Dating FYI, Feature

The Third Date & What It Means…

Men are confusing, I’ll give you that. I shake my head all the time wondering wtf just happened.

But this is simple: the three-stage dating rule and the assumptions you can make based on behaviour.

Dating is a way for us to get to know someone and decide if we want to spend more time with this person. It’s like interviewing for the role of mate, whatever version of that rings true for you.

Date #1: This determines if the person is hygienic, a weird/psycho, properly socialized, polite, and generally tells us firsthand info about the person in front of us. If a man likes what he sees, he will ask for date #2 right out of the gate. But if he uses the word “should” as in “We should do this again” then, my friend, date #2 will likely not happen. That is passive language. Men go after what they want, though I am finding men today are rather beta and passive (across all ages), and want women to do much of the pursuing and legwork, which is causing a lot of crossed/mixed wires (at least for me!), and making books like The Rules even more inaccurate.

Date #2: If you actually get to date #2, bravo. It means the interview session went well and you both liked what you saw. So this date is to confirm what you thought on date #1 and to gather more information, because we all know guards come down incrementally and their “real” personality–not the one we put on with first encounters–will come through more.

Date #3: Way to go! A third date means you are both pleased with what you see and hear and are really interested. It usually means you’re on the way to exclusivity on some level and are properly dating now.

So if you get a third date, know it means something and is a very, very positive sign.


Casual Sex

I went on a coffee “date” recently with a guy who’s 45. I figured cool, someone not young and immature, and likely wants to to date and take time to get to know someone in a real way. Younger guys are without a doubt “in it to hit it.” And I’m not into that. So we had coffee for an hour at a local place and well, as he said, he took the oxygen out of the place because he talked the whole time. He asked one question about me, what I do, and the rest was about him.

I read somewhere, I think Psychology Today, that if a man spends more time talking about himself on a date then he does asking questions about you and letting you do most of the talking it means he isn’t all that into you.

That piece of info has stuck with me and I’m not certain it is overly accurate. Unless no guy I have ever been on a date with has ever been interested in me, because seriously they all talk about themselves pretty much exclusively and fail to ask about me.

My ex-husband did all the talking on our first date and we went the distance for a while, so this “he’s not into you” theory if he doesn’t ask about you is something I’m still exploring.

Okay back to my date. At the 55 minute mark he says, “Well, it was really nice meeting you, but I do have to go because I have some groceries in the car that I need to get home.”

Fuck. How lame is that? That’s when I knew I’d never hear from this guy again and he was making his polite exit. So I said sure, and we walked out. He says, “I’d walk you to your car, but I’m parked right here and yeah I gotta get going.”

Who says chivalry is dead? Sweet jesus.

So I wrote him off as I walked to my car feeling sad because it seems finding someone to connect with is going to take a lot of work and effort. Maybe I never will. This is the point in the chick lit/flick where our sweet heroine realizes she may be alone longer than she thought and decides it’s fine and who needs a man anyway. Bring out the Jameson and chips!

So I get home and check the site just to see if he did message and lo and behold he did. “It was great meeting you tonight. Thanks for coming out. How do you feel about casual sex?”

And there it was: I’m not good enough or interesting enough to maybe get to know as  a person, but would I mind if he borrowed my vagina every so often? Fucking hell. I just find this so insulting. I am more than a vessel for you to shove your dick in, asshole. Casual sex is basically saying exactly that: forget you as a person and just give me your holes for my pleasure. I’m insulted. I haven’t replied.

Casual sex is so easy and lame and impersonal. And cliche. But here’s the dilemma: I know that men look for sex and find love. I’ve seen it happen with other men who wanted to just fuck me, they said they weren’t looking for a relationship, I said no thanks, then months later they are in a relationship. WTF? Look for sex, find love.

As I said in my book, that leaves women with one option: lay the welcome mat out at our vaginas and hope that one of these flings turns into something more. When I realized this over a year ago now I decided it wasn’t for me and I wouldn’t play this stupid game. If a man can’t be cognizant enough to know what he wants and just falls into vaginas and then relationships, then he’s not for me.

Dating today is sad as are the men playing in this field. But women fuck easily so men know they can get laid fast, quick, and any time without having any strings, even the string of simply getting to know another human being on a real level.

