I can’t help it.
I love to read personal ads.
Especially the ones where people write to strangers. You know the ones? A person has seen someone somewhere, and that person feels compelled to write about the *moment* in hopes that this person *might* see it and then recognize him or herself so they *might* hook up and live happily ever after.
First of all, I want to see one documented case – one – where this approach has ever worked.
Especially ones like these from isawyou.com:
In the name of fun, I’d like you to imagine that you are flipping through some local edgy magazine or some wonky online website when you see it.
Someone has written a personal ad.
And you know it’s about you.
Here’s how I imagine mine would go:
Last Monday. 1 pm. Seen leaving MCC campus. Woman dragging an unattractive wheelie-bag wearing a hat and a smile. You disappeared between a row of cars. I tried to come for you, but I don’t have a pass for Lot K. Can I buy you a ginger ale?
I can’t even tell you how much fun I had writing that, and it isn’t even that great!
So here is your chance!
In the comments, write a personal ad about yourself.
It can be fact or fiction or a hybrid.
Oh, and keep them under 50 words.
Personal ads ain’t cheap.
Unless you are on Craigslist.
Okay, who am I kidding? Even if they cost $750, personal ads are cheap.
But may they never disappear. Never.
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