And then, as if someone had given a signal that I clearly didn’t catch, my friends started getting married.

It will probably take you days, if not weeks, to admit to your friends that it happened, but it’s a fact: you will be stood up.

In most cases it will be because the person you’re supposed to meet was pushed into the date in the first place.

Even if you’re one of those people who is adamantly against it, you’ll try the online dating scene at least once. Same is true of finding a mate — especially in a huge city like NYC. New York is a city of 8 million people, so it’s hard not to assume that there might be someone better out there for you. Curiosity may kill cats, kittens and other felines, but it’s also very human.

If you’re part of the Sex and the City generation like me, you will never be free of relating your dating woes to those of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Even in your most smitten of states, you’ll wonder, “Can there be more than this?

So while some started sporting rings, my still-single friends and I doubled down on dating.

And although I had never in my life imagined a wedding dress, and still didn’t really get the point of an engagement ring, I found myself in a wedding wind tunnel; everyone around me either getting married or trying to.

Try to keep the throwing of wine glasses to a minimum; it can get pretty pricey after three or four. ” is not code for something else, nor is “I had a good time last night.” And, before you drive yourself mad, “good” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Granted, “great” would both look and sound better, but remember that not everyone has the vast vocabulary that you do. But think of it this way — you'll probably find your next job through some sort of professional or social contact or referral, but you might as well apply for jobs online too, right? Yes, you will meet a douchebag, get screwed over by him, and then go back for more. You’ll also have him on speed dial for drunken booty calls, although you won’t tell a soul this — not even your therapist to whom you pay 0 a session after insurance.

” If you've dated within your professional and personal circles, which you obviously have, it is more than likely you’ll find yourself on a date with someone else’s ex, either knowingly or unknowingly.