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Tuesday, June 20

The Katherine Lester Poll!

Because people want to know! And I want to feel better about my past. And I just learned how to use these poll things. And really, deep down, we’re all just people. Scary, anonymous, untraceable people.

Have you ever hooked up with
someone you met through the internet?

Yes, but I probably won't anymore since those "Dateline" specials have become so popular

View Results

UPDATE: The “No” vote is holding a consistent 10 vote lead over the “Yes” vote. I’m really shocked, to be honest. I thought my readers were more promiscuous, more dangerous, more likely to get drunk and make stupid decisions based on things like “fate” and “loins.” Could it really be that you guys adhere to the traditional values of finding love and divorce the old fashioned way, by hooking up to “Living On A Prayer” on a crowded dance floor at the tail end of a pub crawl?

ANOTHER UPDATE: For future reference: when choosing a free polling service, be sure that a feature of the service isn’t “arbitrarily resetting.” Because when keeping a tally of things such as votes, a crucial part is actually keeping the tally. Oh well, now I’ll never know what percentage of my readers are “fun” and which ones are just “safe” or “married” or “pretty enough to get a real date.” While this deeply saddens me, what is important to remember is that it’s not where or how you meet someone, it’s how much money they spend on you that matters.


if by 'hooked up' you mean 'heavy petting with a guy dressed in a pirate costume who promised me an iPod nano,' then this is a stupid poll and i'm not dignifying it with a response.

By Blogger ducklet, at 11:04 PM  

Like, I've met people in person I met on the internet, but I've never done anything.

By Blogger FlippingChipmunk, at 12:06 AM  

Okay....are you talking "meeting" (with the explicit purpose of naughtiness) someone you know from the internet, or using the internet to meet people, like or something like that???

By Blogger Mollypalooza, at 1:06 AM  

you have to specify hook up

By Blogger treespotter, at 8:46 AM  

C'mon guys - even I know what "hook-up" means! We're being a bit naive, aren't we?

By Blogger belligerent mother, at 9:30 AM  

I love your mom.

Wait...did she vote?

By Blogger Jenni, at 9:50 AM  

I'll direct everyone with questions regarding clarification to my mom's comment. And no she didn't vote. Or she did, but it was no. I mean, of course it was no. Or . . . Jesus Christ, what have I done?

By Blogger the belligerent intellectual, at 10:02 AM  

To add an even skeethier level to this, you should designate that if the answer is yes, how many times?

By Blogger Carrie Broadshoulders, at 10:08 AM  

I think it's easier and more acceptable to meet predators with the advent of the internet; when I was groing up, if you wanted to meet a sexual predator you had to become an altar boy.

By Blogger HomeImprovementNinja, at 10:27 AM  

I once had an internet boyfriend. We'd chat innocently, with lots of *hugs* and *holding your hand now*

By Blogger p_is_for_payj, at 10:35 AM  

Yes, but was there any *awkwardly sitting next to you on the couch now wondering if I've sucked enough of the curry off my palate to kiss you*?

By Blogger the belligerent intellectual, at 10:42 AM  

I accidentally hit the yes, but meant to hit the yes, but I probably won't anymore button. Make sure you factor that in.

By Blogger Betty, at 11:10 AM  

Where's the "Are you kidding? Thanks to online personals, I actually got laid more than 3 times last year" choice?

Since you didn't have that, I went ahead and chose the boring, ol' "Yes" answer. Now that I have a boyfriend, I won't be hooking up with internet matches anymore, but it was fun while it lasted!

By Blogger Faith, at 11:27 AM  

Does just "making out" count as "hooking up"?

By Blogger hanmee, at 11:41 AM  

does masturbating to pictures of Jessica Alba on the internet count as "hooking up"?

By Blogger Tim, at 11:45 AM  

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By Blogger Mood Indigo, at 12:22 PM  

I think the definition(s) of 'hooking up' deserves its own post. I would actually like to see a Belligerant Mother guest editorial on the subject.

By Blogger Mood Indigo, at 12:24 PM  

Where does an incall rub n' tug fit in this equation?

By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 12:43 PM  

Where's the "Yes, and I hope my daughter finds her first (1)Gynocologist (2) CPA; and (3) HPV on Myspace" - option?

P.S. My word verification for this post? stiltwat. Seriously

By Blogger Leezer, at 1:03 PM  

I voted 'No', but what I mean is a combination of 'not yet' and 'very much hope to soon'.

But yeah - define 'hooked up'

By Blogger Just, at 1:09 PM  

I voted 'Yes'...and I'm now living with the guy I 'hooked up' with (off Craiglist, no less!). We have been together over a year.

