The setup: Fifty-six percent of Americans believe in love at first sight, according to a "60 Minutes"/Vanity Fair poll released Wednesday.
For the sake of this argument, I'm going to pretend not to be super jaded at 25 and refrain from asking, "But is love even real?!" Coming from the perspective of someone who's never experienced it, I actually do believe it's possible to get the warm and fuzzies from "first sight," whether that means observing (aka staring longingly) from afar or overhearing (aka creeping) the object of one's affection talk about how much he loves plaid and puppies. —Jessica Galliart, firstname.lastname@example.org, @jessicagalliart
Warm and fuzzies at first sight? Definitely. But being compelled to rip your clothes off and hump a stranger like a deranged animal is entirely different from falling in love instantly. I at least want to know whether he's going to try to force me to watch "Two and a Half Men" before I talk "L" word. And we won't even mention the possibility that your smoking-hot plaid-and-puppies dude might be at that party because he just escaped from jail using a ladder made of dental floss and bed sheets. —Georgia Garvey, email@example.com, @gcgarvey
Jessica: But Georgia, isn't one of the first commandments of love to be patient, to be kind, to always persevere? Please don't make me quote Corinthians to make a point about how a dude's horrible taste in TV means he's consequently unlovable.
Georgia: Corinthians is for wedding vows, not smart ladies arguing, I agree. But just because you love your blind, three-legged dog doesn't mean you didn't want to know before you adopted him that he's blind and only has three legs, right?
Jessica: Woof. Dog metaphors always help me understand better. Yeah, you're right, that'd be quite the "Judge Judy" case waiting to happen. But do you think it's possible to experience a closely related sort of "'I COULD definitely love you at some point in life' at first sight" epiphany?
Georgia: "Dog Adoption Court." We have a great idea for a new show! In any case, I think your scenario is possible, sure. But I guess I'm biased. With my guy, it was more along the lines of "love at 15th date." We didn't even have "like at first sight."
Jessica: All right, you're swaying me. I guess seeing the majority of my high school class marry each other at 19 after "love at first sight" wasn't the best example to look to, huh?
Georgia: But I suppose we need the idea of "love at first sight." After all, the mortgages on those divorce lawyers' second homes aren't going to pay themselves!
Jessica: That, and Katherine Heigl would probably be without $9 million, since her next film, "You Had Me at Cello," about a frumpy cellist who meets the violinist of her dreams in her orchestra, would be canned.
Georgia: So that's why Katherine Heigl keeps getting roles. Darn you, love at first sight. You're taking up all the movie studio dollars that could be spent on remakes of "Flight of the Navigator" and "Road House."
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