I went for a drink with a guy I had been chatting with online.

He seemed pretty normal (good job, intelligent, funny).

I wanted to know your worst online dating tales, and you had some doozies.

As I read through them (and apologies that I could not fit them all into one column), the immortal words of Richard Brautigan came to mind -- the coda to a story about a woman who wreaked romantic havoc in the lives of many of his friends.

Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.

I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?

He keeps talking as if he hasn't said anything off, and I stop him and ask, 'What do you mean by corsets?

' And he says, yeah, he liked antique corsets and his wife would model them for him.A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder.On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.