Category Archives: online dating

Lucky in Love

Some days, it just hits me how lucky I am.

A year ago, I was finally recovering from one of the worst relationships of my life. Now, I’m in one of the best relationships I’ve ever had.

But tonight, I am marathoning Catfish and if there is anything that can make a woman feel lucky in love, it’s watching this show. Especially after having tried the “online dating” thing and having one pretty miserable experience.

I think some of these situations are just absolutely crazy. I was totally shocked to see in one episode that Marcus is a real person. He’s really who he says he is!

But then he said something along the lines of “you can’t commit to just one kind of pizza.”


And I feel like Daisy and Marcus had one of the better experiences. This is one of only a couple of times that I can remember the mystery person being who they said they were. Most of the time, it’s someone enacting a fantasy to, at best, deal with negatives of their own lives, or, at worst, to intentionally manipulate and take advantage of someone else they’ve met on the internet.

I am one of the lucky ones, I think while watching. Not necessarily for avoiding a catfish scenario, but because I am in love.

Real, true, genuine love.

And that is such a good feeling. Even in the sucky moments. Even when I’m upset the TTP is so far away. Even when I feel sad, lonely, and discouraged: I. Am. So. In. Love.

And that makes me one lucky lady.

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Bye, Bye, Dating Life. Hello, Relationship.

With things go so well with The Traveling Progressive, readers can look forward to different kinds of posts coming at them here.

But that brings me to a predicament: what do I do with the Tech Head?

Here’s the deal: I started talking to this guy a while ago, we text often, but he was out of town until recently. Now he’s back and wants to hang out, even though I haven’t responded to any of his texts for the past week. I don’t want to be a bitch and just ignore him because he seems like someone who would be a good friend, but I don’t want there to be any misunderstandings about the fact that I’m not looking for anything other than friends.

However, I also don’t want to send him a text that just assumes he’s only looking for someone to have a relationship with because that seems a little shitty. It reminds me of that text. . .

So I was thinking of something along the lines of: “Welcome back to [shitty town]! It would be great to hang out, but I feel like I should let you know that I’ve started seeing someone and am only interested in being friends.”

Does that sound shitty? Does that sound presumptuous? Does it sound like I’m keeping that door cracked open just-in-case?

That last one is definitely not how I want to sound. I’m almost obnoxiously serious about TTP. I still can’t seem to locate any flaws; last night I was in the crappiest mood, and he told me he would “just love on me” until I felt better; he makes fun of my weird quirks without being an ass. He likes to see me, and I like to see him, and even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, I don’t foresee any major shifts in feelings any time soon on either of our parts. I’m wild about him, and it’s not even that scary.

In other news, my friends keep telling me it needs to be “facebook official” but TTP and I decided to just not list any relationship status on there at all. I think it’s super cute that he removed his relationship status because of our conversation/the day after we had this conversation. In this convo, I told him that I didn’t have a relationship status because I have several friends that I didn’t necessarily want to know I was single, and I have several colleagues/former students as friends, and I don’t think my relationship status is any of there business. This convo ended with, “So, I basically just decided I wouldn’t have a relationship status unless I am in a relationship.”

His response? “The best way to beat the system is to not play by their rules.”


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Bye-Bye, July

My life continues to get more and more complicated, even though things are going well in basically all aspects.

The Cop is officially away. We chatted a bit the few days before he left while he was out of town, but other than that I have been cut off. I did some Facebook stalking that I’m not proud of, mostly because it wasn’t so much of him but of girls who were tagged with him in recent photos. From a 5k. Because I am totally insane.

It was fruitless stalking, of course. I also had a cryptic conversation about The Cop with a mutual friend. It was good because I was making some pretty passive aggressive comments about men/dating/his friends. I know he found it funny because we used to have these conversations in high school. I’m mostly still happy that I refrained from ever texting him and asking if The Cop was interested in anyone. So now our mutual friend knows, but oh well? He would have figured it out eventually on his own anyway.

So it’s a bummer that The Cop is gone, but I will live. Because I have plenty to keep me busy/entertained. Continue reading

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So, I went away for a couple of days. I had a great trip out of town with my BFF.

Both my OkCupid and Tinder apps updated my location (silly GPS!) and I started getting a lot of profile views from people who are a 3-hour drive away from where I live. I didn’t get on Tinder to check out any potential matches. That was either a great decision or silly one, because maybe my ideal guy is actually there and now I’ll never know? Continue reading

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A Drinks-Only Date

So, I went on a date Friday night, and let me tell you: it certainly did not go as I anticipated. At all.

I “matched” with this guy on Tinder, and we chatted for a bit and exchanged phone numbers. He invited me to come up to Indianapolis for their First Friday event in Fountain Square. He seemed nice, and it was something I’ve never done before, so I figured why not?

I knew within the first five or ten minutes that he was not someone I actually wanted to date. He reminded me of S.mouse, the rapper from Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys in just about every way: his mannerisms, the way he spoke, even if the way he dressed was more like the deadbeat dad (Blake Oakfield) who might’ve gone to jail after loaning his van to a friend. But he seemed like someone I could get along with even if I didn’t want to date him, so I stayed to hang out for a bit, explore Indianapolis, and then head home if I wasn’t able to meet up with my best friend who also lives in Indy.

S.mouse: Not exactly someone I want to date. Cover image from The Sydney Morning Herald.


