Shannon is back with All the Single Ladies. She’s single, fabulous and back to rant about dating in the desert. Find her column here each month.
We all know the Valentine’s season can be a kiss of death for those going solo, so much so that I’ve decided to give my online dating profile an update and cross my fingers for finding Mr. “Good Enough for a Valentine’s Day” date.
Step #1 – Change the profile picture of my headshot, to one of me holding Valentine’s Day cookies…that I baked myself. That should do it, right? Step #2 – Rewrite my “About Me” section so it does NOT sound like the following: basically every other online dating profile known to man.
I’m a down to earth person, career-driven and love spending time with my friends and family. Enjoy spending time outdoors on the weekends being active: hiking, traveling, camping, exploring new places, love to take in a good professional sporting event, hit up the batting cages and grabbing a beer with friends. Would like to find someone with similar interests, i.e. not into the bar scene, funny, can spend a night at home cooking in, catching a good flick and take the occasional spontaneous roadtrip weekend. Looking for someone who can spend a fun night on the town, and is comfortable at home in jeans and t-shirts. Let’s meet for coffee!
Again, that would be how NOT to write your profile. Try to be honest, and specific. Tell the potential Valentine’s Day date that you’re taking underwater ballet classes and secretly love Lionel Richie. At the least, you’ll get them to laugh and confess their own guilty pleasures, right? We will see if this kind of fresh update gets me a blind date from hell where I have to excuse myself at 7:20 PM because I have to “get up for work early the next day,” or actually find a keeper who does not have a profile picture posted of himself mugging in the bathroom, taking the picture with his phone…with no shirt on.
Then again, staying single has its perks…. You can buy yourself the Valentine’s gift you really want and not have to ask for the receipt to return your diamond-heart, gold-dipped pendant. No over-priced blind dinner dates or an obligatory first date kiss since it is Valentine’s Day, the holiday of “gettin’ some’ – awkward! And those cliche convenience store red rose stems, I would rather go at it alone in my comfy Victoria’s Secret sweats, a box of chocolates and The Notebook.