Rock Climbing Opera Singers

I’ve been wondering for a while why Brian and Kenneth hang out at Vertical Endeavors so much. MN Monthly put that issue to rest with their Best of the Cities 2007 feature:

Best of the Cities 2007

Place To Meet Single Men
Where can a lass meet a lot of single men outside of bars, comic-book stores, or jail? Try a rock-climbing class, which tend to attract larger proportions of male participants than many clubs or social groups. (At Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul, one of the country’s finest climbing facilities, guys comprise roughly 50 percent of attendees—and staffers say several pairs of climbers have fittingly gone on to tie the knot after meeting in classes.) Let’s face it: These men are buff, confident, and self-reliant—not to mention pretty good with their hands. Vertical Endeavors, 845 Phalen Blvd., St. Paul, 651-776-1430

Dudes, it turns out that you should be hanging out at The Minnesota Opera’s Young Professionals Group if you’re looking for ladies that aren’t necessarily “Rubenesque”.

Or, ladies, it’s time you swing down at watch these guys nail a 5.12.

Belay on!

Can Vegans Find a Date?

The Star Tribune ran an interesting column on the challenges of finding a date if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. It turns out that it’s tough to find people who eat as healthily as they are. And especially difficult to find others who share the same passion for what they’re willing to eat:

Veggie tales

Finding love among these strict vegetarian singles, the so-called ecosexuals, can be difficult.

“If you have compassion for animals and your soul mate is eating one, you’re going to diverge,” said Chris Beckley, head of the Vegetarian Society of Colorado in Denver. As a result, Beckley said, the vegetarian population is full of “available, nice single people who are single for a long time.”

Ecosexuals? That sounds a bit too much like molestation of organically grown produce for my taste.

The web comes to the rescue with sites like veggiedate.org where vegetarians can find each other.

On the other end of the spectrum are sites for people with a much different take on food: bbwdatefinder.com and similar sites cater to “Big Beautiful Women and their Admirers.” Chances are pretty good that there isn’t much cross-over between bbwdatefinder.com and veggiedate.org.

Match.com’s TOS

Kenneth pointed out the absurdity of the terms of service Match.com publishes:

9. Content Posted by You on Match.com.

a. You are solely responsible for the Content that you publish or display (hereinafter, “post”) on the Service, or transmit to other Members. You will not post on the Service, or transmit to other Members, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material, or any material that infringes or violates another party’s rights (including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights, and rights of privacy and publicity). You will not provide inaccurate, misleading or false information to the Company or to any other Member. If information provided to Match.com, or another Member, subsequently becomes inaccurate, misleading or false, you will promptly notify Match.com of such change.

Sexually oriented comments on a dating site? Can you imagine such a thing? It seems like sites like Match.com would actually work better if they were more sexually oriented. Rather than having a bunch of people dancing around the fact that they’re looking to get laid, let them explain in no uncertain terms what they’re looking for in a partner, including sexually.

Or, do they mean you’re not supposed to mention your sexual orientation because it may offend homophobes on the site. Imagine if you’re a flaming heterosexual who “accidentally” clicked the “men seeking men” drop-down box and was later called out by his roommate who noticed this in the browser history. Could the owners of gay profiles who “offended” the Ted Haggard-like hetero dude have their accounts revoked for offending the Haggard?

Personally, I think every single user of Match.com should have their membership revoked for breaking another part of the TOS:

You will not provide inaccurate, misleading or false information to the Company . . .

Or, should I believe that everyone’s honest about their age, weight, height, income, and what’s they’re looking for in a mate?