> All-Knowing Oracle, I'm in kind of a dark mood, so please humor
> this humble supplicant (enlightenment or good advice would be nice, but
> I know better).
> I got this creaky old 486/80 system about a year ago, with the
> intent of, at least in part, using it to find someone.
> I should probably say that I'm male, straight, white, 28, never
> married, and have no children. What I'm looking for in a woman is
> probably quite a bit different from what most men my age are looking
> I don't care much about looks or weight. Age doesn't greatly matter
> to me, as long as she's at least 21. Race is a not an issue with me.
> You may be wondering why I don't just look out the window; I
> don't do that because I'm looking for something very rare. I'm not
> capable of feeling desire for a woman unless I perceive her to be an
> intellectual equal--and, while IQ tests are rather a blunt instrument,
> according to most tests, my own IQ is approximately 160. I haven't met
> a woman whom I could accept as an intellectual equal in about five
> years now--and the last one was twice my age and an alcoholic. This is
> neither boasting nor vainglory, just simple fact--there are few, damn
> few, human beings in this range; they're almost nonexistent, even in
> groups like Mensa.
> So I tried a couple of the Internet alt.personals newsgroups; I
> found two extremely ditzy nineteen-year-old college girls, one fairly
> articulate woman in South Africa who stopped writing to me suddenly
> (from her descriptions of what was happening locally at the time, I
> wouldn't be surprised to learn that she's dead), and one very, very
> persistent gay man.
> I tried IRC, and learned that IRC is full of high-school kids.
> If you go to channels oriented towards an audience of single adults,
> you will find that, on IRC, actual women are heavily outnumbered by gay
> men pretending to be women, and make up less than 5% of the IRC
> population in any event. Computers, it would seem, are a guy thing,
> and most women, for whatever reason, don't like computers (maybe it's
> hormonal, testosterone and transistors maybe, I really don't know). I
> _did_ manage to find one very articulate, very funny, very attractive
> woman; she lives on the opposite side of the planet, in Hong Kong. Oh,
> and she's engaged to a man who lives in New York.
> Then I tried a few different Internet newsgroups related to
> certain of my interests. I found most of them to be utterly devoid of
> women and nearly devoid of worthwhile content; a few of them had a few
> regular female contributors, who were invariably either a) married or
> b) really, really screwed up, usually both at once.
> Then, in something approaching desperation, I went to DejaNews
> and did searches of their databases based on words almost, but not
> quite, chosen at random, and got a few tentative leads, many months
> old. I tried several addresses; my email invariably bounced.
> Finally, in desperation, I tried several singles chat rooms and
> Web-based singles boards. I found lots of high-school kids,
> uncountable hordes of bored married women, and one fairly articulate
> single woman who was on the far end of the continent and who quit
> writing back to me after two weeks.
> So I'm close to wits' end with the whole thing; it is, perhaps,
> fortunate that my libido is not what it was ten years ago. I'm looking
> for someone with whom to build a life, not a one-night stand; but I'm
> out of ideas, and any suggestions that you can offer will be
> Thank you very much.
> And since I can't think of anything else to say, perhaps I should