My love for Missed Connections is long-term, but sporadic. It's a mood thing -- like reality TV. Or Chevy's. Or Phil Collins. You know it's stupid and kinda wrong, but sometimes you just need a little. There is something inherently voyeuristic about it, but the peaks we get via Missed Connections, into so many hopes, dreams, delusions, complexes and, occasionally, anger management issues, make it frequently compulsive reading. Not to mention a little creepy at times.
I have a friend who met a long-term boyfriend via the Missed Connections page on Craigslist.
Let that sink in for a second.
I would now like to emphasize that I am not making this up. I met him. Many times. And he wasn't a freak. Neither is my friend, in case you were wondering ... and she's the one who put the post online in the first place.
Do you know what this means?
This means that -- at least occasionally -- Missed Connections actually does what it's supposed to! How bat-poop crazy is that?
"The eye contact we made as we were both trapped waiting on the corner of Post and Powell waiting for the police to unleash the barricade to let us cross the street. The Chinese New Year parade brought us together. For a moment, it could've been serendipitous, but I looked on your hand and saw a ring on your left ring finger. My heart sank, so I had to let you go to dinner with "that guy". I should've asked you, "How long have you been waiting here?" or made some witty comment about how I hope they don't let us go through, so I can be with you here longer. I can tell you wanted to talk to me. Once I arrived, you started a conversation with everyone around us except me!! Ahhh!! Maybe I had an unapproachable look or face. I just had a long day at work and I had to take a leak and...I had to walk all the way home."
"Hot Redhead At Crunch: I was on the elliptical, you were working out and with a guy today around 5pm. Your boyfriend? Maybe I'm lucky and he's just a friend. Either way, you are very attractive. What's your name?"
Sometimes -- and this is one of the most intriguing elements of Missed Connections -- people aren't posting to meet someone. They're posting because they're having a crisis of some sort. On Saturday night, there was a post that read: ""What is it you want? .. My embarrassment? My job? My life? ... What?" And that was nothing compared to the bitter, angry, outbursty guy who put up: "Re: Dreamland. Ahhh don't flatter yourself you old bag of bones. If you weren't such a trippy bitch we would still be together." What the hell is that about? We'll never know because we didn't see the original Dreamland post and we simply don't care enough to look it up. But intrigued and entertained we most certainly are.