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
One of the things I found while dating online...
... was a disproportionately high number of agoraphobic men. I met one such agoraphobic individual who never left his apartment in Hudson Heights and required I go to his place for dates while he read passages to me from his extensive Philip Roth selection. On one date, he revealed to me that he had a nasty little habit he was trying to get under control. "I'm a flasher" he told me. "I used to use online dating to meet girls and flash them but they never stuck around. I finally decided I needed a stable relationship."
Of course his idea was that we meet once a week, Tuesday afternoons, at his place for a few hours. That's when I decided I didn't want to be part of his so called "stable" relationship, although I did subsequently develop a nasty little Philip Roth addiction. - B, 36, Williamsburg
I took this girl out for a first date to Bar Six in Chelsea
She was clearly very nervous and had clearly concocted a persona that she probably pulled out on all her dates. She kept calling me "Kid," like she was in a Humphrey Bogart movie. When I wasn’t responding to her very obvious attempts to make out right there at the bar, she told me that I was a typical guy with intimacy issues and that I should figure out my shit before I ask a girl out on a date. - S, 33, Inwood