The End of the Bohemian-Bum Man-Child Era

I recently realized that I, like so many women, keep dating the same type of guy. If I make (out with) the mistake over and over and expect different results- they say that’s the definition of insanity. I’d personally like to avoid the cliché that all women are crazy. So I’m attempting to analyze my dating patterns.

Maybe if I can make some sense out of the mess of my love life I can stop this loop-de-loop of Mr. Wrong.

Interesting Discoveries from My Dating History Research and Reflection

#1. Three men have ever dumped me. Two out of those three got hideous forearm tattoos not long after said break ups. 66%! Coincidence? Impossible. Hilarious? Incredibly. Indication I have terrible taste in men? You betcha.

#2. The vast majority of men I have slept with claimed to be insomniacs (I go for guys who like to complain)….but then had no problem sleeping til noon (I go for guys who waste their lives).

#3. The last two guys I dated were both into the ludicrous “entertainment” that is pro wrestling. If a person is desensitized to watching grown men beat the shit out of each other with little injury, seems likely he won’t realize the consequences of beating the shit out of my heart. Experience tells me it’s true.

#4. I have a demonstrated pattern of falling for guys with clear signs of substance abuse. Do I hope to be so alluring he’ll love me more than Nancy Whiskey? Adore Mary Lane more than his long time beloved, Mary Jane? I don’t find myself competing with other women for the affections of men, I compete with inanimate objects. How fucked up is that?

#5. Five for five of the last guys I’ve dated couldn’t afford to take me out to dinner. That’s fine. I’m not going to dump a guy for going dutch. The problem pattern was that 3 out of the 5 couldn’t afford unlimited MetroCards. That’s the monthly subway pass, it costs $112. These fellas couldn’t afford $112 upfront, two even canceled dates cause they couldn’t afford the trip! How do I react? Not one, not two, but THREE times? Oh no! I can’t  be shallow and dump a guy for not having enough money! THAT was my thought, not You’re a bum. I don’t date bums. This might be the new definition of insanity.

The broke, artsy, substance abuser, possessing questionable taste. He thinks I’m amazing. Probably because he’s amazed I’m giving him the time of day. This, ladies and gentlemen, this is “my type”:


Well not anymore. I’m done with that type. Forever. It’s the end of an era, friends, I’m calling it the end of my Bohemian Bum Man-Child phase. This is serious. Nothing, not even if he looks like Ryan Gosling, can make me go back. No joke. Guys, cyber bully the shit out of me if you think I’m falling off the wagon.

It’s the dawn of a new era. I’ll be 28 years old in two weeks, this comes not a moment too soon. This is the dawning of…okay I don’t know exactly what to call this new era…yet. But I think I’m gonna like it. The first man I’m dating as part of this new phase doesn’t have an unlimited Metrocard. Because he has a car. A Prius. (Plus he composts, this is enough to melt a California-NYC transplant’s heart.) He doesn’t think I’m amazing just for giving him the time of day. In fact I’m not sure he thinks I’m amazing at all…yet. I think he’s sweet, funny, kind, and smart. Amazing? I’m not sure either. I hope we both stick around long enough to find out.


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NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

27 thoughts on “The End of the Bohemian-Bum Man-Child Era

    1. I didn’t say it was bad, I said it was “ludicrous”- like that rapper guy. Is this the Kevin I think it is? The one with the awesome “Wrestle Mania AXXESS” shirt?

  1. Hahaha I’m so sorry but #5 made me laugh out loud. My online dating profile said things like, “I’d prefer if you were rich” (as well as a variety of other satirical or inappropriate comments). I didn’t land a millionaire, but it kept out the bamas.

      1. I’m actually writing a book for Kindle about my online dating life. It’s on the back burner since my laptop was destroyed and I save it all on iCloud, but it’s coming. That’s what my blog was originally going to be!

  2. I jumped off the man-child bandwagon last year and I WILL NEVER LOOK BACK! Seriously, I dated every guy on this list. Why?

    We are too good for this shit!

  3. Loved this post. Completely understand.
    I don’t think I have a type, but I definitely am holding out for a guy who has DONE something with his life. I want a guy who has something to say for himself.

  4. Does the current one know of your raucous, rum-swilling, cutlass-wielding past? And how does he feel about it? He should think, “Wow, that’s awesome!” If he thinks it’s embarrassing, dump him now.

  5. I recognize all of these signs. Honestly, I think ‘do you like pro-wrestling?’ should be your opening question from now on.

    And yes, broke guys. At first it all seems really romantic (‘Who needs money when you’re living this creative bohemian lifestyle etc etc’) but it’s not fine when every time the check comes, they immediately look at you with the expectation you’ll get out your wallet. (Which I always did of course.)

    At least you recognize the signs now! x

  6. Might I suggest this new era being that of the Grown Ass Man Who Has His Shit Together? It’s kind of like when you step up from badly assembled Ikea furniture to furniture that is delivered complete in one, beautifully put-together piece.

  7. Any man looking like Ryan Gosling deserves a second chance. Think about it. Just close your eyes…and think about it 🙂 Great blog post!

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