21 January 2011

On-Line Dating!

On-line dating good or bad?

I've met a few guys this way and while I haven't met my sneakers this way my BFF did. She met him and like a week later they were engaged, and have spent everyday together since. That was 7 years ago.

Most of us are not so lucky in love. Well at least I haven't been.

The potential of on-line dating opened up a whole new world for us didn't it? It was a way to put yourself out there without really putting your self out there if you know what I mean. It's not like meeting new singles (ahem after a certain age) is so easy.

We go to these sites in good faith trusting that the profiles we look at are other singles looking for the same thing we are, some sneakers. The reality is though this is not always the case. People lie. I know I said it and it's shocking isn't it! I know none of you would lie on a profile... would you?

Well here you go just to prove how important it is to be careful the news has the face of  Thomas James Newman all over it. This 36 year old man goes on these sites to meet women, goes out with them a few times and then does stuff like STEAL THEIR CARS! Seriously? Ya what a pathetic bleepity bleep.

This is the guy.  

Apparently he's not that smart because he actually uses his real name before taking off with his dates cars, laptops, or whatever it is he can get his hands on. It seems they are linking him to 6 different accounts of theft in the Vancouver area.

So this is where I say be careful. Don't just take everything at face value, use your common sense, and if you don't have common sense follow these tips:

  • Always trust your instinct -- after all, it's gotten you this far in life already
  • Take your time and look at lots of different profiles to get a feel for what kind of person you want
  • Never publish your phone number or email address
  • Don't take anything at face value -- it's easy to lie online, and many people do
  • Ask lots of questions when chatting with your potential mates
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with whoever you are chatting with, at all times
  • If someone is abusive or rude, block them immediately
  • Don't give your home or work address to anyone you have not met in person
  • Before agreeing to a date, make sure you know as much about the other person as possible
  • Don't allow yourself to be talked into anything -- you're the one in charge
  • Take your time to get to know someone -- don't be rushed
  • A patient person will be happy to wait until you are ready to meet
  • Make sure anyone you're talking to is willing to provide photos and information about himself or herself
  • Ask your date to leave a message on your voicemail beforehand, if possible
  • Chat on the phone for a while before arranging a date
  • Always meet in a well-lit public place
  • Always tell a good friend where you are going and who you're meeting
  • If possible, step away and call a friend during the date to confirm that everything is ok
  • Always carry a cell phone on a date
  • Schedule lunch dates -- they're convenient and they have a time limit
  • Always make your own travel arrangements to/from a first date
  • Do not accept a ride home on the first date or reveal your address
  • If you're traveling far, always make and confirm your own hotel arrangements
  • Make sure you have as much information about your date as possible
  • Keep your first date to a specified time limit so you always have an "exit" point
  • Never feel like you owe it to someone to meet them -- you don't!

Now with that in mind happy shoe shopping and may you find your perfect sneakers!

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