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I Love You, Let's Meet » Q: what do they call the Irish sports page?

Q: what do they call the Irish sports page?

A: The obituaries. I love that joke. And I had an Irish-American roommate in Boston who followed the Red Sox very passionately (she also kept up with the real world!), but she still read the obits first when she opened up her Globe.

Was reminded of that wonderful, poetic, mordant, Beckettian, Joyceian Irish gloom by this post about a new Irish dating site, Lonely.ie, with its startling sentence, “Google Trends discovered that “lonely” was the word entered most frequently by Internet users in Ireland.”

The name of the site flies in the face of Americans’ self-presentation online: “Oh, I’m just online dating for kicks; my life is just GREAT and full and busy and happy, and maybe I could squeeze in a romantic partner but I certainly don’t NEED one, gosh I am so self-sufficient and did I mention happy happy happy?”

Sort of hopeless, funny, Beckett-like thing I’m observing out my window: A child next door is trying to make a snow angel in a light dusting of snow, and leaving no impression whatsoever.

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