My daughter loves her job, the people she works with and where she lives. So what’s the downside? The shortage of available men. See, she works in fashion in a retirement community – which means most of the men she meets are either gay or over 70 – a double-whammy for a young heterosexual woman. In addition, she’s stuck with relying on friends or co-workers to play match-maker. With the pickin’s pretty slim to begin with, this mode of operation isn’t getting her too far.
So I got to thinking, maybe she needs to widen her dating horizons. Perhaps online dating?
But where does a vegetarian, yoga-practicing, health-nut go to find someone who is more passionate about saving turtles than hitting all the right clubs?
I googled, of course…
First stop: http://greensingles.com/ Like most dating sites, this one offers a chance to meet singles in your area, but with a green twist. According to Green Singles: “Meet progressive singles in the environmental, vegetarian, and animal rights communities and other like-minded green singles.” Interesting tidbit about this site: It says it’s been matching greenies since 1985 – which seems a bit of a stretch computer-wise. Hmmmm. But they do have the “Green Safety Shield” which, though sounds like primary-colored condoms, is actually a privacy-protection thing, so your info, messaging, etc isn’t up for grabs by everyone who visits the site. And you can advertise your “green market” (business) which is kind of a perk.
Next up: http://www.planetearthsingles.com/ Launched on Earth Day 2006, this one caught my eye because it offers green events and conscious retreats, and defines themselves as eco-sexy – which equates to romance in an earth-friendly way: i.e. “…romantic candlelight dinners to save electricity, showering together to save water (oh really) and sleeping in sheets made from 100% cotton, bamboo or hemp.” No mincing words here.
A home-page picture on this next site: http://www.green-passions.com/ made me snicker a bit at first. A man is hugging a rather large tree (compensating for something?) But actually, the visual gets their point across – love me, love my obsession with nature. Enough said?
There are others, but the last one I’m going to talk about is http://www.ecodater.com/ New to the green-scene, 2009, this little upstart boasts it’s “the fastest growing green dating & networking site with members from all over the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, and beyond.” Personally, I’m quite interested in the beyond aspects, but that’s just me. It also fans the romance fires but offering a limited free premium membership. Is this like sitting in first class on the love plane?
I don’t know. Maybe this is just a trend and not something my daughter would be interested in. See, she wants to date, pure and simple. The icing on the cake would be finding someone with like-values and interests – basically what everyone else is looking for, period.
Perhaps the internet is today’s favorite aunt or best friend who knows just the person you’re looking for and offers a portal into the relationship market these days.
But, whether you’re hoping to find your soul-mate or simply get your green-booty call on, what the heck – trying something new might open a few new doors. It’s all about taking life by the horns (apologies to vegans) and stepping out of your comfort zone.
One thing I am sure of – there are some pretty cool environmentalists out there also looking for love. If your lucky, you just might find each other if you’re willing to let the computer do the walking for you.