I went to lunch with some friends the other day. One of them asked me if I was seeing anyone, and I said, "Not really" (since "not really" sounds more hopeful than "nope").
The other friend helpfully added, "Well, you've been so busy at work."
I smiled and said, "Yeah, let's pretend that's the problem."
At which point things just escalated.
In this economy.
Really, I've got good excuses for being single dating back to high school.