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Have you ever read those online personal ads and wonder what kind of person uses those services? Do you wonder if real people with real lives actually hooked up on the internet? Or do you just assume that everyone who’d use an online ad to find a date has got to be one pathetic loser?

Lorina in 1999

Lorina in 1999

Well, I’m the kind of person who used online services! I’m Lorina, an average, ordinary, run-of-the-mill gal who wasn’t meeting the right kind of guys through more traditional dating methods, way back before Catfish, when the internet was still wearing training pants.

The year was 1999. The year of Livin’ La Vida Loca and Jar Jar Binks, of the Blair Witch and paranoia that the world would end on New Years Eve, and I was fresh out of a long term relationship.

I ran a series of personal ads, which attracted the likes of which I never expected! Married men looking for flings, the grammatically challenged, freaky sick perverts, men who don’t even speak the same language I do (how do you expect to have a relationship when we can’t communicate without a babblefish?), men who do speak the same language, but you’d never know by the way they massacred it… I’d forward the really strange e-mails to my friends and we’d make silly comments on them, and those emails became this site.

Lorina in 2013

Lorina in 2013

Now, before you start thinking that I was a just a cynical bitch, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The ads I placed were real, I really did want to meet someone, I did hear from normal, interesting people, and dated a few. I also met my husband online; he answered my personal ad in 1999, we met, fell in love, and married two years later, and just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. Internet meetings can and do work, but not if you make the same mistakes some of these guys did!

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