Modern Romance: The Search for the Girl in Pink

They met at an apartment crawl on Friday night. They talked for hours. Their bodies were so close, yet felt so far… This week, an anonymous post sent to Spotted: McGill described a “missed connection” between the post’s author and a mysterious “Girl in Pink.”

“Missed Connections,” which originated on Craigslist, are personal advertisements posted by people seeking out someone they met or saw without exchanging contact information. The site has thousands of city-based Missed Connections pages, each containing thousands of posts by people seeking out that special someone that they missed their chance with. Jim Buckmaster, the chief executive of Craigslist, said “Missed Connections give people that second chance. They represent persistence in the face of long odds, which definitely adds to their artistic appeal.

On a campus as large as McGill, “Missed Connections” are inevitable. We’ve all mourned the loss of the cutie you locked eyes across the room in Leacock 132, or across the stacks of McLennan, or hustling up Peel on the way to McMed. A look, a touch, a smile – but no name, no number, and no luck. Devastating.

Hearing that “[her] name will be lost in the wind, and will remain as The Girl in Pink…”, we decided to look for her. The Bull & Bear News Team combed the hallways of the Redpath Library Complex in an effort to help whoever wrote the post. To corroborate our suspicions, we performed “the neck test” on our subjects to test if their reaction to a touch on the neck matched the reaction of “The Girl in Pink”, who “studder[ed] from the pleasure of a sensual touch.” Below are some of our top candidates. We hope we’ve found her.

 

Photo by Ryan London

Yara, U1 English Cultural Studies

B&B: Where were you on Friday night?

Yara: I was at La P’tite Grenouille.

B&B: What did you think of the post?

Yara: Honestly… it was creepy.

B&B: Do you have a Missed Connection story of your own?

Yara: No. I feel like Missed Connections happen a lot here, everywhere, but I live in Rez so there’s no opportunity for me to “miss” anyone – I see them all the time.

The Neck Test Results: No shuddering

Yara: Shuddering is not a good thing. If she shudders, it’s probably not a good sign.

B&B: Any advice for the person looking for the Girl in Pink?

Yara: I would tell them to calm down… It’s not that deep. It’s not even cuffing season yet!

 

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Chinchin, 1st Year Masters in Epidemiology

BB: Where were you on Friday night?

Chinchin: I was at the Young the Giant Concert.

BB: What did you think of the post?

Chinchin: It’s clearly passionate. I’m leaning towards creepy, but maybe I’d think it was cute if I was her? It depends on how viral this thing goes.

BB: Do you have a Missed Connection story of your own?

Chinchin: Nope.

The Neck Test Results: No shuddering, just a giggle

BB: Any advice for the person looking for the Girl in Pink?

Chinchin: I would say to drink more and go to more apartment crawls! If it’s meant to be, you’ll find each other.

Melissa, U3 Psychology

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BB: Where were you on Friday night?

Melissa: I worked until around 9:30 pm and then I went to eat Chinese food… with a different guy (laughs).

BB: What did you think of the post?

Melissa: The post exposes a lot about the person. I think if I was the girl I would feel shy about it.

BB: Do you have a Missed Connection story of your own?

Melissa: No! Once you connect with me, you’re stuck with me!

The Neck Test Results: No shuddering, just some laughter.

BB: Any advice for the person looking for the Girl in Pink?

Melissa: Move on and find another girl in pink!

 

Photo by Ryan London

Katie, 1st Year Masters in Public Health

BB: Where were you on Friday night?

Katie: Studying for a midterm

BB: What did you think of the post?

Katie: I think it’s more creepy than cute.

BB: Do you have a Missed Connection story of your own?

Katie: No.

The Neck Test Results: No shuddering, a hint of a blush.

BB: Any advice for the person looking for the Girl in Pink?

Katie: I think they should leave it in the past, and don’t search any further.

 

Quinn, U3 Cultural Studies

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BB: Where were you on Friday night?

Quinn: In Toronto, so I’m ruled out.

BB: What did you think of the post?

Quinn: It provided some entertainment. I love to be detached from things. 

BB: Do you have a Missed Connection story of your own?

Quinn: I haven’t had a Missed Connection, but I’ve had a former lover be the subject of a Modern Love piece in the New York Times.

The Neck Test Results: Would not allow the Bull & Bear to touch her neck. 

Quinn: I hate being touched! I would’ve swatted [the writer’s] hand away and done a full body shudder.

BB: Any advice for the person looking for the Girl in Pink?

Quinn: If you don’t truly speak like that, don’t write like that to attract someone.

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