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Book Release, Feature

Hmm…Online Dating Overall

Reviews of my book are coming in and one reader said it didn’t make her want to date and didn’t give a positive look at dating and online dating today. Not sure she’s my core audience, because if she was and in the dating scene she’d know that it is loaded with negativity and that it IS hard to find the positive in online dating. I didn’t create the situation, lady. I am only reporting back on what I personally saw and experienced after TWO YEARS of research. Do with that what you want.

I’m not here to sugarcoat what I experienced. I’m just sharing. This need to make everything feel good and positive is getting out of hand in society. Holy crap, let’s be serious–dating sucks and it’s hard and men are pigs and all they want is sex and no commitment, and women have made it so easy for men to just get sex and no commitment so wanting commitment from a man if you want it is almost near impossible to get, because WHY would he when he KNOWS there are tons of women out there who will fuck him and want nothing else from him. Thanks, fellow women, for completely obliterating the entire concept of monogamy and commitment.

So yeah, dating sucks. So sorry it wasn’t all sunshines and rainbows in the book for you. I wasn’t writing a fairy tale. I edit fairy tales.

Anyway, I’d give the ebook away for free if it helps women. So if you want a free copy because you’re about to start dating again and are scared and want to get ONE WOMAN’s perspective like having a gab session over coffee, comment here or contact me using the form and I’ll get you a copy somehow…which isn’t easy because Amazon doesn’t allow Canadians to gift copies.

But I’ll hook you up, because all I wanted to do was help women not make a gajillion dollars. I wished a book like this was available when I went back out there and it didn’t exist so I created one.

If you want lies and consistent feel-good passages to soothe you, don’t bother with my book. But if you want some funny truths, dive on in and it’ll at least get you started. It’s not the fucking gospel, but a damn good heads-up.

Peace, love, all that good feeling stuff.


First Dates Gone…Who the Fuck Knows!

First dates/meets can be awkward, especially if the person sitting in front of you is not what you expected. Online dating is basically blind dating because there is only so much you can tell from a picture and some text messages, and that random phone call if the guy you’ve matched with actually believes in using the phone.

I went on a date recently with a guy I’d been messaging with for a few weeks. It should never really go that long before the first meet, it’s like one of my first rules in online dating, but life being what it is sometimes meeting sooner is just not possible. I wasn’t 100% sure if this guy was someone I’d be attracted to, but he was intelligent and he knew how to make conversation and there were enough yes points to make me stay with it and see it through to the meet.

Well, it was one of those rare situations where I was delighted and he turned out to be better than I had anticipated. He was tall, good looking, had a great smile… the date lasted three hours and that was three hours of constant laughing and conversation. No breaks. That’s SUPPOSED to be a major check mark in favour of the situation on any first date. We parted ways after the date, no hug or kiss goodnight though. Hm. Not a good sign.

Then when I got home I broke one of the dating “rules” and texted him first. So many experts say not to text a guy first, let him approach you if he wants to message. If he doesn’t message within 48 hours then it’s a no go.

Screw it, I thought. I had a great time and really enjoyed his company and wanted to make sure he knew that. So I did. And the smile I’d been wearing all the way home quickly left my face with a “Well, fuck” when I received his response one minute later: “It was fun. Have a great trip out west.”

Oh. no. Not the “It was fun” line. That is always the line of death for any future interactions with a man you just had a date with. They say this to be polite and to nicely extract themselves from the situation.

So I’m left here confused because all the “signals” seemed to be on track to a good first date with chance of a second. Oh, wait. I also thought this because he said “let’s do this again and I’ll take you out and we’ll hang out.”

As a person on planet earth, how am I not to think that means the date went well and he wants to see me again?

Manspeak is frustrating. Men OFTEN will say “let’s do this again” when they don’t mean it. So really, we have no way of gauging how a date went by how a man acts or by what he says. Which is fucked up. All we can do is wait that 48 hours to see if he messages again because that is the only indication of true interest we will get.

I wish people could be more honest and upfront. Seriously, if you don’t want to do this again don’t fucking say you do. If I don’t want to see YOU again I’m sure as hell not going to say I do.


The Ugly Side of Men and Online Dating

I’ve been bullied before, I know how this goes. Sad but true. 

I don’t want to scare you off from online dating, but this needs to be said.

