DEAR COUGAR: My friends and I are women in our late 40s and early 50s. Some of us are married, some are single. Individually or as a group we have taken classes, volunteered, gone on cruises, gone to clubs and bars — you name it.
We have noticed that nearly everyone at these activities is either female or with a female as part of a couple. There are loads of single middle-aged women out there joining things and having fun, but there seem to be almost no single middle-aged men. Friends in various parts of the country report the same thing.
Where do the single men go? They rarely go out alone or with a male buddy. Our running joke is they’re all home watching bad cable TV. Middle-aged guys must be there somewhere, but where? You’d think that if they wanted to meet women, they’d go where women are, but we rarely see them. Can you solve this mystery for us? — WHERE THE BOYS AREN’T, NORTHERN WYOMING
DEAR…Cougars in Wyoming?
Dear Cougar, Cougars…get it? Haha. Anyway, Ms. Northern Wyoming, I know exactly where these missing men aren’t…Wyoming.
Guys in your age bracket, if they aren’t married, are probably off somewhere living out there bachelor dreams. You wonder why they’re not where “the women are,” its probably because they’re off where women can’t nag them. They’re at the bars (read bars, not clubs), they’re at ball games, they’re in man caves smoking cigars and playing cards with their married buddies that are only let out once a week. What does Wyoming lack…A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM! I would move away too.
The really adventurous older bachelor is in Vegas, tearing up the craps table and having his dice blow on by twins. He’s living out the dreams of his youth and without a wife and/or kids he has this magical thing call “disposable income” again. He’s doing boat races (a drinking game) and probably more push ups than he’s ever been able to do in his life because he has 22 year-olds to impress. Yes, he’s dating young and you should too.
Embrace your calling. My advice, move to Corona del Mar, California and hang out at The Quiet Woman or 3-Thirty-3 with all of the other Cougars. You’ll meet scores of eligible bachelors. They might all be 25 to 35 in age, but they’ll make you feel young, sexy and fun again.
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