Transcript from a conversation this afternoon between myself (Me)
Random Strange *G*uy on the Internet from *O*ut *O*f *N*owhere (GOON):
Me: Do I know you?
GOON: nope my name is john i just saw you where online
Me: Where did you find me?
GOON: yahoo members
Me: What did you go looking for?
GOON: nothing realy i just looking to chat
Me: I mean, what was your criteria? You had to have done some sort of keyword search that led you to me.
GOON: it was female in mn, then i hit the box that said onlin
Me: Okay. Why were you looking in MN? Your profile says you live in WI?
GOON: sorry for bugging you. i live in western wi close to stillwater mn
Me: Okay. I used to hang out in Stillwater from time to time when I lived in Cottage Grove. Don't get over that way much these days, though.
GOON: cool. sorry to hear that
Me: Do you do a lot of random chatting with strangers?
GOON: sometime depending on how much time i have
Me: How does that usually work out for you?
GOON: No. Some time i meet real nice people.
Me: Do you mind if I give you a couple helpful tips?
Me: Imagine that you're sitting at home, and the doorbell or the phone rings. You answer it, and a woman you don't know says,
Me: You blink and stare blankly for a minute, and then ask,
“Can I help you?” and she says,
“I just thought I'd check to see if you were home... want to talk?”
Now, wouldn't your first thought be,
“Um, who the hell are you?”
GOON: sorry about that
Me: Okay, so, now imagine the same scenario, except, you're sitting at home alone, and, the phone or doorbell rings, and a woman you don't know says,
“Hi, my name is Jenny. You don't know me, but, I found out about you through " (fill in the blank) ", and I thought we might enjoy talking because we have " (fill in the blank) " in common.”
Now, would you react to that better?
Me: Well, that might be a better approach for you from now on, then.
Me: You’d need to customize it to your specifics, of course... something like,
“Hi, my name is Mike, you don't know me, but, I did a search for women online in MN, because I live close to the border, and have a lot of time to kill on the road, and thought maybe I'd strike up a conversation with new folks I might have the potential to grab a coffee with someday when I'm bored on a trucking layover.
Would you care to chat?”
I’m surmising a lot of that, of course, based on the “bigrig” in your handle, since your profile is virtually blank and tells me nothing else about you other than you're married and into Nascar, but I’m sure you know what the correct details are, and could make appropriate adjustments as necessary. What do you think of that?
I do find it fairly unfortunate that he didn't take the opportunity to learn from this experience, maybe even train a few friends, so that maybe I wouldn't have to put up with this on an almost daily basis... and here I thought I was being patient and polite, and even teaching a man to fish instead of giving him one... oh, well... guess he only wanted canned tuna.
Really, though, why DO men (or any folks, for that matter) think it's okay to do things on the internet they wouldn't dream of trying to get away with in person? I suppose that's just the unfortunate effect anonymity has had on social graces... if your mama's not there to smack you, well...
...some people's kids, I swear. What IS our culture coming to?