Update? Digital Dating “Too Good Not To Share” Nuggets

Yup, I’m back again.  Is crazy really defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

I did a double take when I saw this at the top of a still active dating site profile on OK Cupid: “UPDATE: I’m in a relationship now, so not looking for dating. But feel free to read on if you have an interest in my ramblings…”  Uh, boy.


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We all have our rituals.  When I have a romantic breakup, I like to read the quotation below.  I’ve been doing this ever since I read Samuel Beckett’s Molloy in college – and had my first serious relationship – well, as serious as a relationship at age 19 can be.  I wonder what Robert Coles, who taught my “Literature of Social Reflection” class would think.  I recall that he termed the class’s bibliography a reading list for life.  I guess it truly is.

“And once again I am I will not say alone, no, that’s not like me, but, how shall I say, I don’t know, restored to myself, no, I never left myself, free, yes, I don’t know what that means but it’s the word I mean to use, free to do what, to do nothing, to know, but what, the laws of the mind perhaps, of my mind, that for example water rises in proportion as it drowns you and that you would do better, at least no worse, to obliterate texts than to blacken margins, to fill in the holes of words till all is blank and flat and the whole ghastly business looks like what is, senseless, speechless, issueless misery.”

Samuel Beckett, “Molloy”

Today Is the Tomorrow You Worried About Yesterday

I’ve had a hard week  – and now, it seems a hard weekend.  And most of what made it hard were the moments or hours of uncertainty.  The worry that can accompany these times can be exhausting – emotionally draining.  A day of worry can be more depleting than a day of work.

When I worry, I am prevented from focusing my attention and energy on the present, on what I can do to prevent the worrisome events from coming to fruition.  But I don’t seem to be able to help it.  I am a perfectionist.  I am a Virgo.  And I like to worry.  When I take on a client engagement, I take on the pressures my client is feeling – and the pressures that, ultimately, the entire corporation is experiencing – because I feel strongly that my piece of work is a crucial part of enabling success or avoiding failure.  And usually I am right, at least to some extent.

At the end of 2008, I was part of a team of consultants retained by a new executive at a major corporation whose CFO had made a comment that the investment world took as a promise, and it was the task of my client to make the impossible thing he promised happen.  A lot at stake.  Well, I was so aware of this at the start of the project that I could hardly think.  Not productive.

As it turns out the work that my colleagues and I completed was crucial in enabling our client to do the absolutely impossible – or so it seemed that autumn day when we began.  The company succeeded in attaining $500 million in incremental revenue, and our direct client earned all kinds of acclaim and even industry awards.  Now, that was a sweet success that was potentially worth the worry.

However, was the worry helpful in achieving that end?  Probably not.  Appreciating the potential impact and the import of what we signed up to do was important.  Becoming so worried that I temporarily lost my short-term memory was not.

Over the years, I have lost hours of work and hours of sleep worrying about seemingly inevitable events that did not happen, concerned about the quality of deliverables that turned out to exceed client expectations, and feeling painfully concerned about what turned out to be misunderstandings.

As I struggled with these issues, my uncle, who is also a wise mentor to me said these poignant words, “Don’t borrow trouble,” he said, quoting a popular saying that I was not aware of.  Don’t spend today worrying about what may or may not pass.  Super hard for a perfectionist such as myself to fully absorb, but I am trying.

Today, as I am experiencing a new bout of worry – this on a personal, social level, I went to the Net to confirm whether the quote was, “don’t borrow worry” or “don’t borrow trouble” and came across a treasure trove of years of wisdom about disarming yourself of your worry.  And I felt a need to share them with you as I suspect that now and again you may subject yourself to this unproductive emotion – and whether this is the case of not, I find them quite witty, entertaining and thought-provoking – and have selected a sampling that I hope will make your day a little better, save you a sleepless night or two, and prove valuable someday down the road.

