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Others have taken part-time jobs delivering pizza or working for Verizon or Comcast. At ages 60-64, there are close to 2.3 single women to every single man. The last actual sighting of a single man age 75 or above was made in July of 2008, and he was later proven to be an extraterrestrial.
Thousands of older women expressed interest in dating him, but, after several unsuccessful dates on Match.com, he fled to his home planet.
Ask if she knows older single men and she will either have no idea or will suggest Ralph, her husband's never-married second cousin whose hobby is creating sculptures of all the former Presidents, using Styrofoam peanuts and twist ties. Research into this enigma has resulted in several answers, depending on one's perspective, life experiences, and the success or failure of one's last date.
Some suggest that older single males find younger women to date, a myth popularized by the media and the Russian mail order bride industry.
They read men's self-professed penchant for cycling/hiking/boating/climbing /kayaking /running/walking/swimming/golfing.