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Dear Breakup Girl,
I'm a 37-year-old graduate student who's having the usual dating
difficulties common among those of us who are old and grey and cankered. I know
(since you mentioned it) that there's a book entitled "How to Get Married Over 35" and I've had a look at
that; the problem is that I don't want to get married, I just want a date or
three, and so the advice is just a trifle off the mark (I mean, I don't want to
meet a nice church going man who wants a mother for his three sons, as much as
this would doubtless be another woman's dream).
Therefore, I'm wondering if you (equipped as you are with superhearing,
super-connection-to-this-particular-aspect-of-the-Publishing-world) happen to
know of any other titles, websites, mailing-lists, what have you, that are
focused on this particular segment of the dateless population (old farts).
There are tons of on-line personals ads, of course -- but I'm not interested
in sending erotic e-mail to a phantom on the other side of the globe. My
fantasy life works just fine all by itself (after all, as you pointed out,
fantasies are just that, and that's why they're fun). I'm looking for more
Do you have any? Suggestions, that is...
Yeah, right, skip the Father/Are-You-My-Mother? church
picnic. And right, I don't think you need any more How-Tos. I think you need To
Dos. Well, DO keep at it with the online personals. You can search by
continent, if not actual city. It's a streamlined approach for the otherwise
busy and impatient. Otherwise, on the Internet (it's tough: choose your search
terms wisely or you'll get this) I'd
say (again) see where ivillage gets you.
I'd also say: DO it yourself. Somewhere offline. Make flyers, I don't know, for
an Old Farts Social. Or for an Old Maids Tea. You're clever and funny; you can
do this without being lame and dorky. I'm telling you: build it, and they will
come, cankers and all, out of the goddamn woodwork.
PS Lots of your peers write to me, you know. If you
all (you know who you are) drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), give me
permission to give your e-addresses only to each other -- AND ASK ME NICELY --
I'll hook you alterkockers up.
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