If you think E-Harmony ads are bad…

A few weeks ago I was looking to see if there were any people satirizing those cheesy E-Harmony ads on YouTube and there weren’t any really wonderful ones. Well, today in my recommendations, they recommended all these TV ads for a dating service called Together Dating. The ads here are all from the ’80s. So, the ads are bad and I guess they’re professional matchmakers? They say they are professionals at “introductions.” Still, it’s an interesting history of dating services. Here are their ads.

The first one is really creepy. So, are those kids getting married by age 16? They look about 10ish? Hmm….

The mustache guy is creepy and check out everyone’s hair…you can tell how dated this is!

Look how sad all these people are. Boo hoo!

This one isn’t too special:

I love how they both wear yellow shirts in this one:

Check out the car phone!


Maybe, Maybe Not

I was pointed to this funny article in The Onion…this sounds like people I’ve known too.

Woman Always Really Excited To Be In Whatever Relationship Status She’s Currently In

KINGSPORT, TN—Just six months after claiming she was ecstatic about moving in with her boyfriend, and a mere eight weeks after announcing that she “couldn’t be happier” with their decision to take a brief time apart, administrative assistant Ann Castlen, 26, told friends Monday that she was absolutely thrilled to be single.

“Free at last!” Castlen said, nearly a year to the day after she informed several coworkers that she was emotionally ready to settle down and have children. “It’s like this giant weight has been lifted off me and I can finally breathe. I’m just going to enjoy this time alone and do all those things I was dying to do when I was bogged down with [ex-boyfriend] Brandon [Weiter].”

According to friends, Castlen has expressed nearly identical feelings of elation upon returning to the dating scene, entering the initial phase of monogamous courtship, getting back together with an ex-boyfriend, developing a crush on a coworker, going on a series of blind dates, trying an open relationship, trying a long- distance relationship, and meeting a guy in a bar and having a passionate fling that she doesn’t expect to go anywhere.

“When Ann was dating Brandon, she would never stop gushing about how sweet he is, and how he ‘might be the one,'” said Castlen’s friend and former college roommate Bridget Mauresco. “I thought she’d be crushed when they broke up. But the next day, she’s going on and on about how ‘amazing’ it is to be able to stay out late without having to call somebody to check in.”

“I haven’t seen Ann this happy since she and Brandon promised to give their relationship one more shot two weeks ago,” Mauresco added.

The newly single Castlen said she is delighted to finally have the chance to achieve several personal goals that she had no time to concentrate on while in a relationship, such as painting her apartment, catching up on the past three seasons of Project Runway, and training to run a marathon. According to Castlen, she plans to embrace the “me time” offered by singledom until she is ready to date again, at which point she will become overjoyed by the exhilarating feeling of a blossoming romance and repeatedly claim that she “deserves to be spoiled” by a nice guy for a while.

“I’m so happy right now!” said Castlen, who uttered these same exact words after Weiter first said ‘I love you’ to her, during the period in which she and Weiter underwent a brief split and were seeing other people, and when she had to choose between two boys who had crushes on her at sixth-grade summer camp.

Despite reporting no significant changes in living situation, availability of free time, job security, financial independence, or self-confidence since last Wednesday—when she told friends she was relieved to have finally escaped the bar scene—Castlen said she is now at the “best point in [her] life” to be single, and has already called her friend Mara Delung to arrange a night out to meet available men at Snooker’s Pub.

“Last time I talked to Ann, she tried to set me up with one of her boyfriend’s friends so I could ‘have some stability in my life,'” Delung said. “Then she calls me yesterday and asks if speed dating is still a thing. Apparently, she’s always wanted to try it but just couldn’t when she was stuck with Brandon.”

Added Delung, “Weren’t they buying a house together?”

Having such an optimistic outlook on her love life is not uncommon for Castlen, who since reaching dating age has undergone more than 23 changes in relationship status, ranging from long-term abstinence to a brief but intense affair with a married man. The 26-year-old has also celebrated three serious relationships that lasted the perfect length of time, five just-what-she-needed dumpings, two hookups with ex-boyfriends that “gave her closure,” and an abruptly canceled engagement that Castlen said she couldn’t have planned better herself.

“I’m glad Ann’s finally doing what makes her happy,” ex-boyfriend Sam Lorz said. “She’s a great girl, and she deserves to be single, or dating, or taking time off from dating, or getting married—if that’s what she wants.”

Lorz went on to say that, in the coming months, he may try to once again begin a relationship with Castlen, as their on-again, off-again casual flings “always seem to cheer her up.”

I will leave with the opening theme of the Mary Tyler Moore Show:

Alternative to the fairy tale endings

While poking around online today, I came upon a children’s book that sounds absolutely fabulous and would be a great gift for little girls (and even grown ups). Disney movies and so many children’s books still drill in the notion that women’s lives aren’t complete until they get married or have a big fairy tale wedding, basically the whole “damsel in distress” thing.

Along comes Princess Bubble by Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb. The premise of the story:

A contemporary fairy tale for all ages, Princess Bubble was written to reduce the overwhelming sense of failure, self-doubt, and despair that some single women face. Knowing how low self-esteem and depression plague many single females, we wanted to spread the message that happily ever after can occur even before Prince Charming arrives. . . or even if he never does, said Webb. We re definitely not anti-Prince, said Johnston (whose college nickname was Bubbles ). We re not anti-family or anti-marriage, if anything we re anti- Damsel in Distress. Our message the single life can also be a fairy tale. The End! Princess Bubble stars a princess who is confused by the traditional fairy tale messages that say she must find her prince before she can live happily ever after. Princess Bubble dons her thinking crown to research traditional fairy tales, interviews married girlfriends, and even takes counsel from her mother, who advises her to sign up at FindYourPrince.com. With a little help from her fairy godmother (this is still a fairy tale after all), Ms. Bubble discovers that living happily ever after is not about finding a prince. True happiness, the book reveals, is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with who you are already! We ve had countless women all over the nation tell us they wish there had been a book like this when they were young, said Johnston. This is a story women can truly believe in and feel comfortable sharing with their children.

and in a review from Everything Alabama, the initial inspiration for the book came to

[Susan Johnston], who has been in 17 weddings, said she got the idea for the book when one of her friends’ young daughters told her that Barbie absolutely had to find a prince and couldn’t live happily ever after without one.

“I told her, `Well no, look, I have a good life and I haven’t found a prince,’ she said. The girl told Johnston, “Well, that’s just not possible,” and Johnston knew then she had to write a book.

I will be taking this out from the library, but in the meantime, I will leave with the story of Atalanta, from Marlo Thomas’s Free to Be, You and Me, which kinda went along this premise too.

Seeking Happily Ever After

I came across an interesting sounding documentary while looking at the Feministing blog today. I think I stumbled upon it somewhere else a few weeks ago, but I took some time to peruse the website today. Being an almost 30 single woman myself, it especially piqued my interest. From the Seeking Happily Ever After website’s summary:

There are more single women in their 30s today (by choice) than at any other time in history, according to a recent US Census. Why now? Are women redefining happily ever after? Filmmakers Kerry David and Michelle Cove decided to find out. They went underneath the bubbly surface of Sex and the City to talk to hundreds of single women and find out what’s really going on.

The documentary has interviews with single women over 30, discussing both their happiness and even their struggles with their position. No longer is the Cinderella story considered what every little girl wants.

They have a nice little preview video on YouTube: