Who knew there was such a thing as Unmarried and Single Americans Week? (The Census Bureau clued me in). And as if in celebration, Forbes has just declared our fine city number three in the rankings of Best Cities for Singles. We lost the crown to San Francisco and NYC came in second, but we did manage to edge out the Big Apple in terms of cultural weight (we’re #2; they’re #3–hee hee). I admit I’m skeptical of Forbes’ methodology given the fact that we ranked lower than San Francisco in the “cost of living alone” category (24 versus 20). Be that as it may, I’ll concur: I’m far happier as a single in LA than I was as a married in Madison. But that’s a whole nother story as they say.
How to celebrate such an auspicious week? Well, my boyfriend and I wondered the same thing, and we concluded that the best we can do is to stay happily unmarried. If you’re single and looking, or at least looking to celebrate your stringlessness, I suggest taking out an ad on Craigslist, particularly if you’re a straight woman. The gender ratio makes it a ridiculously ego-inflating experience. You can go out to dinner with a different guy every night for the next two weeks, and if nothing else, have a dozen good stories to tell at the end of the experiment. Forbes may be calling George Clooney and Cameron Diaz the city’s most eligible bachelor and bachelorette, but I can guarantee you they’re not the most interesting.
(Hat tip to About.com for the Forbes link)