"Wanted: Big Date for the Big Night." Personal ads like that may soon be showing up in publications across the country.
While it's never fun to be dateless on New Year's Eve, some singles say that with this year's millennium hype and hoopla, the pressure to pair up is more intense than ever.
"This is a big night. There's never going to be another night where it changes centuries," says Stacey, a 31-year-old flight attendant. "You change how you're going to write your checks out. You change your computers. You change everything."
"This is the one night where I don't want to be alone. I want to share it with somebody," she says.
The prospect of spending New Year's Eve alone helped convince her to sign up with match.com, an online dating service.
"I feel pressure that, you know, it's like, 'Come on, you've got to find somebody for this,'" she adds.
But Stacey is feeling the pressure from others, too. People are quick to judge anyone who's still single, she says.
"I don't really feel like I'm a loser," she says, laughing.
"Society makes you feel like if you're a certain age and you're not married,...you get that question 'Well, why aren't you.' I'm going to say, 'Because I'm a loser,'" she notes.
And single men aren't immune to this millennium angst either.
"The thought of being without a date on the millennium is just incredibly depressing, " says 39-year-old Carl.
At The Drip Cafe in New York City, a coffeehouse that doubles as a dating service, Carl browses through books of prospective mates.
But his dating dilemma for the big night has been remedied by his employer.
"Luckily I have a job where I'm working on the millenniumÂ….I remember thinking as much as a year ago, 'I hope I'm still in that job on the millennium,'" he says.
"Because, it would be near suicidal to be like without a date on New Year's Eve on the millennium. It's just like the celebration of the century. And you're there with, you know, just like, it's just me," he adds.
As a flight attendant, Stacey could easily choose to work on New Year's Eve, but she probably won't.
"I'm really a fun spirit, so I'd want somebody fun. I would like to go out to dinner. And I'm a beach person. Somewhere near the beach that would be fantastic," she says.
And even as the final days of 1999 fly by, Stacey refuses to worry.
"You can't think that way. No, that to me is very negative thinking. I try to think very positively. I try to think, like that night I can meet Mr. Right," she adds.
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