In January 2010, I was living and working in Paris, and my friend, Julie, issued a challenge for me to venture into online dating. I registered on a website called “adopteunmec” where the women are the shoppers and where the men are simply merchandise. It is truly the ultimate online man-shopping experience.
I realized then that this was an excellent opportunity to insert myself into a cockamamie social experiment — one that will, at best, shed some light on the dating scene in Paris and, at worst, make me hate everything.
And with my penchant for mayhem, of course hilarity and awkwardness has since ensued.
Thus this blog began as an endeavor to document this social experiment and to share my experiences with all you anglophone ladies who are as baffled as I am by the parisian dating scene.
Since then, I have relocated to D.C. after five years as an expatriate, and I have managed to pack in many life experiences–the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly. I think I have changed a bit. Maybe even evolved. And despite meeting and marrying the love of my life, I am now unfortunately in a position where I am re-entering the world of man-shopping again. But this time, as a widow. And with some years… and some tears… on her.
Regardless of how you ended up on my blog, if you must take one thing away from my little writing project, remember this:
Nothing is sacred. And absolutely nothing is taken seriously here.
I really just want to have a laugh with you all. I’ll probably make irreverent cultural generalizations, vent a bit, indulge in some self-deprecation, and, of course, say inappropriate things because nobody actually enjoys polite company all that much.
I’ve missed you, internet. This is going to be SO much cheaper than therapy.
I’d like to thank Julie, the Irish Parisienne. If it weren’t for her, I’d be sitting on a considerably fatter ass and eating Nutella out of the jar with a spoon.
Big shout-out to my sister for her technical expertise, expert advice and mad photoshopping skills.
Also, thank you, Bradley, for cluing me in about how to sign up for a blog in the first place.