Things were going decently at first: we had a couple of drinks, talked a lot, and checked out some art in the Murphy Arts Building. But then, it became apparent he was really just looking to buy drinks all night. I don’t really have a problem with getting drinks all night, but this was not really how the date was presented, and I’m not exactly someone who can go more than five or six hours without any food at all. Continue reading

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Those Under 25 Need Not Apply

Sure, a lot of people say age is just a number. And after a certain point, I think that definitely holds true. But I’m not at a point in my life where I’m even remotely interested in dating someone younger than me.

And yet, I’ve gotten a couple of messages from ballsy 20-year-olds, messages that make me cringe or feel awful. It also makes me feel a little annoyed.

On the one hand, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dating someone younger than you, regardless of your gender.

On the other hand, I personally am not at all interested in dating someone my students’ age. I teach at a university, and there is no way that I’m going to even think about a relationship with someone who could potentially be one of those students. It just weirds me out.

These two guys (I’m trying really hard to refrain from calling them kids, but that’s what they are to me!) have taken slightly different approaches.

Option A:

Men rule the world, but women rule men.

That’s what I’m looking for.”


Uh. . . okay? There are a lot of reasons I would say no to this kind of message. It’s (a) not a statement I agree with, and (b) not a statement that makes a lot of sense, and (c) I have no interest in being in a weird mothering relationship to my boyfriend (again). Maybe that last bit is reading too much into it, but that’s totally how it makes me feel. As my friend A pointed out, this guy “wants to be owned by a woman.” But that’s not what I’m looking for either. I’m fairly confident my response was “I want a partner, a teammate.” And not one who is five years younger than me.

Five years may not seem like a long time, but there’s a pretty substantial difference between a 25-year-old woman with a master’s degree and a 20-year-old college male. I might be interested in a particularly mature 23- or 24-year-old, but I’ve not really even met or seen a 25-year-old I’d be genuinely interested in hanging out with, married guy aside. So no.

I didn’t respond to this guy, and it appears that his profile has now been removed so I don’t have to.

Option B is a bit more sincere, which I’ve paraphrased here:

I know I’m younger than you’re looking for, we have a lot of the same interests, I’ve never heard of anyone in your music section, you write well. I’m getting a degree in English; how exciting to meet someone also working on a degree in that field.”

This guy seems sweet. But I’m not interested in dating someone younger, which the guy even acknowledges. It’s great that we have similar interests, and maybe I should remove that I’m looking for “friends” because maybe that would have prevented this (but really? does anyone else pay attention to what a user is actually interested in?). I feel almost obligated to respond, but I’m not sure how: “You should check out those artists; good luck with your degree!” But that almost feels like leading him on/allowing him to think I’m interested when I am most definitely not.

My other reaction to this message was really defensive: “I’m not working on a degree in English. I have two of them.” This is a silly reaction, but I can only take so much of people (men, particularly) assuming that I’m still a college undergraduate without wanting to unleash a wrath. I try to shake this off as a positive: I look young, and when I’m 40 or 50, I’ll be thankful to look younger than I am.

But that’s not always easy to do, and I find myself saying “I have a master’s degree” almost as a defense mechanism, as if that’s going to illustrate that I’m not as young as whoever I’m talking to thinks I am.

OkCupid sure offers a lot of inspiration for blogging, but I wish that I could prevent people who don’t meet my interests from messaging me. Maybe that will keep me from finding a wonderful match, but in reality it will probably just prevent people with a 58% match rating who are also over or under my age interests from sending me messages I don’t care to respond to and then feeling guilty about that.

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Cheaters to the Left, Please

Maybe it’s just living in this particular area, but I feel like my return to online dating has been pretty lackluster.

I’ve been messaging/chatting with a few guys on OKCupid that seem pretty cool. I’ve given Tinder a try, but I really don’t know how I feel about it. It seems pretty shallow and like an awful lot of guess work. Plus, I think a lot of people are looking to find casual sex there and nothing really more. It’s evident.

My favorite, though, is this guy I’ve spent the past couple of days talking with. He seemed like a nice guy; we joked a lot and actually had a lot of common interests.

Too bad he is married.

And by “too bad,” I mean, “wtf?”

Okay. Like, it’s cool if you want to cheat on your wife, if you have an open relationship, whatever. But it’s weird when someone doesn’t really try to hide it yet never mentions it.

And if he’s been spending all this time over the last couple of days talking to me, where is his wife? Somewhere else? Sitting across the room from him? Sleeping in their bed while his eyes are glued to his smart phone?

But that’s whatever. I stopped messaging him mostly out of annoyance, his nonchalant attitude about being married and on a dating/sex finding app, actively pursuing other women.

And I’m annoyed because he was nice, easy to talk to, and someone I would totally be friends with. . .where were the red flags? Where was the skeezeball attitude?

And is there really just no hope for dating for me? Sometimes dating just feels like choosing the least douchey of the douchebags available to you at that particular moment. Ugh.

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So, I Guess I’m Online Dating Again

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve gone and reactivated my OKCupid profile. I had planned to just make a new one (actually, I thought I had deleted the entire account), but I was able to retrieve and update my old profile.

Hello, three-year-old photos!

Goodbye, three-year-old photos!

Hello, current photos!

Wait a second. Where are the good, current photos of me? You mean I don’t have a full-length picture of myself that was taken in the past six months? The most recent one I could find is from last June?


I don’t know how this is going to go. I’ve already gotten several messages and I already don’t know how I feel about most of the people checking out my profile and sending me the “hey, ur beautiful” messages. Can’t you give me more than that?

I would hope so.

Anyway, it looks like I’m online dating again, so get stoked to hear how that’s going to go.

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