ACs online dating
Being the socially awkward / shy person that I am, I never found it easy to find dates.
I had friends who could go on a night out and guarantee to pull. One of them wasn't even particularly handsome in the conventional sense, but he managed to get into conversations (usually outside smoking I might add...) and could talk his way into anything.
I'd tried the 'big name' sites such as okcupid and match, but to no avail. It does seem like sites like these are made up of 70-80% guys trying to chase the same small group of ladies.
Had more success on a local classified site (which no longer has a dating section).
Some you would email for a while, then never hear from again. Others had the courtesy to reply that they aren't a match. Some wouldn't reply after seeing your photo.
Got a few dates off it.
Usually met at a coffee shop, time for conversation, no chance of getting drunk.
Some were nice, got a couple of weeks of dates, but it would go nowhere.
Others were a bit of a mistake. One asked me to agree to just be friends, then phoned me up the next day to go somewhere when I was already on a roadtrip, then texted me angrily that I didn't say no to just being friends. Another set up a date at a dodgy local football social club. The type of place that has a buzzer on the door to get in, no windows, sticky tables but cheap pints. After hearing some frankly scary views on community integration, I ended it the next day. Feared for my car for a while after, as daftly I had let on where I worked.
Did meet my current other half online, and we have been going strong for a few years.
However, when anyone asks where we met, we give a false story that we met in a bar over a spilled drink incident.