I Will Not Pay to Online Date!

That pretty much sums it up.

That pretty much sums it up.

I figure I’d now take the opportunity to do a little dating rant based on both a paper I wrote in Creative Writing class last semester at HCCC and also based on actual experience. Okay, here we go.

Here’s the situation. You’re on a dating site looking for someone who could easily become your significant other. Then one day, he or she decides to send you a message. You go online and check your inbox to see his or her message. You go to click on the message and next thing you know, the site’s asking you for your credit card information because they want you to pay a membership fee before you can talk to the person trying to message you.

Has this ever happened to you? Well, being a man of the Internet myself, it has happened to me several times. And no folks, I did not give the site my credit card. But still, I am sort of mad about this. I mean, we’re talking about the major dating sites like Match.com, Cupid.com, eHarmony.com and countless others. Match.com takes it a step further and asks for the credit card just to see who viewed your profile. They’re the ones who advertise that they have a very high success ratio in matching people up and yet they sneak in that “free trial membership” deal just to get you to pay. This is absolute crap.

Now I know that there are free sites out there that people can go to (and I belong to a couple of them) such as OKCupid.com, DateHookup.com or you can even use the social networking sites like Facebook and other sites. I have had slightly better luck on the social networking sites than I have had on either the dating sites or offline. Although none of the potential dates I met on the social networking sites led to anything lasting, at least I didn’t have to be prompted to whip out the ol’ credit card to talk to someone.

However, I still think that paying money to talk to someone on a dating site is just too much. Probably the only valid reason I would accept as far as people paying to talk to a potential significant other is that the site is trying to curb creepers and scammers that would otherwise have a field day on the free sites. However, it also has the potential to keep out people who are sincere about finding someone and who may not even have a credit card to use to pay to talk to someone.

And in that case, I just think that’s wrong. But that’s just me.

In conclusion, I just think that if the main dating sites did away with their fees and their “free trial membership” tactics, people would actually have better luck meeting people without having to shell out the credit card to pay unnecessary money just to talk to someone who may or may not be interested in them. That way, more people would actually use the site to hopefully find the happiness they deserve without having to reach for the wallet.

The reaching for the wallet part should be reserved for the date itself.

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Snowy Reception

The 1834 Jail during the snowstorm this morning.

The 1834 Jail during the snowstorm this morning.

Last night, we had the first major snow storm of the winter season and it continued well into the morning. We got about 8 inches of snow between last night and this morning. I was shovelling for most of the morning after I got home from work. I had to shovel out both here and at the Historical Society. However, they were closed probably because of the weather so I probably won’t get paid until tomorrow. I did manage to snap some pics of the storm while I was shovelling at the Historical Society and I submitted three of them to WKTV’s YouNews website. WKTV, based in Utica, is the local TV channel in this area and the only channel I get at my house.

Lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time on Twitter, which is basically a site where you write little blurbs about what you’re doing so that your friends can follow you. I joined that site basically to follow all of my favorite YouTubers and I actually enjoy that site very much that I spend every day on it posting my little blurbs and including links to this site as well as the Cat A Day site whenever I post a blog entry. In fact I managed to link my Twitter site with my Facebook site so whenever I make an update on Twitter, it will also appear as a Facebook update.

And another thing that has been bugging me. Lately the computer has been acting up quite a bit. Every so often it basically blinks in and out and I get these popups saying please activate your Antivirus. It gets pretty annoying especially when you’re trying to do something like writing this blog. In fact it did it again just now. I hope that this gets resolved soon.

Secret Admirers… And Other Things

Not too much has been going on lately on the ol’ web. Yesterday, I decided to take a day off mainly because the weather was pretty rainy for the walk up to HCCC and I had originally planned to take the day off to work on the book, but I was also pretty exhausted and decided to go to bed instead.

The only major event to happen over the weekend was of course the new “Harry Potter” book and it was probably a big event at Wally World, but I wasn’t there the night they unveiled it. I have not yet bought a copy of the book mainy because I have it on reserve at the Basloe Library which is where I am going to be tomorrow. From what I have heard, it is supposed to be pretty good and everything. I have only read two of the Potter books, the two being the “Goblet of Fire” and the last book “The Half-Blood Prince.” I have also seen the first four movies and I thought that they were pretty good. I am probably going to wait until it comes out on DVD before I go to see the fifth one, which is now in theaters.

Also in my search for Miss Right on the several personals sites where I have profiles on, it is still a pretty frustrating process. It turns out that I have a lot of secret admirers, all of them being on the Internet. It’s too bad that I don’t have any offline. If I did, I probably would have known about it by now. I’m basically the type in which nothing gets by me. However, those that do message me on the personal sites turn out to be scammers, another thing to watch out for. The good news is I know not to fall for them. All I have to do is just not reply.

Oh, well. What can you do? There is just so little time and so little I have to write about.