Shoot Me, I’m Online Dating (2)

Without so much as a flirt, I already I had a mark against me. I’d been rejected by the online photo police for posting a picture that was too revealing.

I put the kabosh on my continued investigation of dating sites. Instead, I did the unthinkeable: cleaned house, washed my floors, lifted the burners of my stove and scrubbed away burnt crud, there from the time when I had first moved into the apartment. I even watched reruns of “Twin Peaks.”

Finally, I came face-to-face with myself. As a middle-aged woman, I’d left my bar hopping days far behind. But I could join the profilerati, those legions of faces with nothing more than a song and a dance and a headline.

You can do this, I told myself. And once again, You can do this. I brought up my empty profile page and began to type. Others might choose a dating home based on personal recommendation, but I opted for a free site where I didn’t have to pay for membership, and choose between the one, three, or the recommended six-month plan (for best results).

I moved ahead, staked a claim, here on this online ground where I hoped to show off a new pair of Levi jeans and discover some golden heart. I wanted to tell the truth about myself.

And what, you might ask, had brought me to this particular crossroads? That’s easy: Love’s Labour’s Lost, “I that have been love’s whip.”

Shakespeare, my man, meet the Forty-niners.

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About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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