Then again, her bar might have been set low when she discovered at least one of her former dates could be found on the website dontdatehimgirl.com, a website that serves as a warning to others. She wants an actual man who plans dates and picks up the phone and brings flowers. “To start a new life after death, divorce, end-of-life parenting—and we’re all searching for that right fit.
“It’s true, Naples is a tough town for singles,” she adds.
“They don’t call when they say they will, they don’t plan ahead when you actually do get a date, and they don’t seem to own a real shirt anymore.
“He said he came straight from fishing because he lost track of the time,” Clarkson says. Marla Ottenstein (pictured), owner of Professional Organizer Florida and the writer of the , met a man who appeared to check off every requirement on her list of wants.
“He smelled like bait, then took me to a seafood restaurant. He was tall, handsome, smart, well-off, well-dressed, well-read and well-traveled.
The man got a bit awkward but kept the date going, but the woman never left them.
“It turns out he had met—and slept with—this other woman the night before,” Schantz says.
I couldn’t believe somebody could be this boring.” It turns out they can—in part because they don’t have to put out much effort.
Seems things on the other side of the chromosome find a dating pool that’s much deeper.
(Insert gasp here.) “Age is a challenge, and I don’t know why,” Simmons says. Are they broken from former relationships and think that if they go younger they’re going to have better success? When you’ve been married for 30 years, that happens.
I hear that from a lot of men: ‘My wife didn’t want to.’ Whether that was go here, play golf, go boating, travel, whatever.” But while the mystery of why men would be interested in younger women has some perplexed, others, such as the matchmaker L’Heureux, recognize there are still some good ones out there.
never be another man in my life,” says Paulette Fischer*, a 73-year-old Chicago transplant who now calls Sanibel home. I know I adore Southern men.” But her story isn’t an anomaly.
“Let’s just say the singles scene seems to suck for ladies my age, as we women are 4-to-1 to men,” says Michele Eddy, with a laugh. Maybe I should be matching people geographically first.
In fact, during their first date he mentioned he had traveled around the world four times just that year.