The source of this compilation of quotations comes from a website called, quotegarden

If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.  ~Don Herold

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.  ~Mark Twain

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.  ~Author Unknown

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen.  ~James Russel Lowell

If things go wrong, don’t go with them.  ~Roger Babson

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.  ~Leo Buscaglia

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.  ~Benjamin Franklin

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.  ~Dale Carnegie

I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time.  ~Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

Troubles are a lot like people – they grow bigger if you nurse them.  ~Author Unknown

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.  ~E. Joseph Cossman

Nerves and butterflies are fine – they’re a physical sign that you’re mentally ready and eager.  You have to get the butterflies to fly in formation, that’s the trick.  ~Steve Bull

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance.  Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal – and soon they’ll forget my number.  ~Edith Armstrong

Nerves provide me with energy.  They work for me.  It’s when I don’t have them, when I feel at ease, that I get worried.  ~Mike Nichols

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief…. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.  ~Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things”

People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.  ~Author Unknown

You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.  ~Pat Schroeder

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.  ~Glenn Turner

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.  ~George Bernard Shaw, “Family Affection,” Parents and Children, 1914

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.  ~Christian Nevell Bovee

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.  ~Nelson DeMille

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.  ~Author Unknown

We experience moments absolutely free from worry.  These brief respites are called panic.  ~Cullen Hightower

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.  ~Dean Smith

It only seems as if you are doing something when you’re worrying.  ~Lucy Maud Montgomery

A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.  ~George Herbert

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.  ~Thomas A. Edison

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.  ~Swedish Proverb

Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time.  Some people bear three – all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.  ~Edward Everett Hale

That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.  ~Chinese Proverb

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.  But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.  ~John Newton

Worry bankrupts the spirit.  ~Berri Clove

Worry ducks when purpose flies overhead.  ~C. Astrid Weber

It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge a elephant, but we can’t dodge a fly.  ~Josh Billings

Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.  ~Attributed to Douglas MacArthur

You can never worry your way to enlightenment.  ~Terri Guillemets

When you suffer an attack of nerves you’re being attacked by the nervous system.  What chance has a man got against a system?  ~Russell Hoban

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is to small to be made into a burden.  ~Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook

I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor.  “Never worry about your heart till it stops beating.”  ~E.B. White

There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry… Yesterday and Tomorrow.  ~Robert Jones Burdette

A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.  ~John Lubbock

As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see.  ~Julius Caesar

I refuse to be burdened by vague worries.  If something wants to worry me, it will have to make itself clear.  ~Robert Brault,

Don’t chain your worries to your body.  The burden soon becomes heavy and your health will give too much of itself to pick up the extra load.  ~Astrid Alauda, Dyspeptic Enlightenment

Worry is rust upon the blade.  ~Henry Ward Hughes

Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body.  ~Martin Luther

I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow.  It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.  ~Dorothy Day

Worry is a complete cycle of inefficient thought revolving about a pivot of fear.  ~Author Unknown

Loneliness, insomnia, and change:  the fear of these is even worse than the reality.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down.  ~George MacDonald

Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man!  Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!  ~Charles Dickens

Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.  ~Zacharty Bercovitz

Some of your hurts you have cured,
And the sharpest you still have survived,
But what torments of grief you endured
From the evil which never arrived.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.  ~Mark Twain

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.  ~Michel de Montaigne

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.  ~Calvin Coolidge

When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.  ~Joseph Joubert

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.  ~Edgar Watson Howe

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.  ~Thomas Jefferson

When I really worry about something, I don’t just fool around.  I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something.  Only, I don’t go.  I’m too worried to go.  I don’t want to interrupt my worrying to go.  ~J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind.  If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.  ~Arthur Somers Roche

There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.  ~Josh Billings

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.  ~John Dryden

Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.  ~William Ralph Inge

There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.  ~Seneca

We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.  ~John Lancaster Spalding

We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal.  We worry away our lives.  ~Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none.  For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.  ~Pliny the Younger

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.  ~Author Unknown

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.  ~Theodore N. Vail

No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.  ~George MacDonald

Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff.  Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.  ~Robert Eliot

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.  ~Montaigne, Essays, 1588

Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weights you down.  ~Toni Morrison

Every evening I turn my worries over to God.  He’s going to be up all night anyway.  ~Mary C. Crowley

Oh, No He Didn’t! – more digital dating misfires

Those longer-term followers of my blog know that now and again I like to revisit the land of digital dating for some comic relief and sincere dismay.

Well, a friend of mine has been kind enough to share some more memorable – as hard as she might try to forget – online openers and closers…

We’ll start with a witty reference to’s compatibility score:

“I’m quite smitten with you.  Too bad we’re 54% enemies.”

I don’t think that got him very far.

The next one started with the subject line: “Interested?”

“Hi, You are pretty and intelligent but you have never been married.  Why?