I recently deleted a guy from Tinder because he asked me for pics I wasn’t comfortable sending and then after I didn’t reply to that he sent another message asking if I liked to suck big hard dicks. I deleted him after that message because I don’t tolerate that kind of behaviour and it’s not the conversation I choose to have. I’m looking for something real.

He obviously found me through Instagram that I had connected to Tinder to show potential matches a bit about myself. BAD IDEA, girls. It allows the unhinged and nasty men know who you are if you delete them or don’t behave how they think you should.

He left this message for me on my blog after I deleted him. I never said an unkind word to him, just deleted him when I realized we had different ideas about what we wanted from online dating. This is a direct copy and paste. I cannot make this up.

“aletha you obese UGLY FACE disgusting sad cunt, you wish you looked like this girl on your website, sad pathetic loser still single and will be forever no sane man will ever gf you fat obese ugly cow, feel sorry for your ex and father of ur son who im sure u scammed into having a child ugly bitch”

So…online dating yay or nay?

Yay because this is only the second time a man has been this volatile and nasty to me. I’m a bit shaken up. It’s actually shocking, his message. Some men can’t handle rejection, and Sam is one of those men. I dodged a bullet and his true colours have definitely surfaced.

Online dating works, but you have to be careful. I made the mistake of linking up my Instagram, which could lead to me… and did. And on Instagram I had my blog website listed. I have deleted that for now from Instagram.

We live in a world where we have the opportunity to connect with many people, and that’s exciting, but that opportunity is often abused by others, like Sam. Having a book come out like the one I wrote puts me in a vulnerable position and I am keenly aware of this.

And I’m nervous.

I am fully expecting the trolls to come out and say I’m fat and ugly (because trolls are like that) and haven’t found a man yet because of all that blah blah  blah.

I haven’t “found” a man yet because I haven’t been ready for that up until now, not truly. I’ve been busy achieving my goals and being with an important person–me. Someone I lost along the way in marriage and kids and all the bullshit domesticated “bliss” comes with.

My worth and value as a fucking human being has nothing to do with who I choose to sleep with, date, or love. But our society still puts that on us. 

People will slag my book, my experiences, my idea for the book, how I look, what I say…all of it. I know this, because people are sometimes ugly inside and want to demean others for fun. I’ve been bullied before, I know how this goes.

But will it stop me or make me feel bad about myself?


You can’t touch me, you can’t get in here. Not Sam or any of the other men like him who feel it’s okay to do what he just did to me because his fragile male ego is bruised from my deleting him.

I’m just sorry you feel that this is the way to treat people. That makes me endlessly sad.


Kissing Strangers: How to Online Date Like a Boss

Exciting news!

My book (the digital file for now) is up for pre-orders on Amazon!

I spent two years writing and polishing this guide. It’s a passion project if there ever was one. Here’s the buy link:

This guide will help you navigate the strange world of online dating…I promise!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Alethea xoxoxoxo

Dating Q&A, Feature

Is Online Dating Worth It?

I’m a busy woman with a career. Divorced a few years ago. I know people who have gone online to find dates, but I’m just not sure it’s worth the trouble.Lina from Boston

I find it surprising to hear women still say this and ask themselves this very question. But I know the stats so I guess that’s the difference. 1 in 3 people meet online today and that number is growing by the year. The other 2/3 meet at work or church (or some other place of religious congregation), and through networking via friends and family.

If you don’t have a huge circle and don’t go to church, then really the chances of you meeting someone are very slim if you don’t go online.

Being online doesn’t take that much work beyond setting up a profile and that might take thirty minutes tops, longer I suppose if writing your profile is hard for you. But you can hire a professional writer such as myself to do that.

As a woman, the costs are minimal and often free because there are more women to men ratio. You could decide to spend as much time as you want online. Message with only those men who are clear matches.

Honestly, if you can’t invest a couple hours a week on your love life, if that’s something you truly want to have, then I don’t know what to tell you. He’s not going to show up at your door, that much I do know.

You need to be PROACTIVE not PASSIVE. So run that risk of being alone if you want or saddle up and join the online dating world. I don’t see there as being much of a choice today.

Not being online is a mistake if you are truly looking to meet a man. It’s how people meet today, and if you aren’t participating you’ve literally taken yourself out of the game before it’s even started.

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