Well, ok. Not really. But I'm meant to think I do!
A pretty young woman named Amanda sent me a message on Yahoo Personals. Her profile said she lived quite near me. This is what she wrote:
Hello, Dave! Are you real? I'm interested in knowing you hope you're too. Can you send me your recent pic I'll be waiting. Here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was intrigued. Largely because she was hot. But also because she asked, "Are you real?" Wow, a compliment from a pretty girl! I'm set!
So I wrote back:
Thanks for writing! [Gee, I didn't sound desperate or anything, do I?]
>> Are you real?
LOL! I hope this was meant as a compliment, 'cause I sure took it as one!
>> Can you send me your recent pic
I wish I could! The pic that's up on my profile is not too old, but it's not too good either. I don't have a digital camera or camera phone, so I'm a bit out of luck on the sending-you-a-pic score. I'm not wildly unattractive, not fat, not balding, no missing/extra limbs or anything like that. I think I'd qualify as average.
I look forward to getting to know you!
It would be over a week before I heard from her again...