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"I'm sensing that you want me to be there," he wrote. "I sat on it for three hours but I was secretly smiling. PCH and 7th in Long Beach, at 8 pm," I finally replied. A Gen-X, computer-whiz engineer working ridiculously long hours in the aerospace industry.

I played very hard to get (because I am), but he ignored it. " I thought to myself, "That will surely get rid of him." But Sunday afternoon arrived, and lo and behold, a text popped up: "Where do you want to meet? Affairs columns, and submission guidelines"Meet me at Sapporo Sushi. So, what Cracker Jack prize did I get, you might wonder?

I'd been through the wringer these past six years, first with an on-again, off-again long-distance relationship with an old flame I'd reconnected with through Facebook.

After that, there were others I'd met in real life — a widower, a couple of recently divorced men.

In an August 2012 interview, Markus Frind stated that based on the millions of relationships and marriages Plenty Of Fish has created over the past several years, it is estimated that over one million babies have been born as a result of the website.

On May 20, 2013, Frind implemented several changes to the website with the stated goal of focusing on "meaningful relationships." Among these changes were the removal of the "intimate encounters" option.

Just because I'm on the slippery side of 45 doesn't mean it's all over for me. I have two other women I'm writing to right now and I'm not sure I can handle a third? There are no dirty socks to pick up after, but there is a downside.