Valentine’s Day can be a real drag. Unless you’re happily linked to a lover, February 14th can act as an annoying reminder of everything you may be missing out on.
It’s no wonder, then, that Eric Petersen became the talk of the town with his recent craigslist post (text posted below). Recently single, Eric’s looking for a “Valentine’s Day girlfriend.” Somebody he can be “generally lovey-dovey with” until the end of the Valentine’s weekend, at which point he and his new friend “will resume (their) regular lives.”
We couldn’t resist the opportunity to help Eric on his quest. On Thursday morning, he joined us to roll out our BT Valentine’s Day Bachelor blind date. We’ve partnered up with the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald to present an unforgettable Valentine’s Day morning. We’re looking for three women interested in a blind date breakfast with BT’s Bachelor Eric. It’s easy to apply – just email us a few paragraphs and a current photo according to the criteria Eric lays out (below). We’ll work with Eric to narrow the (already impressive) list of applicants down to three. Each of the three women will enjoy some one-on-one time with our Bachelor on a special Valentine’s Day edition of Breakfast Television. As breakfast wraps up, Eric will invite one of his three dates to continue with him on what promises to be an unforgettable weekend.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a special event on BT without a few surprises. Whether you wind up spending the weekend with Eric or not, you won’t leave our studio empty handed. Go ahead and apply – you’ve got nothing to lose!
We’ll notify our finalists in the days leading up to February 14th. Be sure to tune into a very special Valentine’s Day edition of BT! Eric’s breakfast dates will kick off in the 7 o’clock hour.
Yours in life, love and the pursuit of happiness,
Eric’s original craigslist ad:
I do want a girlfriend – I just don’t really want one right now.
After enduring the Christmas/New-Year season and all of it’s “couple oriented” festivities, I’m looking for a girl-friend to hold hands with on Valentines Day. Like me, you have probably spent the past year doing one (or more) of the following:
- working on your career/jorb (not a typo)
- volunteering in youth programs
- training for a race of some sort
- painting the finishing details on
- your Battlestar Galactica figurines
These responsibilities likely have kept you from playing the “pin down a boyfriend” game. Even if you happened to catch one, you’d probably just want to throw him back anyway.
Here’s what I propose:
You join me for a whirlwind Valentines Day breakfast date, live on City’s Breakfast Television. Here’s the catch: there will be three women there. Each woman will join me for some one-on-one time over one course of a gourmet breakfast prepared and served by Andrew Ihasz, Executive Chef and Mark Chisholm, Maitre D’ at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. After the three courses, I will invite one of the three women to continue their Valentine’s Day plans with me.
This is when the gf/bf status will commence. We can go to a fancy restaurant, leisurely stroll under the waxing crescent moon or maybe even crash a wedding reception at a seedy hotel here in the city. The sky truly is the limit here. We will accompany each other to any parties or appearance either of us may be obligated to throughout the weekend and just be generally lovey-dovey. Once Sunday morning rolls around we will resume our regular lives again.
How it works:
You reply with a clear, current picture (mandatory) and a brief bio with at most 396 words (include any activities you are obligated to attend or would like to do. If your story sounds compelling, Breakfast Television producers will reply with some questions. If everything feels groovy, my people will call your people and they will do whatever they do to make things official, starting with our Breakfast Television appearance the morning of Thursday, February 14th.
Things like hand holding, loving pats on the rear end and other rules regarding affections can be set out at the start – or, we can just fly by the seat of our pants. After the weekend is done, we can still be friends (unless we can’t stand each other, in which case we can downgrade to the nemesis level – I’ve always wanted one).
- You have someone to keep your fingers warm on our witch tit cold Edmonton nights. I’m an excellent cuddler by the way (I can provide references, and not just from my mother)
- You have a built in designated driver (I stay away from “the sauce” – I fear it may just be my Kryptonite)
- I love to cook. I’m not Chef Ramsey or anything, but I know what to do with some meat and veggies if we decided to stay in rather than go out.
- You won’t be stuck having to kiss someone like Tyrone, in Accounting (you know, the guy that looks like Steve Buschemi’s cousin). Boom, got you covered.
- I have a car. You don’t have to walk. This will really mean something to you if you happen to be Amish.
What’s on the agenda:
I’m really easy going. Have a work party to go to? With me on your arm, you can send a message to Tyrone that you just aren’t into him OR his unhealthy obsession with 1960’s G.I. Joe dolls. Are your friends having a get-together at their house for “couples”? I’ll slide right in and socialize like a champ. Family get-together? I win Mom’s heart so sweetly that she will be asking “whatever happened to that cute boy?” for the next 5 years. Don’t really want to stay at the crowded parties for very long? Then we can hit the supermarket, cook up a storm at your/my place and watch catch up on all those Walking Dead episodes we’ve both been waiting to see. Beyond that, we can do anything from rock climbing, to bungee jumping, you name it and I’m in.
I figured that this may be the ONLY time in my life I have to do something so whimsical/spontaneous/irresponsible so here I am: the Breakfast Television Bachelor. I’m 37 years old (most mistake me for under 30) and recently became single. It took me a few days to get up the courage to post this ad, but now I’m super excited about the possibility. I was raised by 4 sisters (like being raised by wolves, only instead of claws and teeth, they had eyeliner and mascara), I LOVE to laugh, I work as a professional, I’m physically active (long distance runner, skier, mountain biker, mountaineer), outgoing, social, warm and friendly, excellent conversationalist, hard to be nervous around, and easy on the eyes.
This list is the “It’s not me, it’s you” list. In other words, if any of these apply to you, you should likely find a different ad to reply to (like this one): Lazy, mean, unkind, prude, think drugs are cool (pharmacists and anesthetists excluded), still infatuated with last years boyfriend (or at least be kind enough to not blab endlessly about him/her), intolerant. Well, lets get this party started…
Want to invite us to your event?
If you have an activity on Valentines day weekend that you would like my “girlfriend” and I to attend, please message me with the subject “Invitation”. I will respond directly to let you know if we are available. There has already been a few good offers so please get your request in right away. Preference will be given to odd/interesting invitations. I want to crash at LEAST one wedding, preferably with a live band. It would be even more awesome if I can propose a toast.