I am not a kid anymore I am 66. The last time I dated was 45 years ago. I am not sure that I want to date yet but am thinking maybe in the next year or so.
In the meantime I need a lot of help in HOW to date at my age. In the '60s as a late teen and in my early 20s I met most of those I dated at dances, I went on Friday and Saturday night around a country dance circuit. Now if I meet men it is mainly as part of a couple and not as singles.
I don't want to go into online dating or go to a meet up I am not ready for that. But I would like to find someone to go to the movies etc with.
Tell me your own experiences or where did you find that someone special?
Well, it just got weirder. I was poking through profiles and found two men that I know. Perfectly nice men... for someone else. One is the tailor who made a lot of the really good pieces of my work wardrobe before I retired. (I guess he knows my measurements, huh?) I know the other because I've seen him at Toastmasters events over the years. I don't see the potential for attraction in either case. It could be darned awkward if either of them is interested, especially the first, where I see even less potential.
I do find it reassuring that at least two profiles are of real men with real pictures of themselves who are, as far as I know, harmless.
Whatever happened to friends and family members introducing you to their unmarried friends? I met Ray at a dance but probably would have met him eventually as we found out we had mutual friends. My sister met her husband through mutual friends. My sisters-in-law met their husbands through work or school or mutual friends at parties. Maybe we need to help other widows/ widowers out by arrangimg some meet ups and playing Cupid.
I think a lot depends on whether they think the friend would find us attractive, or even not wanting to rock the boat in a circle of friends. After all, if it doesn't work out, that causes problems in the whole "friend constellation." I met my husband through a mutual friend. It wasn't a fix-up; she was publishing a 'zine in those days and he was the guy who ran it off on his employer's copy machines. And we just hit it off. Did your sisters-in-law get formally "introduced" by their friends, or were they at a social event and just clicked with someone? I know my friend didn't plan a "fix-up", she just wanted to get me out of the house. Perhaps it's more like that.
Sue I agree totally.....I met my ex husband and late husband through close friends....everyone tells me now they don't know anyone which I know to be untrue......My son-in-law who is a cop told me he will never get involved because if it doesn't work out he doesn't want to feel bad for either of us....I have a widowed neighbor who was "fixed" up with a friend...and in 5 months there were a lot of problems...she drove the fixer upper crazy...so I think this might be one reason...Just something I have picked up....but times have changed in many ways....I have 5 brother-in-laws who never say Hi...I remember the day when close male friends and family members were there to help the widow with maybe some small household repair.....today is so very different......JMO
It still happens- a woman in my church in our age group is dating a really nice man she met through mutual friends. They're both widowed. It gives me hope.
It may be that most people don't want to get involved in someone's personal business by suggesting a potential date for them and, as noted earlier, might be worried about what happens if it doesn't work out. My friends know I'm open to dating; every once in awhile I let them know of some of the more interesting profiles I see on the dating sites. (The latest was an Episcopal priest with 4 kids who'd been legally separated from his wife for 6 years but was still married "for family reasons"- presumably to keep them on his insurance. Hey, at least he was honest.) I'm still not ready to pull the trigger and get a paid membership to the dating sites. Still hoping to meet a good man in the normal course of things.
Athena..that is so nice to know..that people do still give widows/widowers a helping hand...I just haven't been so lucky...I have tried dating sites..not for me, there are many, many married but separated men on them...and 99% is because of keeping even just the wife on their health insurance...I;m with you....I would like to just meet someone ...talking in the grocery store, in the Dr. waiting room, etc..doesn't much matter...in a group meeting...volunteering....
I am the end of a six month subscription at ourtime.com....Since joining, I have received explicit voicemails from sexbots AND when I go to "search" on ourtime.com, my McAfee webadvisor indicates RED-meaning the site is unsafe and/or sells your info to others as well as placing "PUPs" (potentially unwanted programs) on your computer...Just thought I'd pass the word along.
My experience with ourtime contained nothing unsafe. I kept my personal email private and only corresponded through emails on site at ourtime which is what they advise when you join. Most of my experience was fine- corresponded with a few interesting men but not suitable for my purposes-friend only. Any time there was a questionable email they give you the option to block anyone you do not want contact with. one box. one check mark. Also I never gave out personal information like address or phone numbers. My computer gave no warnings about the ourtime site. I found it well-run and safe. I learned a lot about what I didn't want from that experience. But I was cautious. No phonecalls and no pups to the best of my knowledge. That was about 2-3 yrs ago. Might have been changes but I found it acceptable. fyi
Thanks for your telling of your experience with ourtime.
I haven't paid for a subscription to OurTime but took my profile down and Unsubscribed to e-mails- couldn't find a way to disconnect completely, of course. I just found that their daily e-mail of "prospective matches" seemed to be created by re-shuffling the deck of guys in my age group and location and dealing 6 off the top. Many were team sports and motorcycle enthusiasts- both are fine for other people but just not me at all. Others had "finished high school". My late husband had had to drop out of college when he ran out of money, and he was a very smart man, but I'm more likely to find compatibility with someone who's also got a degree. Clearly they weren't doing much to "match" anyone.
About a year after my divorce I was remarking to a coworker that the gals in the "Wave Cage" were starting to be interesting. He told me that I needed help and later that night he and his wife chatted. She knew a coworker who had gone through a divorce and that she needed to get out. They arranged a blind date for us and we went out for dining and dancing. She nearly backed out but her parents packed her bags and shoved her out of the house. I nearly backed out but my friend and his wife arranged for me to stop by their house to fix something and with neither of us knowing what was going on, Susan was there and I met her.
We went out that night and had a wonderful time. That was Saturday, I was so interested in Susan that I asked if she and her son would like to tour the Aircraft Carrier I was stationed on. The tour was a success, and we decided that we would date, once in a while. After 6 months we were best friends, and 6 months later I was handed orders moving me from Jacksonville FL, to Norfolk VA. That's when I realized that my "best friend" was even more serious, that I loved her and wanted to marry her. She said "Yes" and we had 35 wonderful years together.
Friends can help.
Wonderful happy story Frank...I wish I had friends to help...(:
On the subject of "Our Time" never had a problem BUY did start to receive a lot of e-mails from porn sites, and my pictures and profile were stolen from the site when my account was hacked...a friend came across me on a not so nice site...knew I would never go on a site like that and called to let me know. ....dating sites work wonderfully for some and not for others....
I would still prefer to meet someone through friends, family, or on my own at a group ..or volunteering ..etc....get to know each other until one or the other makes a move towards that well known cup of coffee...this is just for me ...we are all different..I have learned a lot about me in the past 7+ years since Bill passed....I know where I would like to move to...very hard to get an opening somewhere....but I am not in a hurry for anything...Thank God I am happy and at peace..