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Online Dating requires a computer, Binkie


Dorothy, everybody’s favorite serial dater, was a peripatetic-romantic. She amazed her friends with the number of dates she went on, each week.

Testing the Waters? Or Walking of Water

She was a real-live dating diva on Craigslist. Meeting new men every week, buoyed her confidence and prompted Dorothy to join Plenty of Fish.

She instantly learned the ‘catch and release’ practice at Plenty of Fish, and she trawled, for hours, on her lap top computer every day. She was exhilarated with coffee dates, walking dates and her favorite “Choose a museum and entertain me’ gauntlet.

Fatefully, after spending hours each day looking for love, she grew tired of the chase. She was an active, and getting bored member on both Eharmony and Spiritual Singles. And, then her computer died.

The Apple falls far from the tree

Despite trying, every trick in the book, every suggestion from Apple Care and finally a trip to the Apple Store – it was a fact: her laptop was DOA.

Due to financial strain– she was unable to buy a new computer.

In a swirl of cavalier independence, she thought she could easily go a month without a computer. No big deal. It would be a learning experience. She could use the computers at the library.

When she returned home – in a Pavlovian trance- she went to check her dating sites for love letters and nibbles of interest. Darn. No computer. She would go to the library the following day and check.


At dinner time, she poured herself a glass of wine and was ready to settle down – which was her nightly habit – to look at the trickles of flirtations from various men. Double darn, no computer.

After work, she went to the library – all the computers were tied up. And there was no privacy – anyone could read your screen over your shoulder.

She was in the habit of- every day, several times a day – sitting at her computer, opening all the emails the dating company inundated her with – she scanned, read, tossed. Repeat. It was truly an addiction.


Within two days, of going  freezing cold turkey, she found a friend of a friend with an old Mac willing to lend it to her. Hallelujah! In no time, she was back in the dating game. There was no way she could be the dating bon vivant she thought she was without daily online diligence.

Could you do it?

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
W. C. Fields

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Klaus, the psychic to the stars, plays with a full deck


Klaus, the psychic to the stars, had a hunch about dating

After a two year sabbatical from the Wide Wonderful World of Internet Dating, Erin decided to consult with Klaus, the “Psychic to the Stars”, as to whether she should get back in the game. Divorced for three years, had already been the Poor Little Match.com girl once, enjoyed a flurry of dates, met a passel of men and said made a lot of ‘friends’. And, she met Dennis.

Whoa! He had an Altar Ego

Erin dated Dennis for three wonderful months. It took that long for her to fully realize he was in a huge rush to the altar. Any altar – with any one. It was too much, too soon for her. They parted amicably. Next.

playing cards
She booked an appointment and was finally seated across from the famous Klaus; a small, marble-topped, table between them. After shuffling an over-sized deck of faded and worn Tarot cards, he had her deal seven cards. He looked at the cards, briefly. Without missing a beat he said, “Darling, Internet dating, really? You will be fishing in the same pond.”  She looked at him quizzically and as he scooped up the cards with a flourish, he said, “It will be all the same men, darling.”

No, no, say it isn’t so.

Erin is an optimist in all things romantic. She defied the prediction and defiantly climbed aboard the 2019 Dating Train. It had been awhile; she wasn’t sure of the pace or the new bells and whistles on the site.

Like stepping on a treadmill that is ‘On’ at full speed?

Like a blast from the past, she had a surreal feeling of deja vu. After paying the toll to enter the “coy pond of dating life” she quickly realized old Klaus made a point.

After a two years hiatus – a veritable parade of very familiar faces danced before her on the computer screen. So many of the same old pictures of the men she remembered were still posted.

And, magically, none of them had aged! They were all still 50…and she was two years older.
As she scanned the photos and realized a ton of these men hadn’t even updated their pictures. She remembered the winkin, blinkin and nods involved in the on line-dating dance.

She could do this. Game on. And so it begins…No more Old Maid


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