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You need to open up your mind. But mostly, it was the stupid hookup app I avoided out of pure picky pride, especially around certain February holidays. The picture displayed his name, age, and distance. Look at those arms. It lacked substance: 6 feet 2 inches, loves travel and music, visiting Maui for a week, beach ball emoji. Tinder, she said, was a sales funnel for suiters.
The app lets you filter users: How old do you want them?
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What gender? From there, users scan through le on the island.
When Cara arrived on the island without knowing any locals, she used Tinder to meet out-of-the-ordinary people and acquaint herself with the place. She collected favorites.
Kundalini top-bun guy for ecstatic dancing. Jersey dude for downing car bombs.
WWOOFer for harvesting crops, and the like. At the height of her Tinder days, when all her matches were within 10 miles of each other, things got invasive. In Lahaina, she recognized and dodged a match while making her way to an arranged Tinder date the next bar over.
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Another evening shortly after, Cara told me her paranoia of seeing separate Tinder-matches hanging out had materialized. It became clear that Front Street oozed with Tinder contenders, and she tried to avoid unintentional run-ins if she could. Cara once stumbled into two separate Tinder matches playing giant-Jenga together at Dirty Monkey.
She ed their game, toying with the strangeness of the occasion. Her lady pal Parker, 27, had the same luck of running into matches unexpectedly.
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The app was like window-shopping, she said. It was the Amazon Prime for admirers and I bought into it, bad.
It made the whole game of swiping right seem a bit more consequential. Cara and Parker both took precautions before initially meeting up with matches.
Parker and Cara had moved to the island together. They initially spent mornings swiping Tinder over free Wi-Fi to hang out with other newbies to Maui. Tourists tended to want to do the same, well, touristy things.
Locals were much more laid back, taking a lot longer to respond, but always had more interesting things to do. They sometimes slept like sardines in the trunk of their Toyota Sienna when it was too rainy to set up hammocks or tents. For the most part though, Parker said, Tinder matches thought it was hilariously novel, like being on tour with her band of non-musical talents who slept by the beach. Once, Cara said, she and her van-mate Tanner, 25 and Tarzan-haired, matched with a couple on Tinder who double-dated them in the sands beside the van.
He then averted my attention from their Tinder to his, where I saw his Speedo photo introduction.
I wanted to stand out by putting something wild, abrasive, or maybe clumsy to break the ice. He likes Tinder because it put the ocean of Maui women into the pond of his palm. Yet, single we were and lazy I was.
And Cara walked me through her app. He swiped right on her too, almost immediately.
It was a match.