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Monday, March 26, 2012

Looking for Mr. Goodbar

(this is a repost from June of 2009, my first month of blogging.)

Now there's a business opportunity for someone! A match-making agency for retirees. I know of several widows and widowers who might be great candidates, not to mention the divorced men and women out there. It could be done on the internet or face to face; there are certainly growing numbers of that demographic.

The possiblilty for catchy names is wide open: Last Chance Liasons; Seeking Senior Sweethearts; Mature Match-Ups. Yep, the possiblilities are endless. Maybe someone has already jumped on the idea. I know there are many websites like E-Harmony out there, but are any of them specializing in the 55-plus population?

This isn't an area I would venture into personally. I only have a 33% success rate on the match making I've attempted in the past; and I mean theWAY past. Back when I was in my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college, I did set 3 friends up on blind dates. One couple never had a second date; the other two couples married; of those, one couple divorced about 10 years later, and I've lost touch with the third couple, so I don't know if they're still together. (Ray and Lainey, are you out there somewhere?) I guess even my 33% success rate is questionable. I just think there's a market niche out there that may need filling and maybe some lonely souls looking for solace.


EVA

13 comments:

tattytiara said...

I actually stumbled across an ad for a senior's dating site once and, charmed at realization that I'd still find enough dating options at that stage of my life to support a small industry, thought I'd check it out. Let's just say, seniors do not mix words about what they're looking for, and what they're looking for is not long term relationships. And by not long term relationships, I mean breakfast not included.

Frankie Dawson said...

I think there are some dating websites for the older generation which I've come across on the internet, but none of them seem to have a huge following, well not as much as the big players out there, the likes of e-harmony as an example.

Debbie said...

Great post Eva as always!!

Terri Sonoda said...

I'm always looking for a business opportunity. 55+ dating would probably not work very well in Vegas, however. The older men out here are addicted to gambling and they seem to have some dream that they'll end up with one of the cocktail waitresses. It's sad really. But kinda funny too. I love watching them flirt with the young women. I would never do that. Well, mainly because Joan wouldn't let me.
Dang.

AgingGal said...

Good idea. I've always wanted to be a Yente!

rosaria said...

Well, you are the business person! Go on start one, right here, right now. While you're at it, do some match-making with all the followers you have already!

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

I think you could be on to something, Eva! Start it up! Start it up!
Great post, and from so early in your career. :)

Pat said...

Funny, the ad at the bottom of your blog states, "50+ singles on line NOW!"

I don't think it's a bad idea at all. They have specific dating services for Christians, Jews, Country Fans, etc. Why NOT seniors?

A Beer for the Shower said...

I don't think I could date enough to ever hope for a 33% success rate in my own personal future...

Eva Gallant said...

Dawn: Thanks! I'm not interested in getting into that line of work, but I think there may be a need.

Terri: That Joan! Where's her sense of humor? lol

AgingGal: go for it! the mature singles of the world are waiting!

Debbie: Thanks so much. You are too kind.

Frankie: Maybe it's a matter of method. They could be scanning the obituaries for potential clients!

One Bad Pixie said...

Love the cartoon! There is always that aspect to thing when you think about it.

The Frisky Virgin said...

Ironically, I've always been quite a good match-maker...just not for myself, apparently. lol Oh well.

Frankly, I think you would be an incredible match-maker. :)

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I wouldn't want the responsiblility today. There's too many weirdos and pervs out there!