Love is a many splendid things. It makes people giddy and happy and silly and intoxicated (even without alcohol!), and even sometimes angry and sad. It can either be drama-filled or smooth-sailing. Or at least this is what I’ve read in those paperback romance novels while standing in line at the grocery store check-out. I just do not get the appeal of all those rippling muscles.
But before one can experience all that is love, one must land their love. And sometimes locking down that maker of your dreams and schemes can be found in a missed connection. Yes! That sad, yet sometimes poetic and darling section of Craigslist can actually do you some good if you read them obsessively and just know for a fact that you were the brunette in the jeans and black sweater on the F train during rush hour this morning. Who else could this dude possibly have been talking about in his “Missed Connections” ad?
Dorothy Gambrell of Psychology Today, put together a map of where singles seem to be eye-spying their
future dream mates based on Craiglist’s “Missed Connections.” Not surprisingly New Yorkers usually spot theirs on the subway, while A LOT of the rest of the country, and forgive my upcoming New York-centric mentality, seem to be finding it at Walmart. What the fucking fuck?
In fifteen states, Walmart placed number one for a missed connection. This leads this Yankee to wonder: are the South and Midwest that into Walmart as the stereotype has implied? Are there really no other places in which to stumble head over heals for someone you may never see again? What exactly can you find in aisle 10 at Walmart? And most importantly, should I be hanging out at a Walmart? If so, someone find me the closest one.
Other interesting places where people seem to be having missed connection experiences are at McDonald’s (Kansas), in their car (Georgia), and “at home” (Indiana.) Note to Indiana: People you see on your TV do NOT count as a missed connection. Writing an ad to the cute blonde on Parks and Recreation will get you nowhere. Jeez.
So, check out the map, head to the most popular place for seeing your next great love, pull up Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” on your phone and stand there all while refreshing the page over and over again until you see an ad acknowledging that you’ve been spotted. Whoever said finding true love is difficult was a fool; a damn fool!