Mercury Retrograde + Match.com = Oops


Thursday, 10 September 2009 at 9:19 am Pacific USA Time.

I wake up this morning, and decide to ask out a guy I was matched with on Match.com. I start writing him an email like hey, you're looking for this, I'm this, I think we'll hit it off. Let's do lunch, my treat, because hey, then the worst that can happen is you get a free lunch with someone you don't want to see again… but the best that can happen is we hit it off and become friends.

My best pal Caroline calls, and asks what I'm up to. I'm writing an email to that guy on Match.com. "Oh!' she says. I said let me tell you about it. She tells me I'm writing too much, and that whatever I want to say about what we have in common can be something we talk about at lunch. Well, I wanted to be clear that I'm aiming for friendship first, and so on. She also thinks that offering to buy him lunch is way too aggressive. I said that I didn't want him to think I was some sort of broke or dependent chick who expects a guy to pay for everything.

So I start editing the email down to something much simpler. I'm finally happy with this tiny email, and I hit send. Nothing happens. I notice Match.com has something in the Draft folder. I go to that, see it's an email from me to him, and hit send.

And then I notice it's some earlier, incomplete version of the longer email. Oh jeez. I hit delete, but I have no idea if that deletes it for him. Dear Match.com, if I hit delete on an email I sent, it should delete it for the other person. Dear Match.com, send the email I meant to send, and if you're keeping drafts, try keeping current versions of what I'm writing. :(

I create a new email, write what I meant to say (the much shorter email), and apologise that he may have received two emails from me.

I really thought I was going to make it through Mercury Retrograde without major incident or embarrassment, but I do feel pretty dumb. OK, so maybe this guy gets a weird, incomplete email with me telling him we have things in common. Not the worst thing I've done all year. :) But I still feel totally dorky. I wanted to send the "right" email. I guess both emails are right. Hey, I think we'll hit it off, and hey, it's just lunch.

Mercury Retrograde… everything that can go wrong will go wrong. I usually do OK through it, but ugh, I feel like a total dork. Well, I'm not alone. A friend just told me he accidentally pasted something into an email to someone on a dating site, and before he knew it, the email sent itself. Guess it happens to the best of us. :)


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