Dating is Not the Wheel of Fortune

A business meeting on a typical day for me is usually focused on discussing marketing strategies for lead generation or creative concepts for a new video project. But notice I said typical, and to be quite honest, typical is boring. So once in a while, I like to change it up.

The first line when my colleague walked in to the meeting, “Who’s your douche bag friend with a girlfriend trying to hook up on a dating site?”

Folks, we hit another jackpot. Not only does the loser have a girlfriend, he is also a former cop ousted from his position for embezzling money from a kid’s charity to support his gambling problem, has a penchant for strippers, and is a heavy drug user. SWEET!! You can’t possibly make this up.

What is it with people who have all this baggage? How many degenerates do you have to come across before you meet a decent person? Three years ago, this type of stuff would have made me flustered. Today, it makes me laugh, although it is hardly a laughing matter.

But it got me thinking about baggage in general. Everyone has a little baggage. Some of it is acceptable and understandable. Then some of it is simply outrageous, and you see nothing but flashing red lights and signs that say RUN.

A good example would be a guy I went on a date with two years ago who told me that he hated his ex-wife so much that he wouldn’t think twice about putting a hit on her if he knew that he wouldn’t get caught. Coupled with that, he told me he had a restraining order and assault and battery conviction because he caught his wife in bed with another guy and punched him so hard that he broke his jaw. Oh, and he threw in that he went and slept with the guy’s wife to get revenge. CHECK PLEASE, WAITER!

Thanks to the jackpot I hit at the casino last weekend. Those 200 free spins netted me a nice little windfall. Dating for me has hardly been the Wheel of Fortune though; it’s been more like the Wheel of Degenerates.

I do want to say there are AMAZING MEN in this world. They are dedicated fathers and honest and hardworking and handsome and capable of having a normal conversation. I know this because I’ve met many along the way where the timing was just not right. They are the few that give women like me promise and hope. I look forward to the day that I will look back to my times of playing the Wheel of Degenerates and laugh. For those who know what I’ve been through with dating the last three years, there is no doubt that I finally deserve the Wheel of Fortune.

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3 thoughts on “Dating is Not the Wheel of Fortune

  1. I stopped using okc a few weeks ago after one too many awkward dates lol. My coworker showed me cliqie.com and I’m a big fan of that over the others in terms of actually meeting people vs. just entertainment. It has a different approach that feels less sketchy cause you and your friends essentially act as “wingmen”. I like that it helps you find things to do too. Skout’s okay too, but still has it’s fair share of creepers

  2. It’s an unfortunate feature of online dating that the less desirable fishes linger in the Sea of Dating for a longer time than the prize catches that get scooped up quickly – that applies to women too…

    The ugly consequence of this is that some of the prize catches jump out of the ocean too soon on their own accord…it takes a certain degree of mental toughness to see it through.

    Before you meet The One, you have to meet The Many…

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