Dispatches from the front lines: Don’t make me strain my hands

Today on a well-known dating website I began a conversation with a woman, an artist from suburban Chicago.  In any case, after a few message exchanges she wrote the following:

I don’t mean to be rude, but I have very limited keyboard time since my work requires use of my hands away from the computer… a new email friend is not a good match for me.

Good luck in your search.

Seriously. She had preemptively determined that this was destined to be nothing more than an email friendship. Not all that unusual. But she concluded therefore that further communication would put undue strain on her hands, and potentially compromise her tender creative capabilities. Not meaning to be rude, of course.

And of course, none of the rest of us need to use our hands in our daily work. Oh, voice-recognition keyboard technology, where are you when we need you?!

Dating websites have  painfully reminded me that the moment a woman encounters a man, she begins looking for a reason to reject him. This, I have to admit, is one of the more creative.

I’m sure  she’ll find someone she can communicate with telepathically.

This has been another Dispatch From The Front Lines.


One Comment on “Dispatches from the front lines: Don’t make me strain my hands”

  1. Tamyra says:

    I’ve heard a woman can tell in 12 seconds whether a man has a chance with her or not. Not sure how long men give this decision or if they aren’t even as discriminating as all that, but you have my sympathies. It does seem to take a lot of time to “chat” to me, I tend to get frustrated, and sad that the guys who are so fine with me spending whole days chatting with them, aren’t willing to actually talk with me. They all can’t be married, can they? Oh well,someday I’ll find the man who was meant to love me and wants my love too, I hope-Tamyra


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