Monday, July 25, 2005

Would My Friends Do This For Me?

I don't know if posting a billboard about my singlehood would be a thoughtful gesture from my friends or an incredibly embarrassing one. Read this article to see what you think! (Because it's an integral part -- or should I say, "the integral part" -- of my post, I pasted it below.) Note: Thanks to Cory Stephens for e-mailing me the link. Also, thing I'm thankful for today: online banking.

Bachelor’s billboard a sign of desperation?
Utah man’s friends use roadside ad to find him a date

SALT LAKE CITY - Friends say Lance Archibald is a tall, handsome former college basketball player and graduate of Harvard business school.

He’s also still single at 31, and so they’re hoping to speed things up with a billboard and Web site.

“I’m Lance, Let’s go out!” reads the billboard on an interstate near Lindon, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

“It kind of came out of discussions we had, that Lance is such a good guy but not married,” said Morgan Lynch, CEO of LogoWorks, where Archibald is the director of marketing. “Someone threw out the idea of getting a billboard.”
So why the concern over Archibald’s marital status? As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members typically marry in their early 20s, the 31-year-Archibald is approaching the male-equivalent of an “old maid.”

Friends say they’re not sure what the Brigham Young University graduate and former Mormon missionary is looking for but tease “it’s taking a little longer than usual for a guy with these credentials.”

“Team DateLance,” the cadre of friends and co-workers behind the scheme, are screening date applications. The site asks interested women to describe themselves, including age, occupation and personality, and to describe their ideal date with Archibald.

So far, the Web site has received more than 1,500 hits, with several women vying for a date.

“We’re still taking submissions,” Bates said. “As much as we thought it’d be funny, we’re serious about this.”

Archibald is taking the attention in stride, although he says he’s spent a good amount of time explaining to others what his friends have done. And he says he’s not bothered by singlehood.

“I’m not overly concerned about (marriage). I’m pretty happy right now,” Archibald said. “I’d like to get married, but it’s not a concern.”

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Jason said...

Blogging and on-line banking... Whatever happened to working?
But, just on the chance that there are some hot babes (besides Sara, of course) that cruise this site: "Hi. I'm Jason. Let's go out!" I'm six-foot, one-inches tall with longish, unkempt brown hair that normally flops over my Buddy Holly-style glasses. I'm twenty-eight years old, but I act like I'm twelve. I am currently a full-time, temporary English composition instructor. And to top it all off: I'm a self-professed (and self-impressed (and self-obsessed)) elitest, but -- in case you haven't caught on yet -- I do have a sense of humor about it. If you read this post and you just can't help yourself, leave a comment below. Thanks.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Umm, Sara, did you check out www.datelance.com? He's actually really cute and clean-cut. I think he'd be pretty perfect for you... Hmm, maybe I'll submit you. :)

4:46 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Umm, this guy is Bryant Smith's cousin!!!! I knew there was bound to be somebody I know that's related to him.

9:08 PM  

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