Online dating is, honestly, the most interesting form of advertising there is. You are selling yourself, hoping that the highest bidder will meet whatever criteria you are looking for as well. No one would respond to an ad that says "My closet is a walk-in and my baggage comes with a seven piece set and matching makeup bag and dress carrier." I'll be upfront...my closet door is pretty much left open, so if you want to see inside it, ask. I'm cleaning it out at the moment. That's actually why I am living in Taftville at the moment...to make hard choices about where I am in my life and where I am going. I started that journey later then others...but that's not to say I haven't done a lot of journeying in the past.
STOLEN FROM MY OLD PROFILE, WHICH I JUST FOUND BECAUSE SOMEONE MESSAGED IT:
*********I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU:
WILL BE COMPLETELY HONEST... you can ask me ONE question (only in my inbox). Any question, no matter how crazy, sinister, or wrong it is. I WILL answer no matter what. You have my FULL honesty, but I DARE you to put this on your profile and see what questions you get.*********
Second challenge...when you message me the question, also message me ONE random piece of information from my profile. This way I know you took the time to read it. It might be long, but there's useful information in it, about me. If you tell me you've read all of it, only for me to find out "It was too long", you will quickly be cutting ties at conversation.
Random facts about Jen:
*I smoke (cigarettes) and drink. The first to excess, all the time, and the second, not often, but when I do, I do it well. If either of these facts are an issue, please...move along. I will admit that I am trying to cut back on my smoking…but I will not quit to make anyone else happy. If I do it it’s for my own health reasons.
*I am a nerd. Not a dork, or truly a geek, though I do have some geek-like tendencies. I read like an addict, play old school video games (I still have my Gameboy, PSOne and N64, and am currently looking to acquire an Atari and NES) and, while I do not play like I used to, think that Scrabble is the greatest game ever.
*Life and death, and the line between, are things that I tend to be far too versed in. Most people will never understand this; they think, on some level, they do, based on the deaths in their own lives…I am frequently flippant about death…it is a defense mechanism. I am aware of this. But don’t ever, even jokingly, say I don’t know what it’s like to see death first hand…because when I tell you I have seen every stage of it, have held more than one person as they have passed, it is not a joke. Does death frighten me? No, though the dark does…and if that statement makes any sense to you, then you have my permission to skip the rest of the profile and just e-mail me now and tell me what you think it means…if you’re right then we are on an entirely different level.
*I am a klutz to an embarrassing level. This translates into if we are going to a movie, or strictly going to dinner, I might wear heels because I like to look taller than I am. However, if we are doing anything that involves walking, standing, dancing...I will be in flats. Hell, during the warmer months, if we're going to a park to walk, or going to the beach, you can bet I'll be barefoot. I hate having my feet covered.
*Barefoot or not, I ADORE all of the dresses and skirts in my closet. Give me a good reason to wear them, please. My concepts of fashion are…totally not what some would expect from a girl like me. I am big on comfort, but love to look pretty…getting dressed takes longer then the shower and putting on makeup does, and I will often change three, or four, or five times before going out the door, even if I’m just going to the grocery store.
*I know a lot about specific things, yet nothing about other things. This means that if you talk to me about something I actually know about, I can be very talkative. Other things, though, while I will happily listen, my lack of commentary is not disinterest, it's trying to not look stupid because I do not believe in pretending I know what I'm talking about, only to look dumb. I will ask questions (I am capable of fluid and intelligent and engaging conversation), I just may not have my own opinions.
*Beauty is skin deep. That being said, I recognize that being a plus-sized girl, I might not be what you are looking for. If I message you, it does not mean I want to date you (goodness, I’ve said that a lot in this introduction, but I feel it’s important to repeat at this point), it means that something in your profile made me think we could be friends. In dating, though, I realize that, at least initially, there needs to be some physical attraction, and will be blunt enough to say “Sorry, you are not what I’m looking for” if you approach me to date. It does not mean, though, that we cannot be friends, and sometimes friendships develop into more than that.