How to Meet Singles During Pandemic

Single guy selling juicer on Craigslist. Pic by M.C.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how many interesting ads there are online during these “uncertain times.” I was looking for a juicer for a family member and I found a funny ad on Craigslist San Diego.

The title reads—Electric juicer – Be healthy now! – $20 (Carlsbad)

“I am a single, health oriented, guy, 49, educated (doctorate) and I don’t have a girlfriend anymore to share my absolutely fantastic vegetable smoothies. The electric juicer is still here, but I probably won’t find a girlfriend during the pandemic so the electric juicer is for sale- works like new and wasn’t used much. If you have a great suggestion related to meeting single people during the pandemic, you’ll get 10 percent off on the juicer. I’m tall, have blue eyes, and am a compassionate person. Don’t delay. Request this juicer today. Only 20 dollars”

I had a good chuckle reading his ad. He has a sense of humor. Every time I read the ad I emphasize the word fantastic. Being able to make your significant other laugh is very important in life. It’s really at the top of the list when it comes to finding a mate. Looks can fade. Money can run dry. But if you have a sense of humor . . . I know Renaissance Man has made me laugh many times when I have been angry or sad.

He’s health oriented. My single girlfriend showed me a photo on her phone of a man with whom her friend tried to hook her up. She zoomed on his teeth. She was so disgusted and had no interest in the man. Clean teeth are important and save on dental bills in the long run.

He lives in Carlsbad. Who doesn’t love San Diego and the beaches? He’s probably not poor living in a pristine beach town.

And he’s not cheap. He’s selling a Champion juicer for $20! They sell for over $300. And Champion is American made. They would be the only truly American made juicer.

He has a doctorate. He’s intelligent. I found punctuation issues in his ad, but that happens. He’s obviously very hurt by the loss of companionship.

How does he find a girlfriend in the pandemic? I know people have been seeing each other on rooftops. Well, he’s in Carlsbad. It’s not a big city. And quite frankly, Carlsbad isn’t the friendliest place. You would think he could meet women at the beach. No. Sorry. Trust me. Only creepy, old men approach women on the beach.

But then you have to ask yourself why did his girlfriend leave him? My voice teacher, who lives in the area, has a doctorate from USC. Actually, I think she’s single again, but she’s older. Anyway, when she was dating she was really frustrated with the men in San Diego. She said they weren’t sophisticated. I noticed, men in San Diego don’t want to grow up. They don’t want to work. They want to surf all day. For example, we used to go to a church where the pastor would literally write his sermon on Saturday. He said he wrote his sermons the day before church and we saw him surfing every morning. He would even recycle his sermons. I digress.

I don’t think he’s being conceited by saying he makes a fantastic smoothie. The one issue I detect is he might be needy. In a perfect world, a couple should both adore each other, but are independent of each other too. It’s good to have your time apart.

And he did forget to take a photo of the juicer. Does he even have a juicer? I wonder if he’s lying. Or he’s not thinking straight because he’s lonely? I want to know. Somebody (a single lady) contact tall, blue-eyed guy and let me know.

Oh yeah, how do you meet single people during a pandemic? A lot of online classes have popped up and they’re not just worldwide. Libraries are hosting online book clubs and writing classes via Zoom for their particular town.

I’m really liking the idea of “facetime” dating. It forces men to be creative and drop off food at the door. It also takes off the pressure of being physical, which could actually create sexual tension. Couples are forced to get to know each other since all they can really do is talk.

My suggestion is try some Stay-In-Place Reading, Writing, or Dating. Or you could have a romance author write about you. We love a great hook and hook up. Oh and we love a HEA-Happily Ever After.

Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon

Ennara and the Book of Shadows

Ennara Book 2

Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron is book two from the Ennara Series. You may recall I reviewed book one Ennara and the Fallen Druid. Ennara goes on another adventure with her friends Kithe and Gevin. They must find artifacts then destroy the Book of Shadows that has cast a spell and spread beyond their school.

There is a budding romance. This time around, Ennara sees Gevin in a different light. Like the previous book, Ennara’s feelings are shown. For a middle-grade book, the romance is just glances or the touch of a hand or blushing. Ennara has to save everyone’s life in the end, which brings the group closer. It makes sense that there are bubbling feelings. Then there’s the new girl Cinne, who Kithe begins to like. Cinne has an earthy power that allows her to touch the ground and start an earthquake or sandstorm. Together Cinne and Ennara are dangerous with their magical gifts, which is creative and unexpected.

The politics are well thought out and could describe today’s chaotic, corrupt government. As the reader spends time at the Druidic Academy with the nerdy and odd professors it seems the Druidic Council tries to control beyond their reach. The Fallen Druid Ardewynn returns, who tests Ennara, but I don’t want to give away the ending. There is definitely room for Ardewynn to return in book three. Other characters like a robot, moving statues, pegasi, griffins, and dragons add a layer to the story.

Ennara’s complex world can keep the Ennara Series going for a long time. I can’t wait to read more of Ennara’s developing powers in book three Ennara and the Silver Throne.

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Copyright 2018 Melissa Crismon