Miles From Fenway


NYC Response 5 – The Swedish Security Officer
January 1, 2005, 1:56 pm
Filed under: the experiment

From: The Swedish Security Officer
To: finy0535@gmail.com
Date: Jun 17, 2005 4:48 PM
Subject: Room in apartment wanted by Swedish Security Officer

Hello!
I saw your ad. at craigslist.com and I am very interested!
I am a 26 year old guy from Sweden who will start working as a Security Officer for the United Nations this August.
I will send you any information you need if you think I will be suitable to rent a room in your apartment.
Sending you a picture of myself from my mission as a UN Soldier in Liberia last year.
Take care!
Regards // The Swedish Security Officer

Wow. The pictures he included? This guy was HOT. Tan, buff and in uniform (or half of one in one of the pictures). Damn. I sent him the follow up email, hoping this was another “Rower” situation.

From: The Swedish Security Officer
To: finy0535@gmail.com
Date: Jun 22, 2005 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: Room in apartment wanted by Swedish Security Officer

Hello Finy!
Well, I kinda guessed that the ad was not seriously meant but it didnt hurt to try didn’t it?
Sure I could answer some of your questions. ๐Ÿ™‚
Interesting experiment I must say..
Well talk to you later! ๐Ÿ™‚
//The Swedish Security Officer

I loved it when the guys were good natured about this. Here’s the answers to the questions I sent him.

From: The Swedish Security Officer
To: finy0535@gmail.com
Date: Jun 23, 2005 6:03 PM
Subject: Re: Room in apartment wanted by Swedish Security Officer
Hello Finy!
Iยดll answer your questions inside your email to make it easier for me.

>Name: The Swedish Security Officer
>Where do you currently live (neighborhood is fine ) : A small city in Sweden
>Do you live with roommates, parents, or on your own? : Temporarily at my mothers place.
>What about this arrangement appealed to you? : Cheap rent and an opportunity to get to know a proffessional attractive woman in New York. If I didnt like it I could always move so I felt there was nothing to loose.
>Can you actually cook and clean? : Of course.
>If the potential roommate had been unattractive would you have still
>agreed to the arrangement? : yes, as long as I could have my privacy when I wanted.
>Did you make any assumptions about the poster’s identity? : I felt it had to be one of two choices, either what was said, an attractive woman OR what it in fact was, a fake.. But again, I had nothing to lose.
>If you had moved into the apartment do you think you would have told
>your friends/family about the arrangement? : Yes.
>Any other comments? : Where can I find an arrangement like this for
>real!?!? ๐Ÿ™‚

Awww. He was sweet and not at all creepy, which was one of the biggest shocks I got from this little experiment. How many normal guys were responding!

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