the more time i spend in the “always interesting” world of online dating, the more i’m amazed by the many options and specialized sites that appear. npr recently featured the latest in michigan dating sites: yooper. singles.com.
for those of you not familiar with the state of michigan, it’s made up of two peninsulas. the lower peninsula, and the more remote and rustic, upper peninsula. the upper peninsula (u.p.), is where the ‘yoopers’ live. originally settled by the native americans, and later the cornish and finns who came to work in the mining and logging industry, they have their own dialect, and have tried off and on to become their own state. much to their dismay, they are still a part of our state as of this posting.
one of the food mainstays for these hardy working people were pocket sandwiches/pies known as pasties. filled with root veggies, and with or without meat or fish, a pasty is considered an art form in the u.p., with recipes passed on through generations.
and just like people from every culture all over the world, yoopers are on the universal quest for love. thus, their site was born, and just like every other dating site, it has its own slant, target demographic, and set of parameters. to register you’re required to answer a series of questions only a yooper would love:
a) how do you prefer your pasty served?
naked, with ketchup, with gravy
b) favorite color?
carharrt tan, real tree camo, duct tape grey
wearing plaid, bear wrestling, outdoor snow activities, chopping wood, home brewing
d) favorite great lake?
and then there’s the pitch:
At Yooper Singles we will match you with a quality Yooper. Each of our members is looking for a long lasting connection, that’s deeper than Lake Superior. Every year, dozens of single Yoopers seek love in the vast forests of the Upper Peninsula and along the beaches of the Great Lakes. Yooper Steez pioneered the dating industry in the Upper Peninsula by launching Yooper Singles and within days, YS has served as many as eighteen Yoopers, across all fifteen Upper Peninsula counties. We continue to redefine the way single Yoopers meet, flirt, date and share pasties, proving time and again that you can make love happen in the Upper Peninsula and that lasting relationships are possible. Our members aren’t only serious about finding flannel, saunas, and pasties, they also seek love. Yooper Singles puts you in control of your love life; meeting that special Yooper and forming a lasting relationship, where you can live happily ever after … in a log cabin. Whether you’re interested in Lumberjack Dating, Fisherman Dating, Finnish Dating, Native American Dating, or just finding someone to share your venison with, we can help you find the date or relationship that fits you best. Search free through all of our online personals. Literally, dozens of single Yoopers in your area have posted their dating profiles on Yooper Singles. Young and old alike, bearded and not, from everywhere around the world, there is a Yooper waiting for you. Find your Yooper today!
and the reviews:
I have finally found my lifetime sauna partner — Toivo
Thanks, for helping me find my lumberjack— Jane
maybe i’ve been looking on the wrong peninsula?
i do really love the great lakes and pasties and accents.
still not sure about the bear wrestling though.
Right now, I’m as single as a slice of American cheese.
credits: npr/stateside, yooper.singles.com, michigan pasties