I am nice.  I am looking for someone who loves me and calls me every day.”

She didn’t call.

And finally, this note from a suitor who had garnered himself an actual email exchange with my friend:

“Please excuse my tardy reply but I’m actually getting hernia surgery today. It’s not very serious and I should be in and out of the clinic in under 2 hours… A friend of mine got the same procedure done 6 weeks ago… and he suggests, as does the doctor, that I don’t do anything strenuous for 2 weeks so………see you in August maybe? cheers.”

What, she wondered, had he planned for their first date?

Another friend had her boyfriend of two months  break up with her via text message.  And while this may seem comedically cliche – a la the George Clooney film “Up in the Air,” or fictionally dumbfounding as in the famous “Sex in the City” sticky note breakup, she actually found it quite time efficient.  Does any of us really want to have that face-to-face breakup talk?

The Guy:  “… Here, I am reading and enjoying some time off.  Nothing happened today, which was very nice actually.  I’m trying to find a way to get more time into my life, and realize that I need this badly.  Be well and talk to you soon.  Thanks for understanding.”

My Friend:  “Wow.  Ok.  Did you just break up via text?”

The Guy:  “No but I think I need some time off.  I have realized that there are some large diff in our personalities, it is not out of malice or hate. But am figuring out the best way to resolve it.”

Uh, I think he just did.


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Tick Tock, Tick Tock. The Digital Clock.

Tick tock, tick tock. I’m back on the clock.

What does it mean when a man includes this in his dating profile:

“I’m tired of playing games.”

What does it mean? I’m going to ask…

I can’t help it, this blog writes itself:

Headline: “your best friend and lover”

Opening line: “My name is Mark. I’m a vivid camper and hiker.”

Our educational system has failed us.

With All Due Respect…

With all due respect and in my humble opinion, this is something I would advise against including in a dating profile:

“…I love making out, have a passion for running, cooking, baking & movies.”

It seems to me that a person should “love” making out with a particular person, not as a independent concept – with all due respect.

Somehow, however this works:

“…I like sex, pizza with real olives, dogs, enough money for a good coffee, accordions, handmade things, good art, bad art that is better than good art, books…”

Women are desperate for men with a sense of humor – that and a good golden parachute.

I must say, I really like turn of phrase at the end of this self-description:

“I am bright, creative, grounded and realistically idealistic.”

On the other hand, when a 55 year old man (seeking a woman 35-50) uses the pseudoynm “YoungAtHeart,” it doesn’t make him seem youthful – in my humble opinion.

It seems that there are some men who feel that there are some women who have misled them through their online dating profiles:

“So I’ve been on a few dates with women that say they are petite… Being 5’2″ or under doesn’t constitute petite. Then there are the athletic/lean/fit types. Again…ladies….that means present not 10 yrs ago. And speaking of 10 yrs ago….even if you look younger than you appear… please use today’s age not the one represented in your old picture. Now please understand, I’m not perfect nor do I represent perfection…however… what you see is what you get….visually and on paper.”

Hmmmm… I wonder what kind of success he’s having with that siren’s song?

Are these sites spreading love or fueling the jadedness of the local NYC population? Have these online personas become their own bad will ambassadors?

In my case, I seem to benefit from this mass misrepresentation as the men I meet in person profess stunned amazement that I resemble my photos and physical description. One wonders but must be optimistic in the face of such sad, sad tales. On the other side, there are the increasing number of happy couples who are rumored to have met online. Are they the exception or the possibiity?

The Cat’s Meow

I met a beautiful, smart, single woman today while eating dinner at one of my favorite places. I mentioned that I am single, and she asked what type of man I am looking for. I gave her a few high level thoughts, and she encouraged me to develop and write down a more specific list of what’s important. How can you achieve something that you haven’t defined? she asked. I asked to see her list, she had it on her Blackberry, and this is what it said:

35-45 6’0″ 175lb Well-built ‘David’ type Dark hair Athletic
Brilliant Sweet Funny Caring
Wonderful Generous Spontaneous
Loving Passionate
Loyal Faithful
In love with me/my fam
Wants children now
Successful Wealthy Business-oriented Self-sufficient Self-made
Can help me with my ambitions
Great/aggressive in bed
Talented Loves music
Good family Good b/g/education
Interesting job/life
Masculine with a sensitive side
Makes me feel laugh
Doesn’t hold grudges
No emotional or psychological issues

Thinks I’m the cat’s meow

— An interesting approach. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

Is Shopping a Sport? Heck, yeah.

