Recently single, I've been dreading the return to the world of online dating. I've done the gamut before - Plenty of Fish, Lavalife and eHarmony. I've had varied success on all of them, but Lavalife seems to be the lead site. I've dated a couple of guys from there - and my most recent, super nice, lovely now ex-boyfriend came from Lavalife.
Online dating is annoying - it is time consuming, you have to filter through a million different profiles and meet some really weird guys. I popped onto Lavalife this past week, just to test the waters and was amazed (and a little depressed) to see a whole bunch of familiar faces. All the same Romeos still looking for love. So I reminisced a little bit with a few familiar profiles...then weirdos started coming out of the closet.
Most notably - and his profile name has been changed slightly - was SPERMGUY. First I got a smile, and then he started sending me IMs. Out of sheer morbid curiosity I checked out his profile: Older gentleman, 51, seeks woman in late 30s who is looking to have a child. Yes, you read that right. A baby daddy advertising on Lava. He promised to cover all medical bills, including IVF and would produce medical records upon request. Apparently he already had kids, but was looking to add to his brood. Very few strings attached. I'm actually a little torn between absolutely creeped out and slightly in awe of his approach.
Then the other usual suspects popped up. The old guys (65+) who tell me I am the most beautiful woman in the world, and that they would love to SPOIL me. The younger crowd who love to "have a good time, and hang out" (aka booty call). Plus all the guys that I didn't want to go out with the last time, but won't take no for an answer. Thank god for the block feature.
Don't get me wrong - I know that finding love isn't easy - especially at this age. And online dating sites are probably my best bet, given that I can't bear the thought of hanging out in bars, all dolled up hoping to meet Mr. Right. So not my style. So I'll suck up my pride, roll up my sleeves and dive into the mess of Lavalife - it's all for a good cause, right?