One day I was sat reading various profiles when I suddenly decided that I was going to write an ice-breaker message. I had never done one before and I thought it would be a brilliant way to reach all the male members on the Mature Free and Single website.
Basically I was looking for someone around my age who had similar interests and who lived in my area so I played around a bit and came up with the following:
Are you my Mr Darcy? Are you tall dark and handsome with your own stately mansion? Are you wealthy with a strong desire to meet me and take me away from all this? Failing that, do you live in the West Yorkshire area, over 5ft 8inch tall with a good sense of humour and a passion for good conversation.
I posted my ice-breaker with a smile and waited for it to be approved. It did not take long and once live I began to get emails pinging into my email box.
Mr Darcy here, I am tall dark and handsome and wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, let me take you away from all this and treat you to a luxury break in France.
From Jock 73 in Scotland.
I giggled 73 was just a little bit old for me but he had a great sense of humour.
The next message read:
Hi beautiful lady,
I may not look like Mr Darcy whoever he is, but I can offer you a night out down at my local working mans club if you fancy it. They do a good turn on a Saturday night. Not being tight but I would expect you to buy your own pint and bag of pork scratching I am not made of money!
From Nigel 50 in Sheffield.
Hmm I thought what an offer! But I think I will pass on that one.
I have just read your ice-breaker and although I may not be tall dark and handsome as you can probably tell by my photograph and profile but I have a good heart and I am a genuine man, looking to meet a lady with a sense of humor and a nice smile. If you like what you see, please drop me an email.
Richard 62 from Leeds
Now there is a possibility.
I looked at his photographs and profile. He looked like a nice guy. His photographs were clear and close up, plus he had taken one with a webcam which is always good because it puts the date it was taken so you can see that it is indeed a recent photograph. His profile was well written. He had clearly taken the time and thought about what he had written.
Oh yes he definitely lived up to my Mr Darcy requirements. : I quickly typed back a reply.
Hi Mr Darcy you seem just they type of man I am looking for, would you care to chat?
Ice-breakers do work I thought smiling to myself.