By Blogger Frug, at 1:22 PM  

I havent ever because I would start talking to them via email and then they turned perverted. So umm no, I prefer to meet my losers the old fashioned way. Through a friend at a bar, so I can be drunk and make an ass out of myself the first night we meet, and if he still likes me then we have problems

By Blogger Softball Slut, at 2:07 PM  

I would never pretend to have a handle on the meeting and dating protocol of today. I do know that kids using the internet without any kind of supervision can lead to big problems. Unless you're Daniel and you have the good fortune of having a place to air your angst and troubles. Right,son?

By Blogger belligerent mother, at 2:15 PM  

Belligerent Mother makes a good point about kids using the internet leading to trouble. I think each of us should make it our public service mission to woo at least one 13 year old into meeting us in a park so that we can hug them and tell them in person how naughty they're behaving. Wear a trench coat for effect.

By Blogger ducklet, at 2:24 PM  

I voted YES - I met my boyfriend online, we hooked up the day we met, and we've been together for over 2 years. He was my first and only "internet date."

By Blogger Nerf, at 2:44 PM  

Whoa there, I'm not claiming I'm not "promiscuous" or "dangerous," but I'm also "hot," so I totally don't need the internet to find people to hook up with.

By Blogger Hope, at 2:51 PM  

I just had a brilliant idea. How about whenever someone replys or comments on here you give your verification word(letters) and then make up a brief definition. Could be quite funny, but then again I'm an idiot and know nothing.

yhgfect: a jewish yeast infection.

By Blogger Kevin, at 4:06 PM  

I don't see how online dating is any scheevier than meeting creepy strangers in bars. At least online you can find someone you've got things in common with. Any guy who has ever talked to me in a bar has either been very shady, or dumb as a pile of rocks. I met my boyfriend online, we've been together for over a year, and he has yet to stab me in the face while I sleep. Thank heavens for that.

By Blogger threetoedsloth, at 4:33 PM  

I clicked YES! twice!!! (IT WAS GOOOOD)

By Blogger mrsmogul, at 4:40 PM  

In December I had a middle-of-the-night sex hookup with a guy who lives around the corner from me. (Thank you, Craigslist!). Six months later we're madly in love. (Thank you, Craigslist!)

By Blogger David Zaza, at 4:47 PM  

I answered an honest 'no' but there is one guy I have talked to for 8 years online (yes, EIGHT!-started in icq, we are now MSNing). I would meet him in a heartbeat, but not necessarily for an intimate encounter. I would just love to see him face to face. So, I'm not sure if that even counts for a hook up. Oh well....


By Anonymous circe, at 6:16 PM  

I am surprised how many people said yes.

Although I did too... I actually met him through our blogs (which was never the intent of my blog) he flew across country to meet me and we still talk daily after a year. Hoping the distance will get shorter soon.

I would never do it again though.

By Blogger ocg, at 2:16 AM  

Yes, I do prefer to meet my men the old-fashioned way. Drunk at a tavern after having danced on the bar to "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

I've said too much.

By Blogger Brookelina, at 9:49 AM  

After I have sugar poured on me, I like to be dipped in coffee and eaten.
What am I?
Honestly, I haven't met anyone online. I'm kind of afraid to. Yes I said it. I'm skeered.

By Blogger JP, at 10:07 AM  

Seeing that I have been married close to 21 years, so that was way before the internet, I will plead the 5th on ground anything I say might incrimnate me!
p.s. :)

By Blogger Hunny, at 10:09 AM  

I was asked out by a girl on myspace once...however, I couldn't bring myself to meet her...I'd rather meet someone in person first...

By Blogger djmetronome, at 11:20 AM  

Is that what matters? Dammit. I married the wrong guy.

According to the latest poll numbers, it appears that the majority of your readers are boring people indeed!

By Blogger babyoog, at 12:48 PM  

Can you please be a little more specific about which hooker you're referring to?

By Anonymous slinkybender, at 1:52 PM  

YUP....I married him 5 years ago! It was the best thing I ever did.

By Blogger Blog-o-licious, at 11:32 PM  

ok, i voted and saw the results and now i hate myself. thanks! ;-)

By Blogger grumpygirl, at 12:05 AM  

My bf was my first match on eHarmony, and we hooked up the day we met. We've been dating ever since.

I'm suddenly feeling like a cliche.

By Blogger Sexy Lexi, at 2:02 PM  

lexi, are we going to be seeing you and your sig-o on those commercials now?

my verification word is "yoctz"

yoctz: the yellow thing in the middle of an egg

Bird Girl

By Blogger Bird Girl, at 3:02 AM  

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