(Doug looks around, hmmm, still here) So it's clear that the end of the year push for a marriage tax write-off didn't pan out.
Revising the plan...
In my network there have been a rash of exclusive relationships and in many cases, marriages. Being somewhat investigative I decided to do some informal research, the question being, "What do those guys have that I don't have?" The answer? Two words -- Facial Hair. Yes, 2013 will be know as the year of women being enamored with men having facial hair. While any style seems to have the affect, the most popular appears to be the goatee, or the look traditionally reserved for the evil antagonist character in media. The full beard is also surprisingly popular, but with a still recovering economy and the perceived risk of dropping into the zombie apocalypse it's clear that a significant amount of sustenance can be stored in such a beard.
It's not that I can't grow a beard and in fact have had a positive response to the 1-3 day 'shadow'. But I'm a bit concerned that the goatee would move me toward the psycho-look and the full beard would just make me look homeless. Not to say there isn't a market for either look, I've just got kids that would roll their eyes, again.
Had a conversation with a friend the other day, do people really want to get to know us? The us that we know, that our friends know, that our bishop knows. That's not to say that you'll be walking down the aisle with the next person that comes along, just that they might take the time to look past the surface or the history and give us a second look. Indeed, I'd like to know that I'm not seen for my stunning good looks or mad bread making skills, but truly, the list just starts there.
Next up - do we write profiles listing what we are or what we are looking for?