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5. Looking for Mr. Right
Because Debra had just bought a new laptop
, she decided that she must start cutting back
some expenses if she could. Her long distance
bill was one expense that sprang to mind.
was paying almost $30 a month to Horizon,
local phone company. That $30 covered her residence
and various taxes, surcharges, funds, fees, and services.
also covered her local phone calls—those to locations
But she was paying another $40-$80
month talking to her best friend and to
boyfriend, both of whom lived more than 12
away from her. But how could she not
to her best friend and to her boyfriend?
she tell them she was having budget problems,
could they please call her in the future?
she just call them less often—a lot less
Fortunately for Debra, she found the solution a
later, when she tearfully discovered that her boyfriend
her best friend were seeing each other behind
’s back. Debra saw them kissing in his car
of a restaurant that all three of them
to visit occasionally. Debra immediately called Horizon to
her long distance service. The female customer service
asked if she was sure she wanted to
this. Debra said, “Yes, I’m sure. All men
jerks.” The representative agreed enthusiastically with her.
only on her new computer for a week
she discovered Computer Dating, a service that promised: “
, you will get to choose from hundreds of
in your own ZIP code area. New selections
day. Only $29.95 a month!” As much as
hated her boyfriend, Debra knew that not all
were alike. Maybe Mr. Right was waiting for
on her computer screen. Maybe he was living
a block away. And she did happen to