Cork, Ireland – 3:45 a.m.
I love CouchSurfing. It has changed my life in so many incredible ways I can't begin to count. One of the best parts of it is that, despite — and I say this vehemently — not being a dating site, I met my luscious hubby through CS. No, it was not a hosting situation. We were both living in Napoli, both hosting people in our own, separate apartments. We simply bumped into each other at a local gathering. A love of travel in common, a shared belief in the good in humanity, even a few mutual friends. Buonissimo!
Another fantastic cartoon by Natalie Dee. Used with permission, of course.
There are those using the site who do not quite grasp the spirit of genuineness (not to be confused with Guinness), generosity, and connection that Couchsurfing seeks to embody. There are different categories these pretenders to the throne (the throne of awesome, one would presume) fall into, not the least of which is the dread Copy And Paster.
A Copy And Paster does not read your profile before sending you a message, they simply construct one generic message and send it out scattershot style in the hopes that at least one tiny piece of electronic ammo will find a target. It's not about connection, it's about convenience. Why personalize a message when being generic
And so it was when my upstairs neighbor, baffled that anyone would NOT want to be serenaded by himself, 2 guests, and an acoustic guitar at 3:45 in the morning on a Wednesday, woke me up that I received such a message.
Copy And Paster:
I hope that you are doing well. I have a question actually and it is not a typical couch surfing question. I am going to be traveling to Cork, Ireland this fall.
[blah blah blah college blah blah]
I have the option to live at the dorms at the college, but I would so much rather live with the Awesome Irish Folks who are from the area as opposed to in the dorms with other American People.
[long term hosting blah blah blah rent blah blah]
Have a great rest of your Day!"
Clearly there was only one way to handle this.
"Dear Copy And Paste Girl,
Try reading profiles before sending messages.
Awesome American Person"
…Too much? Not enough? Perhaps I should pity the fool.
Oh, listen to that — they put the guitar away. Time to sleep.
Ever felt snarky upon a rude awakening?
Or perhaps received an email that was just the cherry on top
of an already cranky-makin' situation?