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Hook Chas Up and Win $10,000

Hook Chas Up: Desperate or Datable?

If you're too busy to meet people, you've tried online dating and come out of it empty-handed, and your friends haven't been good matchmakers, why not have the whole Internet set you up? All you need is a good incentive, say $10,000, some professional photos, and a witty and to-the-point website. Meet 40-year-old Chas, who did exactly that when he created Hook Chas Up. The concept is simple: find his future wife and he'll fork over 10 grand. This is what he says about the "reward" on his site:

If this helps me find a soulmate, it'll be worth bazillions. But I don't have bazillions. $10k seemed to say, "I'm serious but not insane."

Even with cute captioned photos of his likes and interests, which include Shel Silverstein, Scrabble, and his city of residence, San Francisco, what do you think of this stunt? Would you date Chas, or does he seem a bit desperate?

Photo by Toby Burditt

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looseseal looseseal 6 years
I have to say I find this fascinating and can't wait to see how this works out for him. The way he talks about marriage and kids makes me feel like it's the image of marriage and kids he's after. The actual woman is kind of secondary to his dream of being married and being a father. And I'm not a fan of the use of the word "soulmate" and the overuse of Flash (The exact same website could have easily been built with html and CSS). On the other hand, I guess there's something to be said for not being (or at least not appearing to be) too picky with a list of qualifications as long as your arm for your hypothetical spouse-to-be. And being honest upfront about whether marriage and kids are what you want is not necessarily a bad thing. He looks twelve in that first picture in bed with the toy monkey (and quite a few of the other pictures, too). But that might appeal to women who would think of their husband as one of their children. I know women who love to read, but I'm sure they would roll their eyes at his favorite books. Those are pretty much the favorite book choices of someone who doesn't actually read but like to pretend they do. I guess the $10000 question is, would he love someone who is almost the same as him? Neurotic 40ish woman, kind of cute but not super-attractive, who is dying to get married and have kids right away? Or are there actually qualities that he kept hidden in his head for fear of coming off like an ass? Like maybe he would prefer a younger woman who is likely to have a more fertile womb. Maybe he wants someone with supermodel good looks even though he's not in that category himself. Maybe he wants someone who will indulge his self-absorption, so it's best if she is indeed a very VERY giving person who is not the least bit self-absorbed herself. I bet he wants someone to play the role of "tree" to his role of "boy" from The Giving Tree. Sorry, people who have to keep mentioning how "giving" they are... usually not as generous as they think they are. It's just that they are so self-absorbed, every second they spend on someone else seems like a huge deal to them. Whereas someone who is truly giving don't even have to think about it. Oh, and since he mentioned scrabble, he probably wants her to be smart too. With a great vocabulary of big words. This rules out a lot of women who are simply marriage-and-baby-crazy but think about very little else. There are very few women who are smart yet still want to have children with a man who's basically a child himself. Of course, there's also a chance he wants her to be not too stupid to have a conversation with him yet relatively stupider than him so she would think he is smart instead of constantly rolling her eyes at his stupidity (as a truly smart woman would be wont to do). That's a delicate balance. I can definitely see scam artists giving him the illusion of a woman perfect for him. This is like an open season call to scam artists. It would be the miracle of miracles if he doesn't end up getting scammed.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
Cute, but you can tell from the site he's obsessed with himself.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Ha! I think it's cute and clever. Just imagine the story of how they met that could be told!
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
I think it's kind of cute. He's not offering 10,000 to anyone who'll marry him, just whoever plays matchmakers and introduces him to someone right. Maybe he's hoping someone will read his description and likes and will say "Wow, I know a girl just like that"? A little strange, but not too creepy I don't think.
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