The Dating Project

Sarah Rose

Dating with a view to marriage is no other thing than work. I am a writer in New York, but Sex & the City this ain’t. Carrie had friends who weren’t repopulating the planet. She had fancy shoes. I have fuzzy Crocs. I get commuter rail and Brooklyn birthday parties. She got limos and glam soirées. I actually exist.

This is a project and it is a schlep. I used to believe in surgical strikes, now I’m carpet bombing. I’m on three different dating websites. I ask total strangers if they know anyone single because I have dated the pool of my friends’ friends’ friends dry.

Somewhere, someone is going to make me laugh and swoon. I haven’t met him yet. I’m trying.

I hope it will end. Happily.

Shopping in a Pharmacy

The Test

As Sarah’s romance with the Magician continues, the Magician goes on the hunt for a much-needed test in the maze of a local pharmacy.... More

More In The Dating Project

Graduation hat and books
The Graduate

After dinner, a show, and a stop at a Middle Eastern hookah bar, Sarah finally gives in to her own Benjamin Braddock, aka the Magician.... More

Young man and woman lying on a hotel bed. Source: © pio3
The Boondoggle

Sarah brings The Magician as her plus one to review a hotel and its Michelin-starred restaurant, and The Magician brings Sarah a little perspective. ... More

Young woman annoyed with her date. Source: / © Rommel Canlas
The Patient

Sarah attempts another blind date, this time with a best-selling author who stiffs Sarah with a hefty tab and an uncomfortably long night.... More

Young woman bored while her date uses an iPad. Source: © Peter Bernik
Double Date

Sarah double books on her latest date night, only to find that an arguably successful evening still seems like a strike out. ... More

Young man performing a magic trick with an Ace of Spades over one eye. Source: © DimClaire
The Magician

I probably shouldn’t undervalue the assets of a 25-year-old. He could be magic. ... More

Man in wet suit, wearing snorkel on a beach. Source: / juniart
The Praetorian Guard

New York has an endless supply of Praetorian Guardsmen, competitive collectors of wine or girlfriends or art. This one was a champion traveler, racking up... More

Two women talking at lunch. Source: Alexander
The Dating Coach

Sarah decides it's time to call in a professional dating coach to give her some guidance. ... More

young couple flirting outside the woman's door
The Playwright, Again

I should have lighting-fast dating reflexes. I’ve been doing this for 20 years. This is my job, damnit. But I couldn’t figure him out...... More

Couple on a date in the city. Source: Sutyagin
The Playwright

Sarah's latest date has New York City rooting for the match–literally. ... More

young couple talking. Source: / coka
The Improper Assignation

He wanted to have dinner and I thought nothing of it. We’re old friends. But it was everything like a date–the best I'd had in... More

woman with red fingernails playing chess. Source: Sobko
The Comic

Sometimes it is easier to play through a weird date than to get up and leave. ... More

White gold wedding bands on an invitation tied with a red bow. Source: Roman
Wedding Announcement

Sarah finds out the man who swept her off her feet only to make an unexpected and traumatic exit, her Mr. Hyde, got married. ... More

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