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Enter their sweepstakes. Click: Win a trip to Edinburgh

Niche (Specialized) Dating Websites

Cook-Dating (in Paris!)

Online Dating

Read Up Before You Plunge into Online Dating

Disposable Phone Service

Best Ski Resorts for Singles

Singles Organizations and more

Speed Dating

Making Friends — not necessarily lovers (in NYC)

Worldwide Hospitality Exchange Organization

NEW from Travelocity —

According to the New York Times, Travelocity is planning to introduce a "Meet Me In . . ." on its website around the end of March 2006. This is in direct response to those who meet online and want to meet in a neutral city to get acquainted.

Read up on online dating before you take the plunge!

Consider the following selections:

I Can't Believe I'm Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating, by Evan Marc Katz

Amazon customer review excerpt:

I also didn't have enough experience or knowledge to know what to put in my profile and what to leave out, what to put in a new contact letter and what not to, etc. If I had, I would've had more dates at first and less rejection.

Online Dating for Dummies, by Judy Silverstein, Michael Lasky

Amazon customer review excerpt:

A perfect guide to getting started with online dating and meeting someone. Clear, precise, and fun!! Coupons, personal advice and so much more!

To purchase these books, click: Amazon

Please be mindful —

Online dating is an exciting new tool (for many of us!) for finding suitable partners. Please combine the thrill with plenty of good sense.
Here are a few tips (You'll discover more when you visit any online dating service.):
* Consider maintaining a separate e-mail account for online dating purposes.
* Avoid revealing personally identifiable information in your online dating profile, like your real name and address.
* Before meeting, chat on the phone. Avoid giving out your personal phone number*.

Concerned about protecting your privacy? *

MyPrivateline offers a novel way to "protect your privacy" — a disposable phone service that provides a safe and private way to connect.

This service allows users of dating websites, personal ads, chat rooms, instant messaging programs and other forms of "faceless communication" to give out a phone number that is safe and secure.

e-Harmony — With over four and a half million users, it is the Internet's fastest growing relationship service.

Founded by relationship expert, best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren, eHarmony is the first and only online dating site dedicated exclusively to helping serious singles build lasting relationships for life-long love and happiness.

eHarmony is a service geared towards serious, mature-minded singles who are looking for a long-term relationship.

Dog lover? To discover a "human benefit" for a high-tech product designed for pet owners, click: "Talk to Me Treatball"

Post a FREE ad at Yahoo!

Yahoo! Personals is the place to find great people near you.

Searching, creating a profile and flirting online with Icebreakers are free.

Add free voice and video greetings to your profile and up to five photographs. Search by keywords (like "hiking" or "dancing"), find people similar to ones you've already seen and liked, or search by characteristics and traits you have on common with others.

7-Day FREE Trial — Instant Message anyone on Yahoo! Personals . . . FREE for 7 days.

Is this your excuse to visit Paris???

Cook-Dating (des cours de cuisine pas comme les autres — roughly translated: "a cooking course unlike the others") intrigued us ever since we noted a mention on its singles-only cooking classes in the New York Times Style Magazine.

Here's the drill:

Three-hour cooking class is conducted every Thursday evening with the last of the month devoted to gay night.

Comment ?
Apprenez à connaître l'autre en 3 heures, l'art de cuisiner et de recevoir dévoilant la personnalité de chacun(e) des élèves. Au travers des saveurs nées de l'imagination de Fred, laissez-vous transporter au gré des découvertes, notamment celle de la dégustation qui suit naturellement le cours…

* limited to six participants — three women and three men if hetro gathering.

Pour combien de personnes maxi ?
6 personnes maxi, soit 3 filles / 3 garçons dans le cadre des Cook-Dating® hétéro et 6 garçons ou 6 filles pour la version homo

* cost: 70 euros/$92

Combien ça coûte ?
Cuisiner votre passion ! Pour 70 euros, venez partager plus qu'un cours de cuisine ; ce prix comprenant le cours de 2 heures et la dégustation

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With Premium Personals & Chat, you can instantly:

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* Make contact through email, chat or video chat.
* View adult photos and get steamy details.
* Watch adult video clips and live action streams.
* See who's online in your area.


Numerous dating communities, including: College Connection, Ebony, Recovery, Single & Over 40, Alternative Life Styles, Christian Connections, etc.

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The Single Gourmet
in Greater Toronto, Canada
— offers you an opportunity to get in on TWO good things — The Single Gourmet and DateRite.

