by McKenzie James
Recently I got a message on an online dating site from an attractive man with the profile name “str8t_rod”. I thought his meant his hobby was racing street rods. Not something I’m into, but then I’m not the type of person that thinks couples need to share all the same hobbies, so I emailed him back and we began to chat. The conversation moved quickly from “How are you doing today?” to “I’d love to caress your sensuous curves and run my hand down …”
I was taken aback but this fast dash to inappropriate sex chat so I went back to review his profile and see if there was something in there that would have clued me in to his real intent. I’m sure my readers, who are most likely not as dyslexic as I am, and who probably paid more attention in pre-school while being taught phonetics, are already laughing, have easily recognized my mistake. He wasn’t talking about a “street rod”; he was talking about a “straight rod”! This is a particularly embarrassing mistake for a woman who’s already written an article about how to read online dating profiles.
Looking back I realize that even if I’d read it correctly I might still have responded thinking he was just a guy name “Rod” who wanted everyone to know he isn’t gay. Alas, his name is Paul!
Some women may have been shocked by this interchange and put off from online dating altogether but McKenzie is not faint of heart. I simply laughed and wrote it off as another experience worth blogging about.