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The online dating scene

I couldn’t help myself. I had planned to wait a bit, but I had to peek. I was the kid that put in an exhaustive search of his mother’s bedroom just before Christmas. Yes, the patience of a gnat. It’s gotten much better as I’ve grown older and I’ve learned how to fake patience, but the drive for immediate gratification is still there.


Just for Brian… Can I tee off yet? How about now?


I’ll have to admit there are a few women here on campus that I would consider dating, but I have to draw the line at dating a colleague. Not going there.


I did some searching for which platform to look on and settled on the one for the more mature crowd in China. Feels appropriate. Not sure what I’ld find, but had to look. I created a profile and started looking. What did I see? A mountain of women that look like they’re teenagers. Seriously. All the Asian women age like sloths. The men? Not so slow. There were a few that made me feel like I was a creepy old man. And those were some in their forties. I’m not kidding. How old is this young lady? You look and ponder. I’ll wait. Go ahead. :tappingfingersonthetable:



She’s 44. Oh come on now. Seriously? I could post pics of many more. Same reaction. And here’s the weird thing, after walking around Hangzhou I believe she’s 44. I can’t tell how old any of these women are. It’s not until somewhere around 60 or 70 that it becomes a bit more clear. It’s a creepy feeling. Hey, she’s hot. Wait. Is she 20 or 50? Dang. What’s a single guy to think? I don’t want to sound completely shallow. Isn’t looks the first thing we notice? To be clear, there’s no way I’m dating a women under 40. I need to find someone that’s lived enough life to be on an emotional and maturity scale similar to my own.


Okay. I’ve been down this road before. I was deeply in lust with my ex-wife. I’ve made that mistake and won’t go there again. I’m looking for specific things and will hold myself up to that list. I need someone with shared interests. Travel. Movies. Food. Games. Fun. Golf isn’t a must, but at least the interest to try. I need someone that will talk to me and challenge me when they disagree. I need someone that will appreciate what I have to offer. Hopefully I will learn and understand her needs and I’ll find a match.


To the computer. What happened in the next 24 hours is mind blowing. I just made a profile and looked. I swear. I didn’t pay anyone off. My email inbox was FLOODED the next morning. I’m talking a landslide of likes, messages, and favorites. Each with a separate email to let me know I’ve been contacted in some way. I got hits from all over China. Just over 200 emails. I kid you not. Women from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu… I think you get the idea. I believe I’m an avenue to get to the states for most of these women. Whatever the reason, I’m suddenly popular. Go me. It’s an odd dynamic from what I remembered when I did the online thing back in the states. I remember having to initiate contact. Not the case this time around.


Next steps? Not sure. Time to be picky. Certainly filter it down to only Hangzhou.


Final fun for the day. Which of these ladies (all in Hangzhou) are older than 45?



Obvious answer? Of course they all are. Now, which is the one that’s 55? Best of luck with that. If you want to pick one and guess in the comments I’ll let you know if you’re right.

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Ed GULYAS
Ed GULYAS
22. Sept. 2022

Are they using filters on their photos?

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David Shick!
David Shick!
23. Sept. 2022
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Yes, I think so. I didn't realize it until recently. A friend sent me a picture just the other day and it was obvious that a filter of some form was used. I'm starting to believe Steve's comment below was spot on. They seem to have a fixation with looking young as much as possible. A generalization, but much more true than back in the states.

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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
03. Sept. 2022

I'm going with the one in the middle is 55... I will keep all Sammy Hagar references to myself:) Or would that be Sammy VanHagar? not sure:P

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Heresolong
Heresolong
02. Sept. 2022

I have a friend who married a Chinese woman about forty five years ago. They are approximately the same age. For the first twenty five years everyone thought she was his daughter. Now everyone thinks she's his grand-daughter. He mostly thinks how unfair it is.


Oh and I'll guess "one on right" for oldest. And at the risk of sounding shallow... no never mind, I won't tell you which one I think is the most attractive. But you should totally call the one in the middle. 😁

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David Shick!
David Shick!
02. Sept. 2022
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Sorry, not on the right side. My gut told me everyone would guess wrong.

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moirareyman
moirareyman
02. Sept. 2022

I'm guessing the left lady.

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David Shick!
David Shick!
02. Sept. 2022
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Big red X.

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When our friends Laurie and Eric lived in Japan they found the same thing. They look young on purpose. Laurie found it odd and uncomfortable how young they all tried to look and talk. You were told you would be popular, guess they weren't kidding.

Far left seems the oldest.

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