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On Craigslist Personals, the Valentine’s Day Hunt Has Begun

And people have some very different ideas of what romance means.

Around Valentine’s Day, the Craigslist personals are a treat. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Oh, my. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the quest to not be alone on
the day and night that celebrates romance has begun in earnest. However, a casual
surf of the Craigslist personals shows some peculiar ideas of what’s romantic. A married
man whose wife will be away on business is “just looking for a good time.” A couple
wants a threesome. A man offers a “special gift” to one lucky woman—depending on how
pretty she is—while another man advertises his huge . . . heart. And, may we ask,
just what do handcuffs have to do with Valentine’s Day? [Ed. note: All ads appear
below with original spelling and punctuation.]

Older Gentleman Seeks A Younger Girl To Spoil On Valentine’s Day—m4w—62 (Maryland
And Metro Area)

This professional, advanced degree, very physically fit, not married and older gentleman
is seeking a younger girl to spoil on Valentine’s Day. I do not seek or expect sex.
I do have an interest in a not so everyday lifestyle that I would ask if you might
consider (no sex).

Partner in Crime—m4w—61 (Georgetown)

I will be in town Tuesday night February 12th.

Interested in an early Valentine’s Day rendezvous?

Drinks? Dinner? Handcuffs?

I’m up for anything!

Awesome Gal in town for V Day—w4m—25

I’m visiting a friend for a few days. I’ll be in town Thursday evening, would love
to have a Valentine’s day date 🙂

In a nutshell, I’m awesome, and I like a good laugh. All I’m looking for is someone
to hang out with for the evening, someone who’s funny, cool, outgoing, spontaneous,
and I won’t complain if you happen to be easy on the eyes.

Send me an email, a little summary, and a photo and I’ll do the same.

Thanks and gig ‘em… 😛 Yes, I’m from Texas.

Sophia TGI Fridays—m4w—33 (Alexandria)

This is not a missed connection of course because you have my number. I just know
you are not going to call. I don’t think you will read this, but in case you did I
would like to say please call me .. I would like to take you out this Valentine’s

Need a Valentine Day date—24 (Woodbridge)

I don’t get out enough I spend most of my day in the house. I donto want to be in
the crib on the 14the I want a date. I don’t care what you look like just be able
to have a conversation and be honest. Check me out and I hope you like I’m tall dark
and handsome can relate with anybody. Email me and pls leave a pic.

I NEED A VALENTINE!!!—t4m—24 (Alexandria)

im hella bored lol.. im just tryna hang out and have fun.. I had actually met someone
off here that i eneded up liking but he turned out to be like the rest of the a**holes
and jerks and players in this game we call life smh…. now im dateless for valentines
day!!!! so lets have some fun. 420+++ ski++++ sexy passable chocolate ts here, 5’7
130 pounds… (; serious inquiries only..

Mystery Valentine’s Date?—21 (Centreville)

I don’t want to be alone on Valentine’s day! I want to go out to dinner and treat
a lady out to a terrific evening 🙂 I’m 5’11, caucasian with dark brown hair and green
eyes. I’m a college graduate and just began working at a local radio station (but
I do have Thursday off!) and haven’t had much of a chance to socialize and get to
meet any new people in the area. If you are looking for a date for this Valentine’s,
send me a message and let’s see where this goes! I’ll trade pics if you send one and
will also answer any questions you might have 😛

Wife’s Away on Business—Looking for Vday Date—m4w—26 (Fairfax)

My wife is away on business this week. I will be lonely this valentine’s day without

Looking for someone around my age looking for a nice dinner this Thursday and some
good conversation.

Just looking for a good time

A man with a huge…heart—m4w—29 (Montgomery Co.)

Well valentines day is coming up and i am seeing who all has any good ideas for plans…I
just moved here from Florida and I’m looking to see if any woman or women want a rose
and some entertainment for the night…Im open to all suggestions you might have and
I can even add a few of my tricks in there along the way. Id love to hear back with
your emails…please at least tell me alittle about what your likes and dislikes are
towards the valentine’s season:)

on your response, I can provide you with a few photos if you wish to see.

Thanks and hope to talk soon,

Valentine’s Lunch + Gift for a Pretty Lady (Rockville)

I am busy for Valentine’s dinner, but I did not want to make a pretty girl gift-less
on Valentine.


You are pretty, White or Asian, 21 to 29 yo.

Lunch near Rockville Town Square at 12:30p.

A special gift for you ;)—the gift depends on how pretty you are, so send me you best

About me: Generous, decent looking, great sense of humor, average weight/height. In
my 30s.

Sexy Couple Looking For Fun;)—mw4w—26 (Nova)

Looking to surprise my guy with a threesome for Valentine’s Day.

I’m 26, white, very good looking. He is 39, black, and handsome. Were both classy
and educated.

Sexy fit women pls hit me up. NO guys or couples.

Valentine’s Day Fun!—m4w—34 (Clarendon)

Do you hate Valentines, but want to go out that night and have fun in protest? Let
me buy you dinner, drink wine, and curse the god of love! I am 34, single, an attorney,
and just started a new job here in D.C.. Let’s have a night where we forget that hearts
have ever been broken.

Had it with being sexually ignored?—m4w—44 (Annandale)

Need some sexual TLC on a beautiful Tuesday? Then come to this big strong man this
afternoon and let’s warm it up, let me shower you with the sexual attention to your
needs and desires that you deserve. Seen enough of other people ignoring you and watching
football games to last a lifetime? … come get your early Valentine treat as there
is no reason to be ignored any longer. I’m a tall, handsome and fit white executive
willing to show you the attention you crave. I’m sane, polite, friendly, well-educated,
a good listener and I’m also ddf. I tried this before and all I got was spam, but
I still believe that there is one lonely lady deserving attention out there.