I was already on assignment, so that seemed like a little too much work.
Here's winking at you, kid
If you like to play it coy, Mouse Mingle allows you to “wink” at a potential match before you chat to gauge their interest. Think of it like a Facebook poke with all the same creepy connotations. Winking (and winking back) is free, but chatting will cost you. To engage in any sort of conversation, you have to upgrade your account to the tune of $12.55 per month or $120 per year. To get around that, many Mouse Minglers include an email address on their profiles.
Part of their world
I started chatting with a guy from Yonkers who makes balloon animals for a living. I realize that sounds like a job a sex offender would have, but being on deadline forced me to be less judgmental. I gave him my number (a burner, because I am as paranoid as I am committed to my craft) and we texted back and forth. He asked me if I watched Breaking Bad, which somehow, strangely led me to assume he was normal enough to meet in person.