Here’s the situation: I’ve had a personal ad up on match.com for many moons, and it’s never gotten a very large number of responses. So I’ve come up with a bizarre plan: I happen to have two very good tickets to a showing of Les Miz in San Jose in a little over a month. I was thinking of changing my match.com ad, at least temporarily, to say something like:
“I have an extra ticket to go see Les Miz on (date). I realize this is an odd ad, but… does anyone out there want to go with me? If so, email me and tell me about yourself”.
I figure that (a) I have nothing to lose, because if worse comes to worse, I can change it back after the show, and (b) the novelty value of it might grab someone’s attention.
What do you, particularly you ladies, think? Might you respond to such an ad, at least out of curiosity?
And does anyone have advice as to what my tone should be in the ad? Should I just be straight forward and deadpan? Should I be ironically self-aware, ie, “I realize this probably won’t work, but I figure, what do I have to lose”? Should I point out that some straight men actually do like showtunes? Should I make sure to point out that by responding, all a woman is doing is starting an email dialogue, not giving me a guarantee that she wants to attend said event, sight unseen?
Thanks for your advice…
(One other thing: the picture that is up with my ad shows me with a little cousin hanging onto my back. I use it because it’s a rare picture of me smiling that doesn’t look silly, plus it illustrates that I love kids. But I wonder if women might assume that the cousin is actually my son, and lose interest before noticing “children: none” in the ad?)