Sunday, August 13, 2006

One's Quest For Love

Dating in New York City can go to the dogs. Of course I am young, beautiful, and fabulous, but lets face it...so is every other girl walking down the street here. This place is full of gorgeous and ambitious women...and men too. And while everything else in our lives seems to be together (the career, the social life, health) there is ONE thing we can't figure out: DATING.

I hear the men complain as much as the women: no one can find the right person, not even the one they want to marry, but just one that they like. Maybe its because we are used to such a fast-paced hard-driving lifestyle that a quick romance is perfect for instant gratification...but in the long run its just not going to cut it.

Which is why I've just checked into online dating.

I know, I know. I was a skeptic at first as well. I won't lie to you and tell you there aren't creepy guys on there. There ARE. But don't let the few ruin it for all the good ones.

So last night I put my little online dating trial run to a test and went on a blind date. We'll call him "Harry." Harry's pictures were cute, his profile seemed interesting, and we got to chatting online...(yes I know phone is too personal these days, IM is safer) We finally decided we should meet up for dinner.

I hadn't talked to Harry on the phone until last night, when I was in the cab trying to figure out where this restaurant was. I was pleased when I walked up to him and saw that he looked exactly like his pictures. He was actually even CUTER in person, a major plus. He escorted me inside and we sat down at 9 p.m. for dinner. We ate, chatted, laughed, drank...and before we knew it the clock hit 3am. Neither of us had moved from our seats all night. I looked around the restaurant and saw that we were the only people left and the waitress was kicking us out! Harry walked me to my cab, kissed me on the cheek, and sent me on my way. It was the best first date I've ever had.

So will there be another? Surely I do hope so. But even if not, I am now one to vouche that online dating is worth a shot. Whether its your quest for love or just to find a friend, spending a Saturday night laughing and learning about a new person beats going to a bar and taking shots with a random drunk guy anyday!

I guess I owe all my thanks to Dr. Phil. :-)

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