Adult dating passions

We don’t generally hang out in bars, our friends don’t throw parties every weekend (and the ones we go to seem populated with couples).

Our flirting skills are rusty to nonexistent, some of us are still too preoccupied with work or kids to go out, and when do we go out, unless it's specifically an event for "mature" folks, everyone is 27.

“Is he the guy I thought I would end up with in a long-term relationship? They put me in touch with 51-year-old Los Angeles-based Dina Mande, who has been online dating for about a year and a half.

Mande hasn’t found her man yet, but she hasn’t lost her enthusiasm.

” is an actual suggestion from a 50-plus member, which makes me a little depressed. ) Mande, who has been on that site for two months, said she got only two responses to her posts suggesting such dates as a jazz concert at LACMA and lunch by the pool at the Loew’s on Ocean Avenue — both from younger men. Her profile is witty and charming, with stunning photos.

If I were a guy, I’d hang out at the pool with her.

Mike told her that she was the first person he contacted because she met his two requirements: at least 5 feet 10 inches tall and living within five miles of his ZIP code. He is funny, successful, artistic, an overall nice guy, and we have fun together. I’m just trying not to make the same mistakes I made in the past.” Jill and Mike’s story offers hope for Type AAs and slackerdudes alike.

Fifteen minutes into their first date, he asked her out again. Looking for a little more motivation to give it a shot, I called the public relations people at How About We.com, which partnered with AARP in December to run a dating service for that organization's members.

And other research shows that people over 50 are joining online dating sites at twice the rate of other age groups.

way to meet people a decade or so ago, I was safely married — but weirdly, I felt like I was missing out on something.

It seemed like fun, if a bit overwhelming, to shop for dates the way I might hunt for boots at

“Those who think a mate will just come to them and people who consider finding one a part-time job.” I was pretty sure I knew which camp I fell into.

She goes on to explain that she had been proactive and methodical, wading through 2,000 profiles in a single weekend, then emailing the few dozen that seemed interesting and assessing what came back to her.

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