Why should finding a job be the only thing we have Resumes for?
Why should restaurants, hotels, and spas/salons be the only thing we have Yelp reviews for?
Why should computers, cellphones, cars, or boardgames be the only stuff that comes with a User Guide or an Instruction Manual?
Introducing The Romance Resume (using myself as an example)
Stephanie D. Lewis
1964 You’ve Met Your Match Rd. — Soulmateville, ME
A wide range of endeavors with previously committed, conflicted partners has enabled me to overlook most people’s personality flaws while still suggesting 11-mile beach walks. Romantic scenarios and awkward intimate situations handled with aplomb.
HOT MESS IN SAN DIEGO (Marriage — 10 Years)
- 15% Hot, 85% Mess
- Performed wifely duties even when nobody was watching
- Great vocabulary, frequently used the word “aplomb” with great aplomb
- Laughed at his jokes as if hearing them for the very first time
- Packed him interesting lunches with a high trade-in value at the office
- Apologized easily using “I” messages to own up to mistakes: “I’m sorry I married a humorless engineer such as yourself!”
- Hung up phone expediently during conversations, often when he was mid-sentence
- Gracefully accepted hair growing into Farrah Fawcett style, (thus saving on salon visits!) even though trend ended four decades ago.
- Spearheaded meetings with interpersonal discussions that started with, “If your mother and I were on a sinking boat that didn’t have enough life vests, who would you jump in and save first?
SLEEPLESS, SPOTLESS, SCENTLESS, SCHEDULE-LESS, SCALE-LESS, IN SEATTLE (Marriage — 9 + Years)
- High-functioning spouse even with severe insomnia, losing dog named Spot, zero perfume or candles, never writing down important appointments, or weighing herself
- Exuberant in non-stop rainy weather
- Skilled in TV remote delegation
- No special preference for a side of the bed
- Met all sexual deadlines
- Exceeded all dust-mite quotas
DEFINITELY DESTINY FOR STEPHANIE (Girlfriend/Fiancé — 6 Years)
- Intentionally left off the accent mark in correspondence when using the word ‘fiancé’ so it looked like I was an expert in finance instead of being engaged
- Attended all necessary office socialization events with him, nodding appropriately to his co-workers and saying, “Yes, I can verify that!” each time he spoke
- Instinctively changed name to Bethany (which rhymed with Stephanie) when reputation as Stephanie became tarnished, damaging those associated with her
- Carved baked potatoes into subliminally seductive shapes, then wrapped them in tinfoil to set the evening mood
- Painted red-flags pink
Knows all lyrics to The Winner Takes it All by Abba and lapses into them at opportune moments
Voted Most Likely to Look Okay From Far Away With Your Glasses Off in high school
Listens to friends’ troubles and problems, offering sound advice I would never think to follow myself
Went the entire year without eating so much of a sliver from the top layer of our frozen wedding cake which was meant to be thawed out and shared together on our first anniversary according to Bridal Magazine. Smashed entire thing into his face when he called it “a stupid and pointless tradition,” thus efficiently making up for not doing this cute little feeding ritual at our actual wedding reception.
Consistently phoned a happily married pair of friends every day for a month on their landline, sat silently until they each accused the other one of having an affair — then expediently provided them with the business card of our Couples’ Therapist so she wouldn’t have an empty appointment slot in the middle of her schedule after my boyfriend and I broke up and cancelled our ongoing sessions.
Studied Ginger Grant’s walk on Gilligan’s Island
Mentored by Lucy Ricardo
Graduated Charm School w/ Post Alpha Bitta Cereal honors
Introducing The Love Yelp Review (Example written by 2nd husband)
Stephanie D. Lewis was my first and last foray into Liouve. That is not a typo as she puts the “I Owe You” into Love. When I first met Stephanie, her customer service was wonderful, her product was unique, and she was a great value for the time and energy I spent on her. As years went by, the Stephanie D. Lewis no longer had a laid back atmosphere and she became a bit dry and underseasoned, although the humor she provided still had a real kick to it. Parking is limited around her exterior and if you stay overnight you can expect to be towed at your own expense. All in all, I would say you won’t Yelp too much during your relationship, but you should still expect lingering pain. Oh! Bring an umbrella as she hates the sun, and beware of the subtle yet shapely baked potatoes, which she serves with great aplomb.
Introducing a Personal Direction Sheet (written example by Hasbro)
The object of ‘Stephanie Perfection’ is to see which of the two partners stay sanest at the game’s conclusion. Play commences in one shared home as your opponent utters something extremely agitating, immediately followed by “Sorry!” and the slam of a door. Do not pass the kitchen, do not collect a home-cooked meal. Soon you’ll find yourself in a little room racing the timer to fit all the yellow shapes into a vibrating pop-up tray before it buzzes and rudely jolts you into an adrenaline rush. But tell me does she kiss like I used to kiss you? Does it feel the same when she calls your name? Somewhere deep inside, you must know I miss you. But what can I say, rules you must obey. So the winner takes it all. And the loser has to fall. The winner takes it all, the loser standing small. Besides her victory, that’s her destiny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOlEsQxmKGc
Readers: Which one do you think could be a viable future tool for daters? A Romance Resume, a Love Yelp Review, or a Personal User’s Guide?