Wednesday, January 31, 2007

4, 3, 2, 1... ElimiDATE.*

Earlier today, Liz left a comment on my blog seemingly implying that I was holding out on her--being stingy with the details about my adventures with meMarmony Search 2.0. The truth is, sadly, that I've had no particularly interesting details thus far. Wait a minute. I take that back. The fact that a friend and I recently discovered we were both in "Open Communication" with the same guy was pretty interesting... as was the profile I received for a man listing his occupation as Superhero.** Aside from those little tidbits, however, nothing too interesting to note. I haven't even met a single one of these men yet. This seems a little strange to me... maybe I'm remembering things through the same rose-colored glasses that made me re-join meMarmony in the first place, but I swear the invites came earlier and the activity was more regular the last time I played this little game.

Perhaps there's simply a three-week incubation period on dates this time around, however, because in the past few days, I have had two invitations for the standard introductory coffee-date and one suggestion that I let a guy buy me "a coffee, a Greenie, or a gyro at Holy Land." Add in the upcoming dinner with Index Card Guy, and suddenly it seems entirely feasible that I may have four dates with four different men in the same one-week span. (Again, in case it isn't clear, no, I'm not a whore. But thanks for asking.)

This is all very unique and potentially interesting, but mainly I just keep wondering how on earth I'm going to squeeze all these dates into my schedule and still have time for important things like finally replying to long-neglected e-mails and watching the many fine television programs to which I'm addicted. I need my requisite amount of sitting-around time, after all. Dating has this annoying way of cutting into that at times.

I was pondering this in a message to GG and Darren earlier today... I was telling them that four men want to meet me all at once, and suddenly it dawned on me that perhaps I really should meet them all at once. It would be like my own personal episode of ElimiDATE, and it could be an entirely amusing (and ego-boosting) experiment. (It would also save me a whole lot of time.) Of course, with my luck, the four eligible bachelors would not be clamoring for my attention and performing bizarre feats of strength to impress me in absurd ways... instead, two of them would bond over some shared appreciation for the Vikings or Nintendo Wii or the latest developments on 24 and would thereafter ignore me the rest of the night, and another one would find himself rightfully above the foolish game of competitive dating, leaving me with only the most fawning and desperate of the bunch. There was a reason I never applied to be a participant on ElimiDATE, after all, and it didn't entirely have to do with not wanting to be filmed in a bikini entering a hot tub on national TV. Still, it's an amusing idea nonetheless...



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* Please tell me at least one of you got the reference in this subject line (and actually heard the guy's voice saying it in your head as you read it). I cannot be at peace thinking I am the only one who actually got sucked into the trainwreck that was ElimiDATE more than thrice.

** This is actually sort of a genius move, I think, if you're looking to give the ladies an easy lead-in to all sorts of borderline-suggestive questions... you know, like, "So what kind of outfit do you wear?" and "Do you look good in tights?" and, of course, "What sorts of special powers do you have?" Surely I wouldn't be the first woman to go down that route, however, so I wouldn't even gain any points for creativity with any of those.


14 comments:

Maliavale said...

I'm here to enable you, or at least make you feel better: I watched, and loved, Elimidate. Keep us posted on the real dates, though. ;-)

3carnations said...

I watched elimidate some while I was home on maternity leave. That show was awful! (yet I watched it...)

The idea that two of the guys would find each other more interesting is hilarious. There are FOUR guys...They might all pair up in two sets and leave. How awkward.

I'm rooting for Index Card guy. I don't know why...You've got to like a guy who carries around index cards when everyone else is using a cell phone or a blackberry. Plus, it sounds the most datelike - A meal rather than coffee and rather than "letting a guy buy you" something.

Good luck with all of them though! I'll watch for the dates on my local Fox station (that's the channel Elimidate was on, right?).

-R- said...

I have seen Elimidate, but I never really got into it. I preferred Change of Heart and Blind Date. Lots of opportunity to hang out in a hot tub on those shows as well.

MTV has some really, really, really bad dating shows these days. They are so bad that I cannot even watch them. I am old.

L Sass said...

Oh how I MISS Elimidate. When I was in college the WB channel would show 2-1/2 hours worth of Elimidate, Blind Date, Fifth Wheel and Change of Heart every single night. The sweet, sweet sounds of drunken, gimmicky dating shows lulled me to sleep every night.

Jamie said...

Stef, you probably won't believe this, but (sadly) I actually *have* seen Elimidate! I was pulled into watching it with a friend who was visiting from Europe. She was enthralled. ("Americans and their silly dates!") Her reaction was funnier than the show itself.

You hypothetical "4 all at once" situation reminds me more of "The Dating Game" actually. (It was re-run throughout the 80's, right before I stopped watching shows regularly, and was probably one of the contributing factors to my being so unenamored with the tube.) At least on The Dating Game, you wouldn't have to step down into a hot tub wearing a bikini. And you had the chance to meet someone who would become famous (John Ritter, Farrah Fawcett, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grouch Marx... seriously!) and you could write the questions ahead of time on index cards...

Speaking of index cards, I'm with 3carnations in rooting for Index Card Guy. Can't wait to see how this episode goes!

The Other Girl said...

I used to love Elimidate, especially when the contestants would call each other trashy. I wonder exactly how much spandex a person can wear before she officially loses the high ground.

lizgwiz said...

See, I knew there was SOMEthing interesting to report.

I'm digging the Superhero. Maybe. That's either really funny, or he's a totally delusional freak. Let us know!

I'm all for elimiDATE (which I loved, probably not as much as Blind Date or Love Connection, though much more than Next). Take a video camera along and then post it on YouTube for us all to see. Hee!

Anniina said...

Yeah, I'd say 'yes' on the superhero (!), 'no' on the Greenie guy (that's a dog breath freshener treat), and a 'sure, why not' on the other two. But I'd suggest not doing an ElimiDATE. (BTW, a good friend of mine was actually on once - he was the first to be elimidated, too). Have fun - just think, if nothing else, you'll be drinking a lot of yummy coffeee!!!

Jurgen Nation said...

A Greenie? Had someone said that to me I would have become absolutely furious. It would all be a great misunderstanding, of course, but when I think of Greenie, I don't think of that. I think of the chew-riffic Greenie dog chews. These Greenies. And that would just be awful. A misunderstanding, but just awful.

stefanie said...

Thank you all for assuring me that I am NOT the only one who got sucked into such a dreadful and degrading show. Whoo! Safety in numbers! We all need our guilty pleasures, do we not?

For those of you rooting for the Superhero, I am not actually in contact with him; his profile is just in the list is all.

And for those of you mortified by the Greenie, don't be. It's actually a tasty concoction that's the signature drink at a bar in Minneapolis. I assure you, it was not an inappropriate suggestion, and it is far more appealing than a dog treat. More appealing than the standard and generic coffee-date, too.

metalia said...

I most definitely got the reference; however, were there (gasp!) TWO versions of Elimidate? Because I remember the announcer dude saying "Elimidate...DELUXE."

I shudder to think...

stefanie said...

Elimidate DELUXE?? That is news to me. One version was not enough?? Wow.

Anniina said...

Wait, how can it get more Dee-LUXE than that :P Oh, heh, so the greenie is more like an apple martini, and not a doggy treat, huh? Heheh, I thought that was a weird thing to offer to a potential date, tee hee!

guinness girl said...

Dude, I really wish you had staged your own ElimiDate. Ha. Now that the whirlwind weekend o' dates has passed, I'm anxiously awaiting updates. :)