“It has always been my contention that a laundromat, not the singles bar, is the most effective place to meet your soulmate.”
That sentence above was written by me, back when I was still single in Columbus, Ohio, working as a freelance writer. It doesn’t compare to, “It was the best of times, It was the worst of times,” the first sentence of some famous book, but I can never remember who in the dickens wrote it.
My article appeared in a publication called Living Single, and it was the very first humor column I ever wrote. I found a copy of that the magazine this week while cleaning the basement. I hadn’t seen it in 35 years. Here is the column, just as it appeared more than three decades ago—a time before online dating, Facebook and Twitter. Is the column funny now? Was it even funny then? You tell me. Come to think of it, don’t tell me.