By Chris Fleming

The Beautiful Letdown
It is officially summer! This most desirable of seasons is, in my opinion, rather annoying.  My irritation with the three months east of May has nothing to do with the temperature and is purely personal.  
For a single guy like me, summer is exciting in many ways – women in sundresses, rock concerts and seasonal dating. In the past, I would anxiously await summertime, especially the cultivation of a temperature-sensitive relationship.  These days, the sundresses and rock concerts are still okay, but dating has become somewhat complicated, due to the fact that “Temporary” and “Relationship” are no longer compounds in my cosmos.
Many moons ago, as a result of an adjusted spiritual path, I decided to pursue “Destiny Dating.”  This is dating, not for the sake of dating, but, as a vehicle to the discovery of a life partner.
Destiny Dating is a practice many might want to follow, but further examination could prove the contrary.  In order to “destiny date,” one must have a set of concrete ideals and specifications deemed important in a mate. The ideals must be important and not subject to compromise.  Hair color as a specification might be a tad bit unrealistic, but a certain type of religion could quite possibly be a pillar of acceptance. Destiny Dating saves much time and money by quickly canceling out people deemed extremely “non-compliant.”  If a specification is to be Caucasian, no need attending a Latin American-influenced event looking for a date. On the other hand, it can get time-consuming when one has pinpointed a potential mate and begins the vetting process.  While aesthetic criteria can be easily targeted, pinning down the personality points can take multiple dates and hours of coexisting.
My geeky persona is constantly thinking of ways to make a process more efficient, and I have come to the conclusion that Destiny Dating needs to be a lot more like
How much easier would dating be if a person brought a consumer report (as seen on of themselves to the first date?  Just imagine ... boy meets girl, introductions are made and reports are exchanged in nice manila folders.  Similar to the Web site, the report would include product information, warning labels and reviews from past customers, complete with nifty star ratings. The report could include an “also purchased” section, for one to get a well-rounded view of the types of people the potential mate attracts. With conversation during dinner and a complementary consumer report, destiny daters could quickly derive necessary conclusions without the second date or future phone conversations.  
The report would not be foolproof, and purchasing a defective product could happen – but, if the report deters me from spending an inordinate amount of time with a psycho I can’t take home to mom, sign me up and log me in. 

Chris “Ace Nova” Fleming is a 20-something residing in the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood – a young professional moonlighting as your neighborhood blogger. Check out or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with feedback.