Friday, 01 July 2011
Missed Connection. W4M.
You: You were reading a Neil Gaiman novel and you kept watching Doctor Who. You were from a really small village in God-knows-where England, going to a conference in Chicago. Oh, and you had a piece of spinach stuck in between your teeth the entire flight but I figured you didn't care.
Me: Scarfed down my vegetarian meals and digestive biscuits before you got your regular meals. Cried over Never Let Me Go and talked your ear off about Virginia Woolf. Pointed and laughed at the flight attendants who were human-illustrating the safety video.
Flight left at 10am from London back to the east coast of the US. It was 90 degrees when we got off the plane.
I'm sure we've all had a missed connection at one point--starting up a really random conversation on the train because your iPod died, exchanging shy smiles with the cute cashier at Starbucks, going out to a party and having the most refreshing conversation with someone in years but forgetting to ask for a name.
I forgot Craigslist ever existed until someone suggested I look for my desired cheap-ish SLR camera on there (Amazon and eBay have failed me in price range, le gasp!). As soon as I hit the front page, I remembered that Craigslist had a "Personals" section which is full of a lot of really cr33py stuff (in my humble opinion, feel free to disagree) when you click on Missed Connections. It ranges from the format above, to "met you at ________, message me!" to short, extremely vague messages like "To sad girl, I am thinking about you and I hope you're okay." I am amazed by how many posts go up every day and that so many people think they felt a connection with someone and missed it, especially when you can filter Craigslist down to a specific area.
And of course, what would a site like Craigslist be without posts that talk about a missed romantic connection, i.e. "I am the one for you," "please go on a date with me," and so forth. I just have to stop for a moment and think... did they reunite? Was it true love at first conversation?
I personally always let a missed connection go. I really love making up a story for that person without anything ruining that mysteriousness.
Have you ever posted or been mentioned in a missed connection on Craigslist.com? Did you find the person you were looking for or respond to it? What was the end result?