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You Had Me at Poutine - Meeting That Special Someone

Posted by Luc / February 11, 2011

20110211_mmpix_comiconcouple.jpg "I want to meet that special someone" is a really stupid thing to say. The concept of there being one person you are more compatible with than anyone else alive, from your mid 20s/30s all the way until your death (hopefully in your 80s), is absolutely ridiculous. It's just not logical. People change, and that's a statement that has never been more true than today, as people are increasingly changing careers/going back to school/divorcing.

Don't be sad you're alone. But don't go berserk when you meet someone you like. There is a large probability you two will break up. What I'm saying is, make the most of the moment you are in and just enjoy what you got in front of you. Like Bill Paxton was telling Helen Hunt in Twister.

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MEETING PEOPLE IN MONTREAL
People come into your life in every way possible. I met a girl in high school, one at university, one was my best friend's sister (yeah, I'm that guy), one I met via a bet on Facebook (shut up), and most recently I met her while working the worst job in the world as a Mobile Game Tester. I've met a girl on a Greyhound bus, at Oktoberfest, and at the Fringe Festival. Notice one thing all these situations have in common? NONE OF THEM WERE IN A BAR!

Ironically, the last place you should look to meet someone of substance is the one place everyone goes to meet people. Bars and clubs, especially the ones in Montreal along St. Laurent and Crescent, create expectation, judgement, and insecurity. A random public space might turn out to be the best place to meet someone. Such as:

Coffee shops
Montreal has an abundance of cute little cafés, and god forbid people are forced to put down their Nick Hornby novel for a few minutes to have a conversation with a stranger. The joints on St. Viateur and Bernard provide for a nice atmosphere and reasonably nice folks. Amie hangs out there a lot. Look for her!

The STM
This can come off as creepy, but you have to time it right. People are zombies in the morning rush, and are exhausted in the afternoon rush. But on weekends they are relaxed and in a good mood, likely heading to a cool event. See someone who looks interesting? Ask them a quirky question. Like "who made you those boots?"

St. Denis Street
The other streets suck. Yeah, I'm talking about you St Catherine, Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal, Rene-Lesveque. People are way too busy when they walk down you. Rachel...you're cool, you can come too.

Romados/any other greasy food place
Food is sexy. Ok maybe that's just me and my sandwich talking, but greasy food joints are a good spot to strike up a conversation, notably in Montreal since we are known for our wicked good food. "Hey do you come here often?" will provide for a way better answer at Schwartz's.

Montreal Events
If you're at Igloofest, it's because you're into that type of party and music. Guess what? So is every one else there. Get your ass out there and stop whining about the cold. Events really heat up in the Spring, which coincidentally follows break up season. Beware of the couples at these events who took my advice on Tuesday.

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DATING SITES

Good god. I could write a book about dating web sites, and I've only ever joined one of them (PlentyofFish. Username: KnivesVScops. Actually though). It was brief. Ok that's a lie. I also joined CougarLife, to no avail. Is he kidding folks? You'll just have to ask the wake of Milfs left in my path if I am or not.

I've heard some success from paid dating sites such as Match, Chemistry, eHarmony, and Lavalife. I haven't gotten any feedback from people who joined SeniorPeopleMeet or SingleParentMeet...but I do like the concept behind these sites. It seems rather than having people list their hobbies/social situations, micro-dating sites are emerging and rounding people up who already have stuff in common. Here are the best ones I found:

MetroDateMontreal
This doesn't look right. I've never heard of this site - it actually just came up when I googled "Montreal dating sites". The interface looks like an Ikea web site and the singles on the front page are uh...well maybe they belong two websites later in this list.

OutdoorDating
A great site for folks into the outdoors! This makes so much sense, since the date can just be some rock climbing or snowshoeing. No joke here - its a great idea!

TheUglyBugBall
A website where ugly people can hook up. The concept is great, and they actually had their first wedding in October. You could almost say it's a beautiful idea. Almost.

AshleyMadison
I used to watch Cheaters a lot because it's the best show ever created. Ironically, they ran ads for Ashley Madison, which is for people who are in a relationship but are looking for more. Note: The best episode of Cheaters is the one where the host gets stabbed on a boat.

MeetAnInmate
Straight from the promo: Would you like to communicate with female inmates? This site has lots of lonely ladies who are paying a price for their crimes and would like to communicate with people from the outside world. Browse the picture personals and pay $3 for each person you would like to write to. Unusual concept!

JDate + BlackSingles + ChristianMingle + InterracialSingles
+ MillionaireMate + EquestrianSingles + GreenSingles + WhiteWomenBlackMen
All of these are real, all of these do not apply to me. If you're a white, meat-loving, horse-hating, somewhat poor guy who doesn't associate to any religions, none of these sites are for you.

SeaCaptainDate
Obviously I saved the best for last. I don't know if this website is real or not, but I really don't care. It's fucking amazing. "Why settle for a boy with a car, when you can have a man with a boat."

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Well happy Friday and happy weekend everyone! Thanks for sticking with me all week. Monday we will feature some last minutes tips if you're that kind of person, as well as all the lovely content you all have submitted. Speaking of which, keep your best love stories/tips/questions coming! luc@midnightpoutine.ca

And follow me on Twitter! @lgdoucet

Header photo courtesy of Metro.co.uk

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BONUS VIDEO
Completely irrelevant, but this video is notable in any context. I dare you to make it through the whole thing. The pirate at the 2:20 mark takes the cake.

Discussion

5 Comments

Aidan / February 12, 2011 at 11:01 am
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Met my special lady on okcupid.com and we've been living together for a year and a half (including most of a year in a 2 1/2 in CDN) happily and without killing each other. Good site, and it's free.
Also, Dan Savage likes to say that all of your relationships fail until one doesn't. Reading/listening to Savage Love might be a good idea for people who have not had tons of relationship success.
Hugo / February 22, 2011 at 01:22 am
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I just moved here from Ireland, where all courting, dating and hooking up involves alcohol. It's great to be somewhere where maybe, just maybe, people can get together in a place that is not a pub or club. We'll see...
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