I thought my world had ended when the divorce papers were served. I was at work and the courier brought them right up to my desk and asked me to sign in from of all my co-workers. I had mentioned having some difficulties to some of the office ladies and it was pretty apparent what was happening.
I remember feeling like I could have shrunk into my office chair, never to be seen again, I would have.
That was almost 11 months ago and I've just now tried going on a few dates.
The guys at the office were few and far between on prospective date material and I wasn't really into the bar scenes in town, so one of my girlfriends suggested that I try out a dating website.
I spent that night setting up my profile. I kept it cute but confidential. I didn't want to give away too many details and I had heard horror stories about online dating. The somewhat embarrassing part was to describe my body type even though I am a petite blonde with a sports build that most men find attractive. I just thought that part was like setting myself up as an auction item rather than being romantic. For a final touch, I made sure to enter that billiards was my favorite hobby since I had been playing pool since I was in high school.
I didn't enter a profile picture, and instead chose anonymous with "photo upon request" as the default.
I started to get hits within 5 minutes of uploading the profile. From geeks to creeps to guys old enough to be my dad. The "winks" just kept coming.
I found one in particular pretty interesting. It was a user that went by the tag "Stickman". Said he was a pool guru, loved long walks on the beach and even had a dog.
I clicked on his profile picture which was of a boat on the ocean thinking I might be interested in seeing if he was up for a date.
It was my ex-husband Frank.
I immediately deleted my profile and haven't been back on a dating website since.
Mickey's funny stag night
We arranged for some surprise female guests to attend Mickey's special night
The mad sad occupier
Some lovely birds have started to occupy my back garden. They are delight to watch.
A huge age difference
Age difference doesn't matter when two people are madly in love with each other
A day with surprises
Great things happen to those who wait, well for me anyway!
Long hard nights of work
Working in restaurants is all I know, long hours without much pay or social life
Relax with good conversation and company
I love spending time with my best friend, we chat about anything and everything