Thursday, March 27, 2008

Crazy Blind Date Website - "Crazy" Being The Operative Word

The basic idea is that you agree to meet a total stranger, without knowing anything about them, in a bar or other public locale within your city. And obviously, you don't get to see a picture of the person before you meet them.

The main problem is, the service is open to anyone with an internet connection.

This site could be a nice, fun idea - or a terrible, disastrous, frightful, potentially murderous idea.

At best, it's a service by which friendly people - who are bored and a little lonely - get to meet new friends and playmates in their home city.

At worst, it's a nightmare waiting to happen for thousands of innocent, lonely, friendly people - as they're taken advantage of by the predators and madmen/women whom we know are trolling the internet on a daily basis for just this type of opportunity.

That being said, if you already have one of these dates planned, or are hoping to use the service in the near future, I'm sure you'll be fine. Probably. At least a 50% chance of being fine. Or thereabouts.

Anyway, all I can do is offer some advice to help keep my fellow internet surfers safe.

If you go on one of these Crazy Blind Dates, bring a taser just in case. And make sure the date takes place in a well-lit area within 100 meters of a hospital, police station, and taser store (in case your current taser runs out of batteries).

To be honest, the most likely outcome is that the date will be perfectly safe, but he/she won't look nearly as good as you had hoped.

If that's the case, no need to taser your date. Just politely extricate yourself from the situation by claiming you have to go home and clean your hairdryer, or you forgot to leave the oven on, or you need to watch the "Mama's Family" marathon on TBS. Those are all great excuses.

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