I – m a senior citizen

I – m a senior citizen

Welcome to the adventures of computer dating for senior citizens.

I own a floral business in a puny office building and am somewhat isolated all day. I infrequently meet eligible studs.

So I signed on to a popular dating site and stated I wished to meet an educated, successful, cultured, providing, youthful man.

I found that many of the dudes had a tendency to write long essays about themselves and what they want in a woman.

These essays with their plethora of adjectives can be fairly informative, but by the time emails have been exchanged, and a phone call ensues, one has forgotten most of the essay.

Some include turn-off comments like ",I like to cuddle,", ",I am someone who loves to hold mitts and smooch", and ",I love to get cozy as an extracurricular activity.",

Aren’t all good relationships inherently physical? One man included his daily hygiene routine, including how many times he brushed his teeth.

And my beloved reject is the photo with the nude chest.

My not-favorite rejects are the 45-year-olds who are often attractive, but why are they contacting me? I spent hours on the phone with fellows who were very likely players.

They say you don’t know a man till you live with him. I say, spend an hour and a half on the phone with one.

So I said, ",Never again,", and canceled my membership.

However, the dating site continued to send me profiles, and there was someone I dreamed to meet and I signed up again. I thought he would be a very special man, he is very regarded and accomplished in his profession, philanthropic, exceptionally well mannered, interested in the arts.

He invited me to dinner at a very fine restaurant, and I arrived very first. When he walked in and took my extended mitt, a euphoric tranquil swept over me.

Our conversation was so effortless, and halfway through dinner he invited me for the following evening, which I had to decline due to a prior commitment.

He prolonged the evening, and I could hardly contain my joy in his company. I sent a follow-up thank you, but he never called, and I could not understand why.

So a month later I sent him an invitation to dinner at one of his beloved restaurants. We embarked with his request to combine burrata with asparagus, which was delicious, and he selected an excellent wine that made me a bit of a zombie.

The dinner was lovely, and he would not let me treat. The rest of the evening did not go as well but certainly should not have fated the potential of a third meeting.

End of story? Not fairly.

In the meantime, an email arrived from a fellow in Canada who was moving to Pacific Palisades and liked my profile. I sent a brief response and received his bio, which included his life as a kid, the death of his wifey and child in a car accident, etc.

That was followed up with another long email and a set of questions for me to reaction: Do I like my looks? What was my relationship with my mother? Where do I see myself in five years?

Obviously, this was not real, and I emailed back that he must be writing a term paper.

Then an amusing exchange of emails over our mutual love of movie popcorn led to dinner at a beloved place of mine. But we both realized that the expected chemistry wasn’t there.

The next man and I had a good time at an outdoor restaurant, but we are both busy, and the distance inbetween us is too fine.

I then had a coffee date at a puny restaurant in Santa Monica, the man had taken a table, paid for his order before I arrived. I have always suggested to share the bill, but this was character-revealing.

My next date was tall and splendid and gave me a bear hug when I walked into the restaurant. Unluckily, he thought I was late, but he was actually a half-hour early.

The next two encounters were with nice studs. The very first one used a photo on his profile that was most likely 15 years old. The latter is a retired attorney who is now writing. He took my $Three for my lemonade, and albeit we had a good conversation, I became more interested in the gorgeous German shepherd that sat down next to us with his owners.

Back to the original special man: After three months I texted him about a program at the Hollywood Cup the next month and asked for his opinion. He quickly responded, telling he had tickets and would I join him at the event .

The day arrived, and I could hardly wait, but I didn’t hear from him, so at noon I sent a text asking about the time for getting together. He responded with a cold apology that he had just returned from a excursion and thought it was the following Sunday.

This supposed gentleman now has the added distinction of being the only man in my entire dating life who has stood me up.

I believe my subscription to the dating site still has some time left, and I am still scanning the profiles, but I believe there must be a better way to meet a good man.

Everyone says I should play golf.

The author is the possessor of the floral design studio Millefleur in Santa Monica.

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