Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Internet Dating



Apparently 20% of relationships these days begin online.

I'm not surprised. The Internet is embedded in almost every aspect of our lives these days.

But I'm an old-fashioned guy. I met my current love the old-fashioned way. In the real world. It may not have quite been love at first sight. But it was close. At least for me.

We've been together now for over 30 years. We have been through so much together. Moved to a new country. Traveled the world. Grown old together.

She is even better than when I first met her, but for some reason I feel the need for change. Maybe it's a (late) middle-aged crisis but I'm ready for new experiences.

So I went looking for love online.

And a few weeks ago I think I found it.



Wow. I couldn't believe it when I first saw her details on this website I found. Similar in some ways to my current love but not so heavy and way better looking. Very sexy. There were these fantastic pictures. And video. I was blown away.

The way these dating sites work these days is amazing. You can even read reviews from other people who have already dated your prospective partner. Here is what one of those guys said about her…

She is uncomplicated yet sophisticated, she doesn't take forever to get ready, she goes like a train, she has no vices or annoyances, she is an LMB (Low maintenance Bird) as opposed to an HMB, she won't bite you in the arse or take advantage of you when you make a mistake, she will be easy to live with yet rewarding in the long term. She will make you smile.... every time!

Wow. What a recommendation!



She's from England. Like me. I just know we are going to hit it off.

She is planning to come to America this summer.

So last week I took the plunge and made the commitment. She will come to see me this summer and she has already agreed that if I like her, she will come and move into my place around this time next year.



Yes. I really did it. I bought a boat on the Internet. I put down a deposit on an RS Aero.

What did you think I was talking about?


20 comments:

laserista torpe said...

Cheater.

Keep Reaching said...

Well, it is not exactly like you had not dropped several very unsubtle hints about the initial attraction and blossoming enchantment. But the question you have left unanswered is whether the prior(?) current (?) object of your longstanding and faithful attentions will become part of a ménage à trois or be summarily dismissed leaving her to her fate until a new lover is captivated by her beauty (and low price)?

JP said...

Well Buff was a bit disappointed by the ending but I think its great, though of course danger of this being the start of a slippery slope. You start by thinking its just an RS Aero, but is this the start of the Tillerman boat collection? What will become of the famous Tiller-laser? Will Tiller-hq become a two boat household? Or more.... ?

JP said...

I've just watched the video and it does look like a 21st century Laser if you know what I mean.

Tillerman said...

Oh, and in case you wondered, the quote about Low Maintenance Bird etc. is a real quote about the RS Aero made by someone who has already sailed one.

Tillerman said...

I should have made it clear that we are definitely planning a three-way relationship. I could never abandon my Laser now after so many years.

I am thinking that I will still be taking advantage of all the opportunities for Laser racing - regattas, frostbite, local fleets, weekday evenings etc. in this area - and then at other times working with a couple of friends (who have also put down deposits on Aeros) to build a local Aero fleet.

Many Laser sailors sail in other boats too, so nothing particularly unusual there.

George A said...

When does you new sweet heart arrive? Your reading public wants a full report of the shake down sail.

Tillerman said...

There will be demos of the RS Aero in North America this summer and the first deliveries will arrive here in March 2015. By putting down deposits now, we are guaranteeing a reduced price and reserving our places in line for some of the first boats to arrive here. I will certainly be posting about the demo in the summer, my own boat when it arrives next spring, and other RS Aero news that I hear in the coming year too.

I am also probably going to Minorca Sailing again this September and it is possible I will be able to sail an Aero there too. Last I heard was that they hadn't yet decided whether to buy one this year but it's under consideration.

Tillerman said...

Wow. That's a relief. Tillerwoman just read this post and laughed at it. I thought I might be in a heap of trouble if she took it the wrong way.

I just hope my Laser doesn't have access to the Interwebs. She might not be so understanding.

Sam Chapin said...

Sharp chines, mid boom sheeting, and halyard. I think you will be learning a lot of bad habits sailing that thing.

Tillerman said...

Why so Sam?

MYCSunfish Fleet said...

Nice! Is the reduced price in the 90% range? If I sell my Flying Scot and my Sunfish, I might have £900 to put toward the cause.

Tillerman said...

The launch price is about 92.5% of the list price.

Thanks you for your offer of £900 towards the New England RS Aero Fleet Beer Fund. It is indeed a good cause and on behalf of all the fleet members I gratefully accept.

O Docker said...

Slippery slope, indeed!

After this wussy halyard, what's next - a galley sink and someplace to poop?

Tillerman said...

Halyards are wussy? I never knew that. I checked with RS Sailing about your comments on the wussy halyard, O Docker and here is their reply…

"The early prototype rigs had a sleeved luff mainsail – this proved impractical with the big headed mainsail, making it difficult to step the rig on windy days. There were also problems with the inboard end of the full length battens. Most sailors preferred the convenience of a main halyard on a tracked mast."

So now you know.

Sandy Goodall said...

Like you.....a pasionate Laser sailor....I just ordered one as well. Will keep sailing my Laser down here in sounthern Baja, and sail the Aero on the lake in Annecy, France.

BeachComber said...

But Tillerman! It's the same thing as the Laser, just lighter, faster and less messy politics. It doesn't introduce a new element to sailing, like the RS Vareo. I only approve if this new thing is faster to broad reach than to run dead downwind. Our family Laser made the trip across the pond too.

the Knitting Sailor said...

OMG - can't wait to hear about it!

Chris Williams said...
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Chris Williams said...

As an ex-Laser sailor looking to get back into a fun, no-hassle, modern singlehander, the Aero looks just about perfect. Think I might be plunking down my 500 beans very soon!

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