Although I've done the next best thing: crossed off three online sign-up things.
1) Be a guy on Groupon
Cosmo says: "Groupon is an awesome way to find bargains .... and men. Here's how: The site sends people different deals based on their profiles. So if you create a Groupon account for a 28-year-old male, you'll get daily e-mails with the lowdown on all the fun, cheap, and (most important) guy-friendly events happening in your area."
Karin says: Since I already have a Groupon account attached to my Yahoo! e-mail, last Friday I set up a male profile (and made him 32) for my Gmail account. Since then, here, my respective offers have been:
Saturday Girl: 75% off car-sharing services through RelayRide
Saturday Boy: 52% Off Massage & Mani-Pedi at Vim in Cambridge
Sunday Girl: 20% for Irish-Heritage Trolley Tours
Sunday Boy: 20% for Irish-Heritage Trolley Tours
Monday Girl: Half-off products & classes at Stitch BoutiqueFolks, I've identified a reason for my singleness: I'm a 32-year-old man and didn't know it.
Monday Boy: Half-off products & classes at Stitch Boutique
Meanwhile, the car-sharing service seems the most promising. Can you imagine the sparks unexpectedly flying over the key exchange and fuel receipts? That's a novel waiting to be written.
2) Join a co-ed intramural
Cosmo says: "Men are obsessed with recreational sports leagues. But if your athletic abilities are lacking, they're not exactly your idea of a good time. Luckily, lots of fun, new options are popping up that require zero talent (think skee-ball, dodgeball, or even Quidditch, the game from Harry Potter). Sign up for one to increase your dating pool with none of the embarrassment."
Karin says: Maybe down the road I'll have a stomach for kickball, but for now I want to join something for which I do have a minor talent. I was thusly pleased to see The Most Informal Running Club Ever (TMIRCE) still meets every Saturday morning for Charles loops and brunch. Duly signed up and will have a report next week.
3) Get random and silly ... online.
Cosmo says: "Online dating sites are cropping up lately that match you with guys based on random, silly shared interests. A couple of our favoirtes: alikewise.com, which looks at your favorite reads, and saladmatch.com, which gives you your Salad Soul Mates based on your go-to toppings. Since they don't take dating as seriously as the big matchmaking websites do, you're likely to meet more laid-back dudes with a sense of humor."
Karin says: On the former, I listed The Corrections as favorite novel and JoAnn Beard's Boys of My Youth as most memorable memoir, followed by a tale about how I came to know Beard's book 13 years ago while trying to talk my way into the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. But haven't browsed yet, since I seem to have lost track of my user ID and password.
Just Salad serves "just salads" and has 5 locations in New York and 2 in Hong Kong. So I couldn't answer to most-visited site (there's one at 30 Rock!) or if I brought my own reusable bowl and bag when visiting. But I did confess that my favorite salad toppings were (in order) portabella mushrooms, reduced fat cheddar cheese, butternut squash and pumpkin seeds and that I don't add bread because I'm "watching my carbs."
I thought it would be fun to have my profile photo show me ravishing a roasted goose leg, so I added one that does.
I also thought it would be fun to say my age is 28, so I did.
My first "search" tonight yielded a slender, dark-complected six-o-clock shadow man balancing an appetizer plate in one hand. We only are a 43% match," but share an affinity for "spicy Thai peanut dressing."
Day 6 of 31: 1 mile (just enough treadmill time to break a sweat)
March Total: 7.55
2011 Total: 110.61