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Nearly 20 men and 20 women, between 30 and 40 years old, paid each to guarantee an uninterrupted five-minute conversation with 19 people who might be date-worthy.
" "Well," I say, "it could be one of many things: you didn't make a good impression, I just wasn't interested or I forgot." Phyllis wasn't amused. There are at least 15 other women gathered here at Carson's American Bistro in San Carlos Park whose name I haven't misplaced. This is speed dating: The style of rapid-fire courtship that has lured singles in cities throughout the United States for more than a decade crept into southwest Florida last week in the form of a Relay for Life fund-raiser (a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer).
" If both parties write "Yes," event organizers will send each person their match's contact information. "This is like speed breaking up," I say to Leslie as I sit down with her.
She's wearing a beige sweater and dark-rimmed glasses and she's slouched over the table, a half-sipped glass of chardonnay in front of her. The first four minutes were great," I say, "but by the end I was wondering how I got involved." "It's all rather emotional, that's all," I joke with Leslie.
(But) I’ve been alone for a few years now and it seems harder than ever to meet a man. ” This may come as a shock, but being a single woman looking for love in Southwest Florida poses some challenges. “(Perhaps) my prince is riding his white horse somewhere else?
“I’m thinking I’m either hard to match—wonderful as I am—or this is a geographically undesirable area for me,” says Eddy, who splits her time between homes in Fort Myers and the Panhandle.
In fact, talk to virtually any single woman over 40 in Southwest Florida and you’ll hear a similar story: multiple women for every man, unresponsive online matches, a shallow dating pool, and, of the relatively few dateable men around, poor manners and an understanding they are a hot commodity.
“They feel like they don’t really need to put any work in,” says Catherine Clarkson*, a 58-year-old divorcée who’s lived in Naples since 2010.
“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.In fact, during their first date he mentioned he had traveled around the world four times just that year.“I asked him if he went anywhere interesting,” Ottenstein says."When you apply for a job, when you walk into the room, the interviewer makes the decision in the first five minutes," the professor says. "You don't even have to speak." Communication is 93 percent nonverbal, according to a study by the University of California at Los Angeles.
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.