I have to say I do love sports — but I refer to my own brand of sports – which has little to do with pigskin or cowhide.

For example: Shopping. Today’s retail environment is a wonderful climate for shopping. A bittersweet benefit of the recession. In the last month, I have purchased two Missonis from Intermix — as much as 75% off — and four DVFs from her flagship store in the Meat Packing District — 60% off. It’s all about the hunt, the kill, and the trophy. The trophy is the dress, perhaps, but more importantly the tag that says: $795 marked down to $203.

But I’m not just a “girly girl,” as a friend who has seen two of the dresses likes to say. I also relish the Samsung flat screen purchased for $880 online – no tax or shipping — vs. the same tv for $1100 at Best Buy. Thank you, CNET!

Another form of hunting: Parking spots in NYC. Walking home from watching the fireworks tonight I saw a prime spot on 74th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. A huge spot that’s good until 9am on Friday. I was car-less at the time, but I made sure to point it out to an SUV on the prowl down the block.

Similarly, parking garages. I recently moved from one that was $233 to one that is $180 — and one subway stop away. (Again, a side benefit of the unfortunate blight of Wall Street.) This is in comparison to the $300-500 monthly cost for something closer to my apartment.

A third form of hunting is something I like to call “brand integration spotting.” I may make this a regular blog segment – or set up another site – or perhaps Twitter or Facebook with periodic brand-spots. And I invite you to contribute your own spottings. Example: I saw “The Day the Earth Stood Still” tonight and am SURE that LG paid for some product placement — we had several seconds looking at a phone with a huge LG logo. As did Honda — our fair (and flawlessly made up) heroine was spotted by the armed forces driving a small grey Honda. How trendy!

I think this could be a really good game for the new year. One needs to differentiate between: (a) paid placement — usually a somewhat unnatural period of time looking at a logo or product (b) happenstance product usage, e.g., a quick glimpse of a Citizen watch in the movie and (c) brands, etc. that are used for plot-specific reasons, e.g., a shot of Giants stadium with a sign promoting their 2008 Superbowl victory. Was the scene in which there was a brightly lit Pepsi ad in Times Square a placement? (I think it was Pepsi.)

Then of course, there is the manhunt. At any party or social event, it’s fun to see how many shiny pretty fish you can catch even if you end up having to throw them back because they’re too young… or so I’ve heard.

A Virtual Bait and Switch

I’ve recently reentered the treacherous world of online dating. The exchanges are often so entertaining, I feel I must share them. I hope this doesn’t make me look too cynical and that you’ll share in my dismayed amusement.

So, here’s an abbreviated exchange:

From the Potential Suitor:

“I think we have quite a few things in common. Let me know if you’d like to meet for a drink one evening.”


Well, a little brief and generic, but he has a nice profile and photo…

My Response:

“Definitely! I really enjoyed your profile.”


Have deleted the commentary that showed that I had read his profile and found his rather quirky hobby intriguing.

From the Potential Suitor:

“Thanks for replying… How about meeting this Friday or Saturday at 8 PM? I am in the Chelsea area, but you could propose a meeting place that works for you.”


I’ve deleted the witty repartee to protect the innocent. That said, some would recommend against giving up a Friday or Saturday night at prime time for a first date, but I’m so exhausted and busy during the week, I thought this was a good idea.

My Response:

“Friday at 8 is great. I like Chelsea a lot.’


My interpretation of Chelsea was West 14th Street — albeit a little south of the heart of Chelsea — as my world now revolves around the Apple Store and the milkshakes in Chelsea Market — tune in to see what he meant.

From the Potential Suitor:

“How about meeting at

31st & 7th
370 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
(212) 967-2041

Hope you have a great day!”


Huh????? Do they serve drinks at Starbuck’s? Is 31st & 7th really considered Chelsea????? Is that really a part of town you want to go to at 8pm on a Friday night????

My Response:

“Hi. If you’re interested in meeting at Starbuck’s then perhaps we could choose one on the upper west side where I live. I don’t drink coffee, but I know that there are a bunch of them within blocks of my apartment. I can look into which one is nicest. There are also some nice wine bars and lounges in the area. See you soon.”


Can’t wait to see how our story unfolds.