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The Set Up

Would you set up two friends? Is it a good idea to set up friends? What about a friend and someone you know fairly well but haven’t seen for a long time? Or two people who have rhyming names you’ve never met?

I’ve had two successes. They got married because I was in their lives. I’m amazing. At the same time, I’m still friends with only one of those couples. So there may be more to the story than I know.

But I’ve had many, many, many, many failures. I may actually be quite horrible at setting people up. If it were a college class, according to my percentage, I would’ve failed. Maybe even been asked to leave the university.

And yet I keep going.


I think my main problem is that I think all of my friends should be friends. I think if you hang out with me, you have things in common.

I’m beginning to think that some people only have the fact they hang out with me in common. That might not be enough for a relationship.

It’s enough for all of my relationships. It should be enough for every relationship.

If it’s not, I think you’re just too picky.

Everyone should lower their standards.

Have just one.

“Do you get along with Marianne? You do? Let’s get married.”

I think I just solved a major international issue.

I’m running for President next.


This statue was made after I introduced two people and they realized they both knew me.

This statue was made after I introduced two people and they realized they both knew me.


  1. livrancourt says:

    I met my husband through a mutual friend. She and I aren’t particularly close anymore – we never were, really – but she did at least one thing right.

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      I was close friends with both couples who got married. I have no idea what happened with the one couple. They should be naming their kids after me. And sending me gifts on their anniversary. Even if they no longer like me 😉

  2. Sarah says:

    I set Heather Powers up with a friend in college. They got married. And then 18 years later he was the jerkiest of jerks and the result was they got divorced. Does that mean I failed? The new guy she’s dating is also someone we met in college. I keep encouraging her to marry him. But maybe she shouldn’t listen to me considering my previous pick didn’t end up so stellar? Hmmm….

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      It’s hard to stay away from encouraging relationships. Unless Kevin and I are fighting over the chickens. Then I tell people to run.

  3. Kelli B. says:

    I’ve only fixed up one friend. And it was very successful. Until it wasn’t.

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      But the important thing is that you tried

  4. Megan Goates says:

    It’s a noble effort but fraught with danger. My husband’s grandma tries to set up everyone in the family with everyone else in the world. They’ve had to tell her to back off or they won’t come to Christmas or Sunday dinner at her house anymore.

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      My mom left me alone after the guy I was dating told me he was gay. She decided I should take a break after that.

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