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Friday, October 18, 2013
Children of the Revolution
What can I say, I was having a Moulin Rouge moment as I was simultaneously thinking of a title... But that's not (unfortunately) what I'm here to talk about. Maybe next time. Regardless, i'm definitely ready to start a revolution. But first some background...
I don’t mind the busy work.
Or the answering
phones. I can do both in my sleep, and I actually enjoy (for the most part)
helping the other secretaries with overflow and the attorneys with their own
projects. I can make do without having access to Facebook, or my non-work
email. I can sit here all day, looking pretty and smiling when people walk in.
I can even deal with the secretaries forgetting my breaks.
I can’t deal with
the quiet. Or really, the silence. There’s no music for me to listen to, and,
worse, much worse, no one to talk to. It’s not that I don’t have work friends;
it’s the infrequency in which I get to talk to them. My set lunch hour is typically
the earliest because it allows whoever has been covering my desk to take her
lunch when she’s done, but still have it at a reasonable time for lunch. This
means that I’m taking a lunch a tad earlier than the rest of the office. Cue
montage of Nora sitting in the office kitchen eating (for the most part) by
But fear not, dear
reader(s) (....do we still have readers?) for I have found a solution to my
problem. Or at least, an outlet.
I have taken to
regularly using OkCupid.
Some of you may
remember that I have a profile on the popular dating site.
I’m sorry, that link is to a mystery profile...can’t possibly be mine.
Well wherever mine is, the important part is that I have one. And even more so,
I have the OkCupid app on my Pear-Pod. Which means that while at work I can
flick through the Quick Match feature and by my afternoon break, someone that I
have ‘liked’ on the site has shared their interest in me.
You may be
asking (fine, you're not but for arguments' sake let's say you are) why, why do
you do this? Well, I’m up every day at 6am and work as a receptionist from 9
until 5:30. And it’s those last few hours...that post afternoon break,
but before 5:30 time period where the quiet really gets to me. By then, most
everyone has gone home and I’m just sitting at my desk twiddling my thumbs,
waving at everyone as they go by. But I still have an hour left before I too
can go home. I don’t know about the rest of you but the more tired I get, the
more unfiltered my mouth gets.
co-writer calls it sleepy-drunk. That point in the day (and it’s different for
all of us) where you are just so tired you almost feel like you’ve had 4 vodka
sodas and you are just ready to let everyone know what you’re thinking as
you’re thinking it. ‘Hey, your name is the same last name as a woman my mom
used to have as a client (hair dresser, rude), do you have any relatives who
used to have their hair cut on the south west side?’ or ‘You’ve got a sucker!
I’m jealous’ cut to a partner giving me a sucker on her way out of the office.
Which once again leads us to ‘You mentioned being batshit crazy is a deal
breaker, I swear I’m not that. But the internet says we’d be great friends, and
we both know the internet doesn’t lie.’
Obviously the answer
is go on OkCupid to the above mentioned 'Quick Match' section and send
some messages. One day a few weeks ago I ended up talking to a young gentleman
about my hatred for Evanston born out of my loyalty to Chicago (he also
happened to have gone to school in Evanston, but did that stop me? Of course
not). Just the other day I noticed someone was wearing a bow tie in a picture
and sent “I noticed you wear bow ties, bow ties are cool.” followed by a quick
“Oh god, and now I’m sitting here hoping you got the reference and don’t just
think I’m a loon”, He must not have gotten the reference. The one I sent last
week may very well be my favorite, I told someone that he was obviously too
cute to be on a dating profile site and that I hoped he wasn’t a serial killer.
(And I maintain that position.)
What’s the point of this, you’re probably not asking yourself? Who knows.
Will these seemingly crazy, but hopefully quirky messages be taken
seriously? Probably not. And honestly, I find that to be unfortunate and yet,
at the same time, it’s helpful.
Because my point
people, yes I do have one, is that we’re at our most true selves when we get
like that. And so I say that if you have read one of my messages and think
immediately “that girl is crazy”....you’d be right. However, if the second half of
your thought is, ‘there’s no way this chick can be real, she’s got to be putting
on an act. No way am I responding to this,’ well then have fun going out
with the girls who sound all sweet and innocent when they message you but are
either going to bore you to tears or throw all of your stuff out a window and
then set fire to it.
Meanwhile, I’ll just
be sitting over here, having fun with the people who read a message and thought
‘okay she may sound a little crazy, but she also sounds like my kind of crazy.’
I think if more
people were really themselves when attempting to make contact with another
carbon based life form, whether it’s online or in a bar (do people meet
anywhere else?), then maybe the dating world wouldn’t be as scary as we make it
out to be. You act like you, someone likes that person, and the two of you get
together. At the very least, you might end up friends with an awesome person.
And with that, I
leave you with my current favorite representation of dating. Or at least, how I
sometimes want it to be:
On the off
chance you read that and said: Hey! These girls sound interesting, I should
follow them on all forms of social media....you can follow us at the following.