I was encouraged by some staunch advocates of online dating to try JDate
Shockingly I met some of the edgiest, strangest men on this site. First was a man I will call Almond Man because he always brought almonds to feed me on dates since he couldn't afford to go to dinner. Once, after we went for tea, he couldn't afford to pay so we had to walk to the cash machine. But of course, in order to avoid the fee, it had to be his bank so we had to walk all the way from the East to the West Village. That was our first date. For our second date, he decided to cook dinner for me, and he picked me up at my apartment to drive me to his place in the Bronx. On the way, he got a text and suddenly swerved the car in the opposite direction.
"What's going on?" I asked.
"Jumper" he said. It was then I found out he covered the suicide beat for a local newspaper, and he was always on assignment. So our plans for the evening were delayed as he drove me to the gruesome scene of a suicide, from which I was fortunately shielded by hordes of police and firemen as I cowered in his car. When we finally got to his place, he happily showed me the Christmas gifts he'd bought for his kids who were luckily living with their mother, his ex-wife. They were two GI Joe figures. He was proud of himself because he'd dug them out of the neighbor's trash. I knew then there was slim chance of a long-term relationship with a suicide reporter and a dumpster-diving gift giver. - E, 32, Williamsburg