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August 28, 2010 11:32 AM Subscribe
Should I respond to a Craigslist missed connections ad that is about me? If so, how?
posted by fiasco to human relations (29 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Last night, I was reading the Missed Connections section of Craigslist and lo and behold, I discovered an ad to me! I rarely ever go on Craigslist. I'm probably averaging 3-4 times per year and that's mostly in the classified section.
I had a mini-heart attack and then began my plight of over analyzing the shit out of the situation.
The ad was very respectable. Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Does not seem remotely sleazy.
I am 99.9% certain the ad was about me. The place he specified where he saw me is (unfortunately) almost always empty; it was the same day and time I dropped in; I fit all identifying physical characteristics. So, the ad is about me..
I start emails and then delete them because I feel so awkward, like I'm trying to prove to him that I'm me. I know I'm me and I also know the ad is about me, but like I'm hitting a major writer's block. What is the Craigslist missed connections etiquette? Do I just write, "Hey, you found me." Or do I need something more substantial, evidence I'm me that's not revealed in the ad ("I was also wearing my hair down and green flip flops").
I have no idea who he is. Generally, I wear guy blinders when I'm out. We never had a "moment" of eye contact or conversation that I was aware of. Do I ask for a photo? Ugh.
Also, is missed connections on Craigslist safe? Should I create a throwaway email account to respond? Should I agree to meet this guy if it gets to that point?
Ugh, I am stressing myself about such a silly thing so I thought I'd turn to the internet savvy and intuitive masses at AskMetafilter to see what you guys think. I'm actually kind of embarrassed by the event as well..
How common is this Craigslist experience? Should I even respond? How should I respond?
Thanks in advance!