Musings from the ever-changing, ever-amazing and occasionally ever-baffling Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fort McMurray Dating Scene

Recently someone recommended a Fort McMurray-specific YouTube video to me. Apparently the video was made by someone local and is meant to reflect the dating scene here. Now, some disclaimers - not all men in Fort McMurray are like this. Not all men here drive truck "at site" (meaning at the oilsands sites). Not all men here are obsessed with how much money they make, or what they drive, or owning a quad. Not all men are named Steve. But there is a lot of truth to this video, and every woman in this city has probably had this conversation at least once. I know I have, and the similarity to the video is eerie. Check it out:

Perhaps this is to be expected in a city where there are so many men, and so few women. There is a definite disproportion in the gender numbers in this city, and there are times when it is blatantly apparent. A couple of weeks ago I met my husband for lunch at the Hearthstone Grille, the restaurant in the Sawridge Hotel. When I walked in it was quite busy, and what I noticed almost immediately was that I was pretty much the only woman there, and certainly the only one wearing a skirt. My husband looked at me and said "It's been a long time since I had lunch with a piece of meat". That's exactly what it felt like, too. Wearing a skirt in this town is like chumming for sharks - except that I bet the sharks play harder to get. I don't want to scare off any women who are thinking of moving or coming here to work - but be prepared to get some attention, even if you don't want it and aren't looking for it. Oh, and my advice?  Stay away from Steve!

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