Update: Note that on August 2, 2008, eHarmony released a 20% off coupon code for registration until August & September on both eHarmony USA and Canada.!

Well, those of you who have read my previous eHarmony dating site review articles and the user comments may be interested in the latest eHarmony Canada Free Communications Weekend.

This time around the fun starts at 00:01am PST (Pacific Standard Time) on Saturday, June 28th and lasts right through Canada Day until 23:59 PST on July 1st. If our friends in Toronto and Montreal aren’t time-zone savvy, that means the FCW weekend starts at 21:01pm EDT on Friday the 27th of June and finishes at 20:59 EST on Canada Day.

As always the eHarmony FCW event means that you can contact any other eHarmony member for free during this entire weekend and write to them personally (eHarmony refers to this as the Fast Track communication option… which I highly recommend. The other communications option is the so-called “guided” communication method which uses pre-canned questions and answers to send back and forth between you and the person you’re interested in.

The other important thing to note is that even during the FCW weekend, you will not be able to see other eHarmony member photos – even if they are a paid member. I find this majorly annoying. Let’s face it, it’s not so much about being superficial as it is about being realistic. All of us judge others based on both a visual first impression combined with the person behind the appearance. More importantly, members who do not post photos often are viewed as having something to hide (as in .. an existing relationship?)…

Regardless, I won’t be using it; 1) I don’t need to hehehe 2) I’m enjoying my vacation with the boys and family.

If you haven’t given eHarmony Canada a try, this weekend is certainly a great time to do it – they have these FCW weekends once every 3 months.

Lunchtime… lunch was marinated herring on Pumpernickel bread…. mmm.

Well, not to be outdone by eHarmony and their free weekend offer, PerfectMatch is having the same deal – use all their features for free this weekend.

If you decide to sign up, make sure to use their discount / promo offer which lets you save $79.00 off a 3-month PerfectMatch subscription.

I used PerfectMatch for a while but not in the last 5-6 months and at the time there were not that many Canadian members… this probably has changed. Worth checking out.

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Well, the site with the 300 questions to establish your “perfect” match in harmony is having a free communications weekend. Basically you get to use all their features (contacting other members, etc)… but you need to register at eHarmony in advance.

Free Communication Weekend

Interesting site, but man that was one serious set of questions… (and no, I never met anyone thanks to eHarmony … although I didn’t try that hard ;))

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Dating : 8 signs your spouse is high maintenance…

On September 15, 2006, in Love, by Robin

I found this article “8 Signs They’re High Maintenance” by Kelly Jones from Lavalife – one of the bigger dating and relationship sites… it’s worth a read, gave me a few grins.

Strutting about town with a gorgeous date on your arm can feel like a million bucks. But if that beauty runs salon-deep and is paired with an obsessive desire for the best of everything, it can cost you a small fortune — not to mention make you feel a little rough around the edges by comparison.
Before committing to a high-maintenance guy or girl, consider the following.
Spontaneous Combustion

Rustic cottage getaways, picnics in the park, back-woods camping, traveling beyond the walls of the Caribbean resort — these kinds of exciting, romantic escapes don’t exist in the worlds of high-maintenance people. The expression “If it’s yellow let it mellow…” means nothing to them. And spontaneity, that bonding impulsiveness that can turn a so-so night on the town into a lifetime memory, applies only to shopping, as in, “Which gold card should I use today?”

Holier Than Thou

If your man instinctively screeches for help at the sight of a spider on the laundry room floor or your woman refuses to take out the recycling box to save her French-manicured nails, your lover is probably high maintenance. This “precious” attitude suggests they believe that they’re a class above you and shouldn’t have to stoop to such banal tasks. Are you prepared to sign off on all the menial — sometimes icky — tasks all by yourself?

Pets’ Pets

High-maintenance men and women aren’t necessarily dog and cat people in the traditional sense, but many of them do own a pet — usually some small, yapping nervous thing that is happier tucked under an arm like a Gucci purse or man-bag than running free on the ground with other animals. And those that do indulge in making accessories of our furry friends (think Paris Hilton) tote the damn things everywhere they go. You may ask yourself, ‘Am I willing to do their stooping-and-scooping for the rest of my days?’ ( Or better, are you willing to be with someone who thinks it’s OK to have an animal be an accessory? – Ed )

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Would your princess rather wear a bag on her head than no makeup at all — even to the grocery store? Does your man spend hours at the gym toning his mist-on tanned pecks or use more hair product than you do? You don’t really need me to tell you what you already know: you’re partnered with a peacock. We all strive to date singles who put some effort into their appearances (clean… good; stinky… bad), but we also want them to be comfortable hanging out in lounge clothes with a newspaper on a Sunday afternoon. And be comfortable with us doing the same.

Honey Money

In this world, there are savers and spenders. High-maintenance hotties qualify as the worst kind of spenders: they not only dole out dollars for indulgences for themselves (especially on beauty products, spa treatments and high fashion items), they also expect you to contribute to their lavish lifestyle. If credit cards count more than courting, you may have a high-maintenance lover on your hands.

Living in a Material World

There’s a difference between saying “You look hot” and “That’s a sexy shirt.” High-maintenance singles tend to focus more on the details of others’ appearances rather than overall style. Pointing out the luxuries of the car you’re driving rather than the trip you’re embarking on, asking which salon you went to rather than complimenting your new hairdo, taking notice of the threadcount of your sheets rather than your naked body lying on top of them exemplify the overall attitude of a high-maintenance date.

First Contact

Think back and ask yourself, “Where did I meet this person?” If you first laid eyes on them at the spa, salon, or the beauty counter — in other words, their natural habitats — there’s likely no denying you’ve got a high-maintenance hottie on your hands.
Me, Myself and I — Who Are They?

If you find yourself frequently wanting to ask, “What about my needs?,” but are too worried about the wrath those words would bring upon you and all your unborn children now and until the end of time, you can likely count yourself as whipped by a high-maintenance lover. High-maintenance folks tend to be self-centered and self-serving, lopsiding relationships and leaving lovers unsatisfied.
Armed with these tips from the pros, your dating game just got a whole lot smoother, sleeker and sexier. Game on.

Originally published at LavaLife – reprinted with permission.

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