Watercooler Stories

Today was one of the most unproductive days at work that I can remember. Everyone was so exhausted from a busy Memorial Day weekend, that we went through coffee in the break room like string through a duck. Everyone spent an enormous amount of time walking back and forth from their desks to the coffee machine or hanging around the breakroom chatting. I wonder if anything got worked on other than reading emails and opening mail.

My secretary had one of the most exciting weekend stories to relate. She had met up with some guys that invited her to ride in the Rolling Thunder procession in downtown DC. She said it was thrilling to be a part of thousands of motorcycles thundering down Constitution Avenue Sunday afternoon.

She has been slowly getting over her divorce and back into the dating scene and was telling me about how much she likes online dating versus going out to bars to meet people. She started with a site that has a list of all the top singles and personals sites once she made up her mind to look for a dating service. This site had reviews of each dating site so she could get an idea of the process.

I’m sure by now everyone has seen the TV commercials or heard about the eHarmony site. They are oriented toward long term, serious relationships and marriage. She says that was too deep for what she wants right now.

Fresh coming off a divorce, she was more interested in just meeting people and having fun, so she wanted a more casual site, like Yahoo Personals. She found a lot of guys locally and read through dozens of profiles before setting up her own profile and starting an email relationship with them to get started. she’s traded emails with a few and even met a few, but she says she felt pressured to move too quickly and was uncomfortable with the motives of the guys she met through Yahoo.

But then she tried LavaLife and that site really clicked for her. She’s been on 3 dates with different guys that she met through that site and she says that this is the one site where she is comfortable with the type of guys and the process of sending a smile to each other before getting too deep into each other’s heads. She says it’s more natural and more like real life and that’s where she met the veteran who invited her to the Rolling Thunder ride.

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