every girl

Him: “So nice to finally meet you.”
Me: “Me? There must be a mistake, I don’t think we know each other.”
Him: “Oh, you’re not Sarah/Chrissy/Anna?”
Me: “No, sorry – My name is Jen.”
Him: “Oops.”

Two minutes later, a 5’5” girl with brown hair and hazel eyes enters and the man approaches Sarah/Chrissy/Anna.  This time, however, the two of them walk off hand-in-hand to order coffee from the barista.  My guess?  It’s their first date, and the guy confused me with the itsy-bitsy photo he’d seen on Sarah/Chrissy/Anna’s online profile.
IMG_8242I’m often told that I resemble so&so’s sister, a co-worker’s friend, or a stranger’s cousin.  All the comments got me wondering: what does the average person look like?  I did a Google search and found a project called Face of Tomorrow that documents what the average person looks like in every country.  The artist hasn’t reached America yet, but I kinda look like a composite of girls from other countries (including Australia):
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All the research on ‘the average person’ made me wonder if people present themselves differently on internet dating profiles.  A little more digging and I learned, “fifty-three percent of American people surveyed said they lied in their online dating profiles.”  And when it comes to photographs, “the more attractive the picture, the more likely it is to be out-of-date.”  Interesting, right?  No wonder people have trouble finding their date in a crowd.photo (72)
That’s all I’ve got for online dating, but I’d love to hear from you: any tales from Match, Tinder or Hinge?  Any stories that make you laugh or cringe?view
My dinner club met last night, and we spent a good 20-minutes talking about how much we enjoy going to the movies.  By the end of the meal, we decided to forgo August dinner and do brunch and a movie.  I started making a list of August releases, and my top picks were Belle and What If.  photo (73)While I was watching trailers, a friend called asked if I wanted to see Boyhood in an hour.  The movie got 99% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and so we spent the afternoon cozied up in the theater.  Final verdict?  See the film.

Do you go to the movies often?  Is there anything you’d recommend seeing?

23 thoughts on “every girl

  1. No online dating for me! I did meet a couple people through Instagram, but we just had coffee and hiked..sooo..does that count? It was totally unexpected, but kinda fun! HA. I think you are one of a kind, ADORABLE and I just wanna spend a day exploring and eating these ice cream sandwiches with you.

  2. Thats so funny, did that really happen? A guy approached me in the supermarket once and mistook me for some Brasilian girl he had been talking to in the party at the beach. I really had to convince him I was not her (he must have been drunk or there must have been bad lighting, lol) but when I finally convinced him he was so embarrassed and came again twice to apologize! I shoudl write about this in my blog! haha xx

  3. Oh, that’s pretty funny! A case of mistaken identities. I’m thankful I never felt like joining the world of online dating, I think that would make me too nervous!

  4. I’ve never done any online dating. I have been married so long that it wasn’t even a thing back then! I will definitely be checking out the average person site. What a cool idea!

  5. I haven’t done any online dating, but I love hearing stories that other friends have. A friend that works for a church told me that her dates just tried to rattle off Bible stories all night to impress her….haha!

  6. I ended up meeting my wife (not necessarily with that intent at the time) through Yahoo! personals before online dating was all the rage. For me, at least, it was the beginning of my fairy tale story.

    I lived in Melbourne, FL. She lived in Jacksonville, FL. I would travel the two hours each way on Friday after work, spend the weekend, and leave at 6am Monday morning to get to work on time. I got to memorizing the exact mile markers that signified 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the way there. Needless to say, the trip up on Friday was much more enjoyable than the one back on Monday morning.

    As cliche and kitschy as the whole online dating scene seems at times, it worked in real life for at least one couple (without any pictures). Funny story, first time I ever saw my future wife (and first time she ever saw me) was when she showed up at my apartment door.

    I was living with my best friend (and who turned out to be my best man). Well, he was African-American, and the first thing that Jen (my wife) said when he answered the door was “Dave?” We still laugh over that one. I wonder whether it would be a better idea to abandon photos in data profiles altogether. I know it’s a moot point to consider, but an intriguing hypothetical to ponder, isn’t it?

    • i didn’t know your wife’s name was Jen! gorgeous name ❤ and the story of how you two became a duo is precious – love the whole bit about memorizing the mile-markers and the confusion with your friend 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  7. What a fun little encounter on your way to the movies! I don’t go to the movies often. I usually wait for the movie to come out on TV or rental, then enjoy it for 1/2 the price at home. But sometimes there’s a movie that pulls my attention so much, it’s worth the trip to the theater!

    So glad to hear you enjoyed your movie experience. And the ice cream sandwiches look delish!

  8. I always thought online dating was icky and weird until a friend signed us both up and I finally decided to check out my messages and this one guy named Scott had sent me a few and I thought he was kinda cute so I responded…and then we had a date, and another, and another, then we got engaged 6 months later and married a year after that. 😀

  9. I’ve never tried online dating, but one of my good guy friends signed up for eHarmony one time. His #1 match? A girl that happened to be in all of his college classes. Their encounters were a little awkward after that…

  10. I started online dating just to see what it was like. The first profile I saw was for a guy I thought I’d really like to date — he was older, a teacher, had his Masters, etc. Buuuuuut then we met & the glass was shattered. His profile picture was at least 5 years old, he had ‘roid arms, and he was balding — not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a little shocking when you expected someone 5 years younger with a full head of hair. He kept insisting he was a “jack of all trades” & told me how he built his own patio. That’s nice, but when you keep insisting, it starts to get annoying. He complained about every date he’d ever been on, said he was going to write a book about it, and did not pick up any clues that none of that interested me or that maybe that’s not 1st date conversation. To top it all off, he still tried to kiss me at the end. It was so bad. Oof.

    Surprisingly, I kept at it [after a break] & met J later that year. We’ve been together ever since, almost 4 years now. It DOES work, you just have to wade through all the bad dates to get to the good ones. 🙂

  11. Ah, that cracks me up! I can totally see how it might be hard to match up those tiny profile pics to a real life person 🙂 I don’t have any experience with online dating but I have a lot of friends who met their current significant others (or spouses!) online. And brunch + a movie sound like the best kind of dinner club outing 🙂

  12. I did the online dating thing a while back, but I don’t think Ill be doing it again anytime soon! Haha. And that ice-cream sandwich (Thats what it is, right?) looks amazing! I could jump through my screen and eat the whole thing!

  13. I could write a book on my online dating horrors 🙂 And yes, from experience, most photos are out dated. I do not go to the movies enough… its been too long!

  14. Your ice cream sandwiches look amazing!! And dinner club – no idea what it is but that sounds so fun too. We rarely go to the movies – but I’ve heard great things about Boyhood.

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