6 years. 5 websites. 50+ dates. 0 lasting loves.
Starting at age 13, I began to explore the wonder of group dates, after-school homework sessions, sports events, school dances, music competitions and the plethora of other non-date options available to teens with little to no ‘fun money.’ There were boys, and there were lots of them. They loved girls, and seemed to prefer little else to getting the chance to spend time with us. No one had money to blow, so real dates were out of the question. A real date would probably have dulled or killed the excitement, anyway. I capitalized on all of these factors, and I almost always had a boyfriend. I even earned the title ‘serial monogamist’ from one overly critical girl in my AP Chemistry class. I didn’t care, especially because no one even expected me to have sex with them! My dignity did not feel threatened by her intended gibe. No, in high school, the pre-dating world was my oyster.
Then I went to college. In Oregon.
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