The Single Gourmet features no-pressure meetings at their events — a wonderful evening out with friends, no matter what!

As a member, you'll choose among an array of gastronomic, travel and entertainment experiences, including theme parties, special dinner dances, country outings, billiards, bowling, rollerblading, ice skating — even travel to exotic destinations.

DateRite is their new personalized introduction service "for people who are serious about getting serious." (Joining DateRite in combination with The Single Gourmet will enhance your choices.)

(Note: Your Single Gourmet Membership Card is recognized in 19 cities across North America!)

Outdoor Singles Network — Connecting outdoor-loving singles, ages 19-90, US, Canada, and overseas, since 1989. — offers hundreds of supportive articles, expert advice columns, daily news items, advice columns by Ivana Trump and Mars & Venus author John Gray, useful links and tips, and interactive bulletin boards for people at every stage of the divorce process — from separation to divorce to remarriage.

With sections for every province/state in North America, you'll find guidance to help you achieve a friendly, civilized, and fair divorce.

Working Vacation (The Gentleman Host) — Are you single and a gentleman — 45-72 years — who loves cruises, socializing and dancing? This opportunity may be tailor-made for you!

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What's your "deal breaker"?

"For your type, keep typing — Vegetarians, pet fanciers, truckers, Buddhists and goths — to name a few — are looking for love in all the specialized places, as niche dating websites multiply." Los Angeles Times' Calendar Weekend — February 8, 2006

One of them may be just what you seek.

Here's a selection — Consider the possibilities!

Veggiedate — Adventist, Buddhist, Bahai, Taoist, Hindu, macrobiotic, rawfood, vegan

Trucker Passions — Free Dating & Personals for Singles with a Passion for Trucking

For tips on dining alone, visit: "The Fine Art of Dining Alone," by a truckdriver's wife.

BigChurch — Half million Christians worldwide

Grapedates — Meet wine lovers from every region of the United States.

The Right Stuff — To join you must be a graduate or a faculty member from one of their group of schools (including Smith, Dartmouth, Stanford, Davidson, Swarthmore, Duke, UC Berkeley, Emory, University of Chicago . . .)

Hip Hop Matchmaker — Connecting HipHop lovers worldwide.

Conservative Match — Find people who share your cultural, political and religious values.

TallFriends — Tall singles, friends and admirers!

JDate — brings Jewish singles together for dating and marriage.

Prime Singles — caters to the over-50s.

Science Connection — the meeting place for single science professionals and others with an interest in science or nature. Members are in the physical, natural, medical and social/behavioral sciences, technology, computers/IT, and various non-sci/tech occupations, including law, teaching, business, music, and the arts.

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HurryDate — 25 dates in one night!

25 dates in one night?!?! That’s right! Check out a HurryDate party and you'll go on 25 three-minute dates in one night.

Mark on your SCOREcard if you want to see each person again, and they'll match you up! The rest is up to you to get in touch!

RSVP for a party in your city HERE!

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Are you a New Yorker? Lucky you! If you are looking for a new way to make friends and you want to be part of a community, The Lunch Club is the place for you!

If you plan to visit New York City — you're invited too!

Believing this organization would be a terrific connection for NYC visitors, asked The Lunch Club founder Jared Nissim if the organization was open to "outsiders." Here's his response:
I hadn't thought of marketing the Lunch Club to visitors since it's been all about locals meeting locals, but I think it would be nice to have visitors from out of town :-)

The Lunch Club is a full-time community organization with over 1200 members in their 20's and 30's.

Many come to The Lunch Club because they have their daytimes free. Some are just in it for the dinners (The Lunch Club After Dark).

Gatherings are hosted in the East Village or Lower East Side several times a week for lunch (or dinner), good times and socializing.

You will always be introduced to the people around you and you're sure to make many new friends with similar schedules. They encourage you to come alone!

Whatever your situation, they have gatherings that fit your schedule and hundreds of great people to meet, connect and keep in touch with. They have a "Virtual Clubhouse" that makes it easy!

It's FREE to join! You just buy your own meal. To learn more about The Lunch Club and how it works, click: here

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Hospitality Club — Find FREE accommodation and meet friendly people on your travels through the Hospitality Club — thousands of members, membership is FREE."

Their aim is to bring people together — hosts and guests, travelers and locals. Thousands of Hospitality Club members around the world help each other when they are traveling — be it with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town.

P.S. There are no obligations. (You do not have to host anyone at your home.)
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