Monday, January 5, 2009

Online dating, a cautionary tale.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM

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2009 is here and like most people, I have a friend who has decided that this is the last year he will be single.

Good for him. I'm just hoping 2009 will be better for him than 2008 was. Last year, he decided to try online dating.

Online dating is the new singles bar. With sites like Match.com and eHarmony.com, you're sure to find someone to end your singleness. However, these sites aren't cheap. And if you're on a budget, you might try something that's free.

If you do, beware.

This brings me back to my friend and his quest for love. He went to Craig's List. There he met a girl, who said she was a student at a local university. He said they e-mailed each other and talked on the phone for a few weeks before meeting.

The first time they met, he said they had sex. Then he showed me the pictures. Let's just say, I saw a side of my homeboy that I never wanted to see. You know, the naked side.

Anyway, when he returned home the following evening, someone had kicked his door in. Taken was the video camera that he and Ms. Craig's List used the night before to make a movie of their sexual activity.

His credit card, some coins and cash were also missing. My first question was, how do you know she did it?

Well, he said, he lives on the third floor of his building. Not many random robbers pick the third floor units. True.

And, he added, she called him around 10:30 a.m. and that was when one of his neighbors saw two guys knocking on his door. She has two brothers, he revealed.

When she was inside his apartment, before they started having sex, she kept commenting on how nice his place was. Of course, I told him, hindsight is 20/20. And he admits that he was thinking about head, not using his head.

Besides, she had been talking a lot of junk about him not being able to handle her and he had to prove her wrong. It's a good thing he had renter's insurance.

Later, I thought to myself, it's funny how women are always being warned about online dating, but men aren't.

But safety knows no sex. So, if you want to meet someone new via the worldwide web, be safe.

And whatever you do, don't bring a one night stand home. That's why the Motel 6 leaves the light on for you.

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