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As with the best jobs, the best relationships are often those that you get through referrals.
It's not like the salad days when you could loll around all weekend with a new love interest.
For some of us there are a mere handful of days per month that don't entail a double shift of work followed by family.
Don't believe any dating advice that glosses over that fact.
And, while I don't envy the young ones in this bleak era of hook-ups and hairless vulvas (though signs are pointing to some backlash against that particular trend, mercifully), the truth is it's even tougher for those of us who are no longer bright-eyed and bush-less 20-thru-40-somethings.A moment for our single brethren here: I have it on good authority from at least two and a half decent men (And I am not inclined to create a male dating profile in an attempt to "prove" that they are exaggerating). My singular near-miss at an online-based first date was cancelled on the brink, due to the discovery that my potential guy was in fact the boyfriend of someone whom I knew through work. How to: Put up a dating profile or two, then quickly choose some people to meet.