Trolling internet dating sites

Online dating always felt partly artificial, and transition from that to a "real" relationship sketchy.On social media platforms, especially with professional colleagues where we have a lot of common ground to begin with (and might meet "in the real world" at a conference or something), it's more likely to lead to something more enduring.

The mythological troll is known to be an ugly, dirty, angry creature that lives in dark places, like caves or underneath bridges, waiting to snatch up anything that passed by for a quick meal.

Connecting required a hardwired modem—the origin of that iconic sound so popular in movies when machines make that initial screeching handshake with one another.

I had a solid Hayes Micromodem (what's a "baud", anyway? Unlike the modem in the movie War Games, this one was super-advanced—it plugged into the back of a computer, and directly into the phone jack on the wall.

I came of age before Tinder hit the scene, using now old-fashioned slow response time desktop dating services.

In spite of a few informative relationships of different sorts, I met my partner the old-fashioned way, at a mutual friend's social event.