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The two were supposed to meet for the first time on a blind date, but as they were making plans over the phone to get drinks at LFK, they realized they were driving past each other in the parking lot of Planet Fitness. Constantly seeing people from one’s past is the more common – and uncomfortable – kind of chance encounter in Portland, Straubel said.
So they got out of their cars and finished their conversation in person. Back when she cared, “I felt like I was under a microscope at the time, I couldn’t do anything,” she said.
Straubel – a sex blogger for her own website, The Red Lipstick Project, and for the Portland Press Herald’s sister site, Maine – has some advice about dating in Portland that she wishes she could have given to her younger self: “Get over yourself. “We get so caught up in the mindset of our dating life that we forget to actually date.” HIGH PORTLAND USE OF MATCH.
“There are lots of people who are trying to meet people,” he said.
Apse, who has lived in several smaller towns, said he moved to Portland because he thought he’d have a better chance of finding a partner in the city.
Cleary said it’s a common problem in Portland, where it seems there’s never more than two degrees of separation between you and a suitor. “If I were single and met someone new, there’s going to be 10 people I know that are going to have something to say about that person.” Although Cleary sees that as a downside to dating here, Abbie Mc Gilvery likes the fact that getting insight into a potential new partner is only a phone call away – often to someone who has already dated that person.
“It’s easy to figure out who are the good ones and who are the bad ones real quick,” said Mc Gilvery, 32, a mom and entrepreneur who doesn’t like to waste her time.Marc Mc Donald, 34, and Katie Wasowski, 28, talk at Eventide Oyster Co. The couple live together in Portland and have been together since February of 2013.