That Awkward Moment When…

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Even though it’s 2014, there are still a lot of people who are wary of the online dating thing. Some think photos and self-summaries are too revealing to strangers. Others think using an online dating service may seem too desperate. For me, I am afraid of cyber bumping into someone I know. And of course as life would have it, that’s just exactly what happened.

Like most mornings, I woke up, made myself a cup of coffee, sat down at my laptop, and checked my emails. I was using eHarmony, so each morning it felt a little bit like waking up on Christmas. I would get that giddy feeling as I eagerly anticipate who my new matches are. Could today be the day I meet the guy who’ll make me laugh, challenge me to be a better person, and love me in all the right ways?! 

Much like Tim Tebow’s football career, my excitement and optimism were quickly changed to disappointment and embarrassment. At that awkward moment, I realized I was matched with my platonic friend/ex co-worker.


I was actually seeing someone when we first started working together, so the thought of dating each other never even crossed my mind. Well, besides the fact that I was 100% not attracted to him. To give you a visual, he would be considered a “bear” if he were gay. I’m just not into big, burly men with high pitch voices. I don’t know what bothered me more: the fact that he was always on some diet, or the fact that his voice was abnormally high for a man of his stature. Whatever the case, I wasn’t interested. Gay bear

After I left the said workplace, we remained friends and hung out once in a while. By then, I was single, so he would kinda sorta flirt, but I never reciprocated, so there would have been no confusion there. Everything was fine-ish until goddamn eHarmony. I chose to ignore its proclaimed accurate match-making algorithm and pretended I never even received the darn email… until he messaged me.

Ah, my good ol’ friend suggested that since eHarmony thought it was a good idea we date, then maybe we should try it out. My stomach violently churned as I composed an email that I hoped to be a gentle rejection. I jokingly said,”There was obviously a mistake because as if we would make a good match!” Ha-ha? Maybe it wasn’t gentle enough because we never hung out again, although we’re still Facebook friends; so maybe it wasn’t that harsh?

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