As a single, my life would be incomplete if, every now and then, I weren’t faced with a situation that forced me to ask myself, “Just how desperate am I, exactly?” Maybe I will face the question when deciding whether to call someone back. Or maybe it will come when I must decide whether to pay another $125 for another singles charity event. Well today, it came when I considered – just for a millisecond – buying a $70 sterling silver SHI pendant. The SHI Symbol is the newest import from our Anglo brethren and stands for “Single-Happy-Interested.” Like the wedding ring (or maybe the Scarlet Letter?), the idea is to brand individuals in an effort to convey status and, to some degree, indicate to others how to receive those donning the symbol. In theory, I like the concept, and if they were giving them away for free, I would consider wearing one. The fact of the matter, however, is that I’m not sure I’d want to date someone desperate enough to cough up $70-$270 for a SHI Symbol (i.e. gimmick). The company has yet to officially launch in the U.S., so keep an eye out for SHI Symbols. I’m interested to see if it catches on, and if so, among whom. Maybe I would buy one, depending (baaa-aaaaa, baaaaaaaaa).