore and they both have girlfriends. In 2009, when I arrived in town newly separated, helpful friends pointed out two fellows I'll call Monty and Elliot.There was a 2-year period where she decided she was single and was dating other men, although she didn’t inform me at the time. I couldn’t escape the feeling that something wasn’t right. All of my efforts to help, save and rescue were ultimately taken for granted and never appreciated.I happened to find out when one of her friends ratted her out. I was still bothered by the way she treated me back in college. I was the only guy she had ever been with and she was in college. It is far better to be wanted then needed, and those seem to be mutually exclusive conditions. I believe ones character is measured by how they treat others, even those who treat them poorly.Finding the love of your life is now just a click away with online dating sites.
No shit (although I’m sure there’s some strange creatures out there that wouldn’t mind). Are we in a relationship if we haven’t announced it on Facebook?If you’ve been there may I raise from you a wry and knowing smile, if not then please take this opportunity to live vicariously through my experiences and then whisper a prayer of thanks that there but for the grace of God….. Finding your level – there’s a saying in sport that it’s all about levels and while a minnow will occasionally spring a surprise against the big boys in the cup, on the whole the table doesn’t lie and the teams around you reflect your level.Dating for the first time in over 20 years I had no idea of what level I would find myself playing at. 50 ways to leave your (well, I thought you could be but apparently not) lover – it’s one thing finding them, another thing entirely keeping them. (Not so) great expectations – in my early days of dating an approaching first date would bring with it a certain excitement and hope.I received an education, I’m employed, I have a nice place to live, drive a nice car, and within reason, I can buy myself whatever I want. I was in a few other meaningful relationships, lasting between 1-5 years, the last one ending 3 years ago. Even 20 years later, I still look back and remember how heart wrenching it felt.To clarify, I can not buy a yacht., but I can order whatever I want off of the menu at TGI Fridays. She became the basis for which all future relationships would be compared to. We tried to make long distance work, but this was before cellphones, free long distance calls and video chat.