Here is this random message that I got on a social networking site that I belong to. I've mentioned it before...TeeBeeDee. Kind of a Facebook with more discussion forums and fewer applications.
But what? I wasn't sure what to do with this... Um, could have ignored it, but that is no fun. Okay. Here is the message I got:
Okay, I will give you a little information on me. Never did the on line dating thing, before, but I have been in relationships pretty much non stop since I was 16.
Just ended a 10 year gig.
I raised my daughter from my first marriage and she is a attending Rutgers in NJ. I am gone a lot(2-3 weeks a month), traveling the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, The Orient and Europe.
A full time, relationship may not ever work for me , but I enjoy a good time and good company when home in the OC but simply do not have the time to meet anyone without help.
Here is my reply:
Thanks for the message, Frank.
Honestly, I don't know how anyone meets anymore, between work and family commitments. It does sound like it would be difficult for you to be in a relationship with all of your traveling...yet you have done it one way or another for the past 30 years or so.
So, what do you see as the next step for yourself? I guess since you've been in so many long term relationships, and you now are not, it is the perfect time for you to be trying this new internet dating thing. I am not sure how people meet without the internet at this point! It is kind of THE thing now. You could potentially meet someone new each time you come back into town, if you timed things right. It would take some planning, but you strike me as organized.
This seems to be a particularly good place to meet people and the fact that it is more of a social network than a dating site helps a lot, I think. So...now you've met me...so to speak. See how easy? I'm not sure what I could do to help, as I am certainly no expert. However, I do know at least one or two people around here who are quite the little matchmakers. I bet there are many women, although quite a few of them might be married or in a relationship, who would like to just hang out once a month or so providing some good times and company. Could be very convenient! Let me know if you want an introduction or two...I'll see what I can do.
Best of Luck,
I didn't want to be overtly hostile...but I was hoping to be just snotty enough to knock him down a peg. I mean maybe he didn't know how he sounded. Maybe he didn't know it was a weird message to send to someone he'd never before talked to. Maybe now though, he gets it.
What do you think? Was I too mean? Too nice? Please don't say I should have ignored this...how could I, really? Okay, you can say it if you want. Maybe I was too subtle after all. I don't know...WWYD? (What Would YOU Do?)