Like good horoscopes, some of the posts on Craigslist's Missed Connections board are vague enough to be applicable to nearly anyone: "I think there's a spark when we see each other at work, but I don't know if I'm misreading the vibe," for instance, or "Saw you in the cereal aisle, but I was afraid you'd tell me to get a Life if I asked you to be my Honey Bunches." But then there are a few entries that are so full of specific references and inside jokes, they would only make sense to their intended recipient.
The following are real, quirkily obtuse entries from the Missed Connections section of Charleston Craigslist, broken into lines and stanzas and minimally edited for clarity:
Gerald's - m4w (River's Ave)
We had a good conversation
about the long journey
from Oklahoma to Charleston,
Cork, and what a great town Charleston is.
I wish I had gotten your name at least.
We could meet up at Madra Rua to talk more.
Who came to pick you up from Gerald's?
advance auto counterperson - m4w - 39 (ladson)
you help me with an antenna thursday,
you showed me your sunbird,
Quarters for laundry - m4w (West Ashley)
into my store
for a refund
today and wanted
most of it
Maybe a year ago ... AC's Bar - w4m - 22 (Downtown)
I met you maybe a year ago at AC's one night.
I think it was a Thursday.
You were with your friends sitting at a table.
You seemed really drunk
so I'm sure you don't even remember this.
Me and you were talking
about how we both want to be writers.
We had the same major/minor combo:
Communications and English.
I had to leave, then I came back
and you asked me if I was avoiding you.
I wasn't ... I just had a boyfriend at the time.
I've been single for a while now
and I remembered that night
and regretted not getting your number.
Tell me who your favorite author is
so I know it is you.
LOOKING FOR FRIEND - m4w - 66 (CHARLESTON)
LOKING FOR A OLD FRIEND
Found your dollar Ashley P. - m4w - 28 (Moncks Corner)
I found your dollar
for a second time.
Wanted to let you know!
comic book mural - w4m - 22 (chucktown)
I was out working today, painting my mural next to the indian restaurant
and you, with your dark curly hair, came over and tried to chat me up.
I would've said more but the boss lady was out there also hahaa.
I'll be finished by next weekend so come see me again soon!!
Nice Hat - m4w (downtown)
I was the guy with the nice hat,
you were the girl with the nice hat.