It looks like it’s time for another online dating break.
I started messaging with Michael the other night. He was friendly and a good conversationalist, but seemed familiar to me. I asked him “Have we messaged before?” He told me he didn’t think we’d messaged before but maybe he had a familiar face or something
We said we would talk another day as it was getting late. The next night I messaged him a hello and he mentioned he was on his way out the door to an emergency heating call.
I read the mention of his work in heating, and that’s when it came back to me. About a year-and-a-half ago, I was messaging with this same guy and at the end of a long day of chatting back and forth, I asked if he’d like to meet in person. His response was something like this;
“No way. I remember you from like, a year ago when you catfished* me. And I’m not falling for that again. While you’ve been pathetically trying to keep me in a conversation, I made plans with a real woman tonight!”
Um, what? I was very confused, but grateful to know he was a horrible person right then, rather than learn later. Same with this time. I was glad I remembered this jerk. And I told him I remembered him.
Catfishing – The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).