Missed connections…online cupid fun

Ok. I am sooooo out of touch! I had NO IDEA. I can’t believe I didn’t know. Why didn’t someone tell me?!?!

About. Missed. Connections.

I came to it almost by accident. I discovered the YouTube talk show Dirty Talk Dating (fabulous – love these people!) with Tess and Lou’s interview with Melissa Center who started Missed Connections Live where she produced funny videos BASED on real New York Missed Connections postings.

If you are like me, your first question is “what’s a missed connection post?”

Well…I guess people all around the world write and post these “missed connections” advertisements on Craigslist detailing their “missed connection” with someone. Perhaps it was someone you locked eyes with on the subway but didn’t have the guts to talk to; maybe an arm brush at the coffee shop with a cute guy and as you went to say hi, he turned and walked away; or maybe it was an incidental urinal meeting between two men where you wish you’d have had the guts to introduce yourself but felt the moment wasn’t quite right.

Shut up? I know! It’s true!

People actually post this stuff. And then someone makes funny videos about it.

ONLY on the Internet could we be so fortunate.

Although sadly, it seems like Melissa isn’t posting any more videos. We can all console ourselves by watching the ones she did put together. Here are a couple of my personal FAVS!

Hey Beautiful Lady


Be My John Roberts


OMG hilarious!

Then for shits and giggles, I went on Craiglist to see if Missed Connections is for real and guess what…it IS!!! Here are some samples from yesterday’s Toronto’s Missed Connections section on Craiglist that I just had to share…

JEWISH BAKERY/RESTAURANT – m4w – 42 (Very specific)

Date: 2012-08-27
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Today I was at a very well known toronto jewish bakery/restuarant for lunch. You were sitting with there with a friend. We casually exchanged glances and I have to say you looked terrific. If this is you and you read this..what restaurant were we at

Goodlife gym – m4m (Kingsmill (Etobicoke))

Date: 2012-08-27
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We were side by side at the urinal today. You – bearish, goatee. You were playing with yourself and you caught me looking at you. We made eye contact as I turned to leave. Hope to see you back there again. If you see this, tell me what I was wearing so I know it’s you.

Gorgeous ebony in black and white dress waiting in bus stop – m4w – 50 (Albion Road and Armel Court)

Date: 2012-08-27
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This is a long shot, but I felt compelled to post an ad just in case you or somebody who knows you sees this. I was driving northbound on Albion Road around 10:15 AM today, and when I got to Armel Court, you were standing in the bus stop, wearing a black and white dress, to the best of my recollection. I was driving by in a black vehicle. Our eyes met as I passed you, and you flashed me a great smile which I returned. I was going to turn around immediately and go back and talk to you, but alas, I didn’t. In any case, if you do see this, please contact me. I would love to meet you and see more of that gorgeous smile!

Goodlife chat – m4m – 40 (North York/Toronto)

Date: 2012-08-27
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This is going to sound way too cryptic but here goes. I’ve seen you around this location of GoodLife (not a downtown location btw) for about 3 years and only recently have we started acknowledging each other – to the point where last week I introduced myself – N___ to you by name and you told me your name S___. We’re both over the age of 40 – (i assume you are – i know i am). We’ve only talked about your fitness regime and my running. I’d like to take it further. It never seems to be the right time to strike up a conversation with you, but damn I’d like to! I think you’re married (to a woman no less!) but my senses tell me something more is going on. Anyway in the rare chance that you read this we had a very brief interchange this morning and i wish i’d continued it beyond what was said. Write me back if you recognize any of this. – i’m keeping it cryptic for obvious reasons.

Just call me cupid!

Did you know about this Missed Connections thing (and if so…why did you not tell me?!?!)? Have you ever posted a Missed Connection? Ever had a Missed Connection you wish you would have posted about? Come on…share the wealth…

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  1. Natalie, you find the most interesting stuff out there! I’ve never heard about Missed Connections on YouTube or on Craigslist. I only wonder if people really get re-connected through the Craigslist one, since it seems like a long shot. But I love the videos, they are hilarious 🙂

    • I know, eh!?! I wondered the same thing. Are there any missed connections success stories out there? Anyone telling their kids “we met after your father responded to my Craigslist post…” I’d love to read those stories…I bet there’d be some doozies…LOL!!

  2. Okay, my muse sat up and said, hmmm, story here? LOLOL I had NO idea. None. Hubs and I could have been missed connection. I was at a church dance. He came in. We smiled, said hi. Later he asked me to dance. Good guy. 37 years later, I’m still glad we didn’t miss. 😉

  3. HILARIOUS! I’ve heard a tail or two about long lost lovers or people who met but lost touch who reunited thanks to Craig’s List, but I had no idea it was such a glorious trend. I agree with Pauline… The fodder for fiction seems endless! I threw a note in a bottle into a lake once when I was a kid. Does that count? LOL If anyone found it, they never wrote back. *sniff*
    Thanks for the fun post!

    • Fodder for fiction is RIGHT! I am going to have to issue a call-out via social media for any success stories lest I write my own. LOL!!

      That totally counts. I bet he’s reading this right now going “DAMN…so should have written back!!” LOL! 🙂 You are a romantic at heart…I love that…

  4. Nope, I’ve never heard of it, or Melissa. I’m not sure I could read the Craigslist postings because it would drive me nuts…wondering how the stories ended. Just like the guy in the last sample…I’d like to know what happened. Yes, I’m nosy. But I figure if someone puts it on the internet for all to see, too bad. I wanna know. 🙂

    As always, fun post, Natalie! 🙂

  5. How very interesting.

  6. If you’re the pick-up truck driver from West Elizabeth pulling a horse trailer south on Interstate 79 north of Pittsburgh on August 8th, it was great fun playing hopscotch with you. I’m sorry you’re the one who got nabbed for speeding. You hopped. I scotched. It would have been me had I responded to your hand signal to “come on around.” [That is what that signal meant, right?] Anyway. Hope the ticket wasn’t too expensive. You could have used the money to invest in front teeth. Let me know if you read this. I know a great (cheap) dentist in the area.

  7. What? Whoop! I’m still on the blog and not Craig’s List? How embarrassing. Or, not…

    At least I made no mention of Ben-WAhahaha or schlongs.

  8. Well isn’t that clever? Why not just post, “I’m a creepy stalker who drives by your bus stop every day and smiles. Wanna hook up for a 50 shades of gray experience?” Or, “I love how you yank your weenie, wanna yank mine?” Of course it doesn’t surprise me that it’s available on CraigsList. Lots of “interesting” folks you can hook up with on CraigsList, especially if you have money and credit card information you wanna give away.

    You do find the coolest stuff!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a jansen Schmidt

  9. Coleen Patrick says:

    I’d seen it before in the paper–and on craigslist, but had no idea about the videos. That is some funny stuff!! Thanks for the laughs Natalie 🙂

  10. This is funny and cool. I know a bearish guy with a goatee in Toronto. No lie! I do love the mystery of the smile, the arm brush… I’m a big old gushy romantic at heart.

  11. I’m so behind the times. Just this past weekend a young friend of mine told me about postsecret.com. I bet it ‘used’ to be on your radar a thousand and one years ago and is barely a passing memory by this time.

  12. I had no idea. Hilarious! I also wonder if anyone has reconnected from a missed connection. They string a bunch of the stories together like in When Harry Met Sally.


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