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“Dear PoPville,

I was walking my dog on 14th and N This afternoon (Tuesday, 10/20 ~3:30) when a guy stopped me to ask if he could take me out for drinks sometime.

I’m not sure if the pandemic has ruined my social skills, or if I have developed such a strong instinct to avoid random men on the street who call me cute..but I just awkwardly laughed and said no thank you. We went on our separate ways.

A few seconds later I realized that: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I was walking down Lanier Pl to grab coffee at Philz late this morning (Thursday, 10/15 around 1130) when I made eye contact with a very handsome man sitting on the patio with a friend. For a second, I thought it was a dude I’d previously dated (that ghosted me) so I turned around to confirm if it was him — it wasn’t. Basically, both of us ended up doing a double take to make eye contact again. At this point I flashed an inviting smile, alas mask got in the way and the moment was lost! If you are this handsome man and I read the situation correctly, hit me up! (If you are the handsome man and I read it wrong, please do not message me to destroy the fantasy!)”

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“Dear PoPville,

“On Wednesday evening (October 14), a very helpful woman on her bike ride out of the Navy Yard gates stopped as I was walking my own across M Street SE. She asked if she could help with a flat tire and then laughed when I showed her that my bike was fine and I was just having a cargo problem — I bought more than I could safely carry in my bike bag at Blue Jacket and had to walk it home. Always good to find a fan of quality beer, especially if she’s a bike commuter.”

Ed. Note: If this is you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch with OP. For those curious about passed missed connections, some have been made and when possibly I’ll try to update when/if more are made.

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“Dear PoPville,

I saw a really cute guy yesterday (Tuesday, October 13) at around 2:45 pm at the 14th St. NW USPS underneath the Municipal Affairs building. He had a skateboard and a very cute gray and white doggy with him. We exchanged looks and commented on the long line, but I chickened out and left without even asking his dog’s name let alone his own name or number! Please help me find the Sk8er Boy, PoPville!”

Ed. Note: If this is you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch with OP. For those curious about passed missed connections, some have been made and when possibly I’ll try to update when/if more are made.

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“Dear PoPville,

Can you help me find Cody? Last Sunday, 10/4, I was at Meridian Hill Park and noticed a cute guy packing up his hammock. I thought he left a hammock strap behind, so I chased him down and introduced myself, but I chickened out on asking him for his number before he biked away!

Cody, if you see this, let’s meet in the same spot for a hammock date on Friday, October 9 at 6pm!

OK Meridian Hill/Malcolm X missed connections are closed until next month :)

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for the musician at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park!

I was going up the middle, main stairs at the park and all the way at the top as you make a right, there was a handsome guy sitting on a bench putting away his music gear. He had a guitar and a small speaker next to him so I think he had been playing earlier. There was eye contact and a smile, but I’m not good in these situations so my smile back was likely lame. About 10 minutes later I had another opportunity as he walked past me again with his gear all packed up, but I panicked, looked away and down at my phone. Read More

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“Thursday eve… I was walking across 16th and columbia with my bike- gold pants and a white seinfeld tshirt. You were walking the opposite way with a rake- in some sort of blue jacket. My glasses were on my forehead (stupid mask fog) and I couldn’t tell if we we’re making a ton of eye contact, were we making a lot of eye contact?? I think we were.

Regardless, I was in a huge hurry to fix my bike before close and you were clearly going somewhere very urgent with that rake. Was this a missed connection?”

Ed. Note: If this is you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch. For those curious about passed missed connections, some have been made and when possibly I try to update when/if more are made.

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“I got COVID tested this Tuesday morning at the Judiciary Square testing site.

I noticed a woman behind as the line progressed. As I got to the table where they confirm your birthday and give you the testing bag I could have sworn we made eye contact a few different times before we walked down for the test and out of the site. I almost said something as we were walking out, but didnt.

She had headphones on and one of the testing nurses complimented her shorts and I think I heard that we have the same birthday month. If this was you reach out because what could be more emblematic of these times!!”

Ed. Note: If this is you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch.

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“Dear PoPville,

On this super hot/humid thursday (9/3) morning I was walking by Tryst on 18th after taking a run and saw a super cute woman sitting & reading at one of the outdoor tables in the corner of the patio (I think she was wearing a Michigan shirt)

I wish I had said something at the time but didn’t! Wanted to put this out there if she noticed a guy walking by (around 9:00am) in orange/pink shorts and a gray T-shirt wearing a mask. If this is you and you did notice me please reach out!! I feel crazy doing this, but it’s COVID so why not!”

Ed. Note: If this is you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch.

Also our last missed connection at Tryst resulted in two connections sadly they were not the missed one.

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“Dear PoPville,

Late morning yesterday (Monday 8/24) I saw a (very cute!) guy sitting outside Tryst bakery on 18th – we shared eye contact for a bit as I walked by. On my way back up 18th a few minutes later, I scanned the Tryst patio and found him already looking at me with a big smile as I walked by. I smiled back but had a mask on and was in a rush. I wish I’d done something, though I don’t even know what that would look like! I’ve been thinking about that quick little exchange today, even though he’s probably married – or just a normal friendly dude and I’ve simply reached the romanticizing-literally-any-human-gesture stage of quarantine. Read More

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Bagels Etc. at 2122 P Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was at bagels etc around noon on Sunday, you were with a few friends and needed a dollar, I gave you one and you were appreciative. It was a quick encounter but now I’m curious / interested about you. Here’s shooting my shot!”

If this is you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch.

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